Tuesday, March 1, 2011

For the Love of Thumb

I know it's not February anymore and Valentine's Day is long gone, but I was feeling inspired to write a few reviews of books that fall under the love theme. Maybe it's because I didn't review any Valentine's books or maybe I am just a loving guy. Either way you are stuck with the theme of "Love" for a few reviews.

“Thumb Love”

By Elise Primavera
For Ages 4 – 6
A 12 step program to quick sucking your thumb, this humorous tale of thumb sucking has plenty of style. Rated 3.75 (humor, life lessons, thumb sucking)
Lulu is very happy sucking her thumb. She sees no reason to stop, but since her family is putting pressure on her she begins a 12 step program to quit. Lulu finds it more difficult to quit her thumb sucking ways than she thought it would be. Part of this struggle is due to the sway her anthropomorphic thumb has over her. When She listens to her thumb until the night Lulu has a nightmare. She finds herself with buck teeth and speech problems and decides it’s time to get serious.

Primavera, best known for her “Auntie Claus” books, shows a different side of her talents with subtle vignette illustrations that use playful color and humor to create energy and character. Although the tale positions itself as a manual for children to quit thumb sucking, it will appeal more to parents and those children who have already quit. Primavera fans may be disappointed that it’s not “Auntie Claus,” but “Thumb Love” is intriguing, fast-paced and offers plenty of humor and style to make it worth the read.

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