A book review of a different kind

I’m lucky to drive right past the library on my way home from, well, pretty much everywhere. When the boys aren’t with me I’ll usually grab a few books for them. Star Wars was the request today, but there were no Star Wars books in so I quickly scanned the shelves for something else. And what should I run across but a true gem of a book? The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater That Grandma Knit.

Now, never fear. This is not an anti-knitting book! It tells the story of a boy who gets a hand knit sweater from his grandma for his birthday, a sweater that he hates. He goes through all sorts of antics to get rid of the sweater, until Grandma comes to visit. The rest, I’ll leave you to find that out….

Little Man and Knittykid both loved it, especially the repetitive line, “It was a truly terribly horrible sweater…and Cameron was never going to wear it.” We said ti together each time. Spinner ignored it completely, so I can tell you it’s perfect for 6 year olds and preschoolers, one year olds, not so much. What I loved was that I was instructed to read it, “like a teacher” since it suddenly dawned on the boys that since I am a teacher, I possess the very difficult skill of reading while holding the book up in front of me while they perched on the coffee table. It is so very impressive that I am able to read to them upside down…a most important skill! *

A bonus for we grown ups who might choose to read this to our little ones? The pattern for the sweater is in the back on the book. You can knit a truly terribly horrible sweater for you favorite little boy yourself.

Lastly, thank you for the thoughts on my last post. It’s so helpful to bounce things off of all of you!

*Little Man once told me he had a substitute teacher who obviously was not a real teacher, since she could not read upside down.



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3 responses to “A book review of a different kind

  1. Kim

    I love books that have the repeated lines that help involve my son in the reading. That and knitting – perfection!

  2. Guinifer

    I did have my favorite kids books in the day….Napping House comes to mind. King Bidgood too.

  3. I’ll have to remember that book!

    Hmm. Since I can read upside down, I’m obviously in the wrong line of work.

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