Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas
I would strongly recommend not reading this one to your kids right before bedtime! It is not a relaxing book. Rather, it is a whole lot of fun that will have the kids playing a silly game of follow the leader with a rather bossy lady bug. This book is high energy.
“What kind of a face would you make if a tickly green bug were sitting on your nose? Or if it were eek inside your shirt? Could you make a scary face to frighten it away? Or, even better, stand up and do the chicken dance? Yes? Then better get to it!”
This book is suitable for:
- Babies – bright and simple illustrations to capture their interest.
- Toddlers – fun interacting with the lady bug’s questions/requests.
- Preschool – fun interacting with the lady bug’s questions/requests and simple language for letter/word recognition.
What I love about this book
The book is written such that the lady bug is talking directly to the reader. The ask-and-respond nature of the book is engaging for children of various ages.
The requests given by the bossy-boots lady bug will get your children acting silly and are highly entertaining.
While the storyline or ideas presented in the book were not particularly complex or educational, it was a nice to have a light-hearted shake up to storytime. Good, simple, silly fun.
Storytime Tips and Activities
- Try reading this one during the day as it may wind your children up a bit.
- Follow the lady bug’s instructions with your child.
- Have fun reading this with an “over-the-top” voice and have a laugh with your child at the silly actions that the lady bug will have you doing!
- If you want to make this book a bit more educational – run your fingers over the words as you read and play letter/word recognition with your child.