The Easter Bunny brought DC2 a paperback copy of Wandering Scientist’s The Zebra Said Shhh. I figured I’d review it here.
The quality of the book itself is quite good. The paper is thick and better suited to destructive little hands and mouths than most non-boardbook children’s books. Well worth $11.25 (or $9 if it’s on sale).
The pictures are quite nice and are similar to several of our other children’s books. I think this style that looks like cutouts was popularized by Eric Carle, though these are not as sparse and come with full backgrounds. I especially like the parrot. Lots of bold bright colors.
As for the story, it has a pleasant repetition and simple concepts for its target audience. It holds the same wish fulfillment for adults that Go the F**k to Sleep does, only without the profanity. If only saying “Shhh” worked on small human children. There’s always the hope that books like these will build that connection.
After the excitement of breaking open plastic Easter eggs and scattering their contents (raisins) over the floor waned, DC2 was immediately drawn to the book. Ze opened it, folded over the cover, chewed on the inside a bit (another note: the book itself was not made in China), and generally seemed to enjoy it. Miraculously, the book is still in really good shape.
When DC1 (age 6) woke up and started going through DC2′s loot, hir attention was arrested by the book and ze immediately read through it. Later I noticed hir reading it out loud to DC2. So that passed some sort of test.
In any case, I recommend purchasing this book. It’s a good solid children’s book in every respect. And we own a lot of children’s books. Hat-tip to both Wandering Scientist and to X-ist publishing.