Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mini Myths: Make a Wish, Midas! and Brush Your Hair, Medusa! by Joan Holub- A Review.


Authors: Written by Joan Holub; Illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
Imprint: Abrams Appleseed
ISBN: 1-4197-0952-6
EAN: 9781419709524
Publishing Date: 3/24/2015
Trim Size: 7 x 7
Page Count: 24
Cover: Board Book
Illustrations: Full-color illustrations

About the book

Midas wants everything to be his favorite color—yellow! He chooses yellow clothes, eats yellow foods, and uses only the yellow paint at his easel. But when he impulsively paints his beloved green Dinoboo, Midas discovers that too much of a good thing is a big mess! Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text is brought to life by Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Midas’s Wish myth at the end.
Authors: Written by Joan Holub. Illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
Imprint: Abrams Appleseed
ISBN: 1-4197-0953-4
EAN: 9781419709531
Availability: In Stock
Publishing Date: 3/24/2015
Trim Size: 7 x 7
Page Count: 24
Cover: Board Book
Illustrations: Full-color Illustrations

About the book

Medusa refuses to care for her hair, her long locks getting knottier and dirtier with each passing page. Her hair rebellion elicits frozen expressions of shock from her family, but nothing will convince Medusa to brush. Only her hairdresser approaches Medusa with bravery and a blade, successfully solving the problem . . . with a short haircut! All are pleased with this drastic yet adorable solution. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively visual narrative to Joan Holub’s expertly focused text. Includes a summary of the original
Medusa’s Wild Hair myth at the end.


Our Review


My review of these books has been slightly delayed because Little J has taken to sleeping with these two books. It is always a sign of a good book when your child would rather sleep with two stiff board books than her soft, pink hippo. It is as though Joan Holub and Leslie Patricelli know how to best connect with a rambunctious vivacious and ornery creative child that likes to destroy design things at home. Case in point, in Mini Myth: Make a Wish, Midas!, Midas, who wants everything to be yellow, regrets painting his lovey yellow. It would take me a very long time to list all the items that were regretfully painted in moments of pure childhood bliss. Thankfully, as Joan Holub concisely and rhythmically states: Wishy Washy Wish. Yes, things can be washed. Things can be fixed. I never knew Greek Mythology could be so adorable.


In Mini Myth: Brush Your Hair, Medusa! Joan Holub tactfully describes a toddler's ability to brush all doll hair to avoid tending to their own tangled mop of curls. The look on the grandmother's face when she comes to visit Medusa makes me laugh out loud every time we read the book. What makes the Mini Myth books so irresistible is the combination of sparse, carefully chosen words with simple, brightly colored illustrations. The text and illustrations perfectly pair together, delighting even the most energetic toddler that normally will not sit still for reading time.

I simply adore these books. There are four books in the series now, and my two-year-old treasures these books. They are a perfect fit for any two or three year-old child. They would also make a great baby shower gift. If you have a child that won't sit still loves to run around, these books would be the perfect addition to your library.

For more on the books in the Mini Myth series, check out my previous review of the first two books.

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 *I received a review copies from the author free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review represent my honest opinions about the book. **This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you purchase the books through these links, I receive a small portion of the payment, which I use to support this blog. Thanks for your support!  



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