Yum Yum!  What Fun!
Mara Bergman
HarperCollins (2009)
ISBN 9780061688607
Reviewed by Cayden (age 4.5) and Max (age 2.5) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (3/09)

 

Katie, James, and their dog Harry are hard at work baking.  While they are focused on what they are doing, numerous animals sneak through the window.  They don’t notice any of them until the biggest and loudest one comes through last and scares them!

Cayden:  “Max and I liked guessing what all of the animals were when they were sneaking through the window.  I think it is funny that they didn’t notice any of them come in!  I would sure notice if a camel or a crocodile came through our window!  I liked when they were scared at the end!”

Max:  “I liked the animals coming through the window and when they made a mess cooking.  I liked the snake!”

Parent’s comments:
I liked that “Yum Yum! What Fun” by Mara Bergman only showed part of the animal coming into the house and gave a brief description.  For instance, for the crocodile, part of his tail was shown and then it said that whoever snuck through the window was “long and lean and scaly and green.”  This allowed my children to think about which animal it might be and they had a lot of fun guessing.  Their favorite part in the book was at the end when Katie, James, and the dog finally noticed all of the animals and were frightened by the “scary” one.

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