In my opinion, a good children’s book should be interesting for both children and adults. If you’re bored, you’re likely to view reading to your child as a chore. Eventually, your son or daughter will pick up on your attitude. If you grew up on Shel Silverstein, Twimericks is likely to appeal to you as much as it will to your children. Take turns reciting limericks with your child and help promote a lifetime love of reading.
Twimericks, written by Lou Brooks, is a book of limericks that double as tongue twisters. Even though the title looks like a small board book at first glance, it’s intended for children ages nine and up. However, my seven year old can read it without too much difficulty.
What I like about Twimericks is that it’s a title with “boy” appeal. I’ve always loved to read, but I’ve noticed that many children’s books are written to be more appealing to little girls. There are too many rough and tumble boys getting the subtle message that reading is a feminine activity and end up hating to read.
My son loves humor books and anything that is short with fun illustrations. Twimericks fits the bill on both accounts. It also provides a good starting point for talking about alliteration, rhyme, and creative writing.
When Twimericks was first published, I had an opportunity to interview the author through my work with LoveToKnow Children’s Books. You can also learn more about the author by visiting the Twimericks website.
Does your child like poetry? If so, please share with us some of his or her favorite titles!
photo credit: Twimericks