Fantastic! The first time reading through the book, my two-and-a-half-year-old picked right up on the idea of placing random items into the story. We gathered a few items from around the house (a dinosaur, pig, ambulance, and boat) and created a funny story that was really engaging, as it featured his toys and plenty of silliness! After finishing our first unique story, he grabbed a different book, and started to make up a new story by placing toys/items on the pages and chattering away to himself. This book certainly sparked his imagination and created a fun, interactive reading experience. Sort of like “Mad Libs,” but more hands on, and accessible to young readers who don’t know nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

[alert variation=”alert-info”]Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover
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The concept is so simple, but quite innovative and impressive. This book will be topping my gift list. In addition, there are reusable stickers at the back of the book, and you can add your own, which makes this book great for travel. The illustrations are detailed, but not overwhelming, and leave room for the story to twist and turn depending on objects selected. I do hope in future books that a main character who is non-white in appearance is featured. There are a few pages with other children of different skin tones, but this switch would make the book stand out even more. Maybe someday there will be a holiday version? Thank you to the authors and illustrator.

I absolutely recommend this book!

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