Maybe you all are already aware of these new books out by Tony DiTerlizzi (of Spiderwick Chronicles fame) and his wife Angela, but I was pretty much in the dark until just a couple weeks ago. I'm not entirely sure this new series for toddlers could be any farther from the previous work we've seen from Mr. DiTerlizzi or not, and though, they're a bit strange, I really think toddlers are going to get a huge kick out of Meno and his friends.
The two books I've seen, Big Fun and Wet Friend, are both done in the same simple manner. Illustration on one side of the page spread, simple text on the other. Not more than a very short sentence. Even early readers will be able to pick out sounds and spell out words, and of course, Meno and his antics are pretty funny, so laughter is a given!
Adults may find the elf-from-space thing kinda weird, but hand this to a 3-6 year old and they'll have a blast. The back of the book includes a glossary of "Meno-speak" and a section on how to pronounce certain words (I especially liked the pronunciation of David Hasselhoff).
Overall, these books aren't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but that being said, I really think the kids are going to love them. I see them as a mixture of Pokemon and Yo Gabba Gabba, which is good or bad, depending on your perspective. Give them a try, if not to let your early readers giggle and practice at the same time, but also to check out something new from the king of the Spiderwick books!
Adventure of Meno, Big Fun and Wet Friend
Tony and Angela DiTerlizzi
Simon & Schuster
Review copy received from TbbMedia
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