“It’s Belly Button Beach where tons of hippos stand around in bathing suits too little because they hope you will admire the button on their middle.”
Not all fairies are young like Tinkerbell. The star of this beautifully illustrated book is a grandmother fairy. The accompanied audio track is simply delightful.
“Now I think this is real. Oh, I think this is true.
Yes, it happened to me and it happened to you.
Take a look in the mirror. Do you see something funny?
Is there a round hole right there on your tummy?”
Mo’s one of my all-time favorite children’s authors. I first stumbled upon one of the Penguin books at a local children’s library. Since my 5yo started kindergarten, he’s been bringing home Mo Williems books, selected by his 3rd grade library buddy, every Wednesday from the school library.
A short bio from the author page on Amazon:
A three-time Caldecott Honor winner for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, Mo Willems has also won two Geisel Medals for There is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside? And his books are perennial New York Times bestsellers. Before he turned to children’s books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.
All of his books have lovable and quirky characters. Penguin asks for things and doesn’t ever get anything. Gerald the Elephant and his best friend Piggie have the silliest conversations. Edwina the Dinosaur bakes cookies for everyone.
Here are the top 3 of all the Mo books my kids and I have read so far: