My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A basic take-off of the “If You’re Happy and You Know it Song.” What my family particularly enjoyed is the story around the words–two kids go to a jungle-themed playground and the animals on the playground equipment come to life one at a time. Of course, the mother in the story does not notice. The body of the book just has the first line of each verse (and we didn’t actually sing it most of the time), but complete song lyrics are included in the back. Besides the fun additions to the familiar song (i.e. “laugh out loud” with the hyena or “jump up high” with a frog), my kids liked looking at the pictures carefully on rereads to figure out which animal was going to come to life next.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Cute, three story tale of two pirate friends. I am not overwhelmed by the current pirate craze, but I can get on board with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe. In the first story, they realize that they don’t want to steal, so they buy their seafood instead. In the second story, they want to buy a ship until both of them realize that they are afraid of water and sharks–so they buy a black van instead. In the final story, they find just the right parrot to join their pirate crew. My kids love it. It’s a little longer than an average picture book, but with the nicely divided stories, we can read just one at a time.