Reading at our house is something we do every night. It’s our quiet time before bed. The other night, we indulged in a new book by Adam T. Newman called, How to Catch a Cold. The kiddos were thrilled to have a new book.
So in our pajamas we read.
While the book was written for children preschool through second grade, even The Divine Miss M, my third grader, enjoyed this book. It was silly and fun.
How to Catch a Cold is the story about a school aged boy who goes to school one day to discover one of his classmates is absent. His imagination launches this book as we get a glimpse of why his friend isn’t there. When more classmates become absent through the week he asks his teacher who shares the absent children have “caught a cold”.
The poor li’l guy has no idea what a cold is, but is determined to “catch” one.
We won’t spoil the ending…
How to Catch a Cold has a nice rhyme, making it easy to read and had the children able to finish sentences as we read together.
At the conclusion of the story, we each shared what we liked and didn’t like about the book. As the mom, I’m going to go first.
What I love about this book is that it’s clever. It’s witty and takes on a topic that each of my children have asked about and are very familiar with–thanks to school! The illustrations are adorable and capture the text with precision, making it fun to not only read but to admire.
As you can see from the photo above we are now a home of three boys and one girl. This past month we have had many discussions about using inappropriate language. Not foul language, but what we call “bathroom language”…you know, words that really only belong behind closed doors, in private, with yourself.
With this being said, this book has two words that as a parent I am not crazy about: “poop” and “booger”. I know. They are words kiddos use, but at our home they are two we are trying so hard to avoid.
The Basketball Star, who is eight, shared that his favorite part was “When the bird pooped…” and his least favorite part of the story is how the character dresses. We explained the attire was a humorous exaggeration of the character gearing up to catch a cold.
Li’l Man had the same favorite part…go figure. He wasn’t sure what he didn’t like about the book because it was silly.
The Divine Miss M loved this book. She thought it was silly and liked especially how he reacted when his mom told him he had “caught a cold”. She disliked the part that was The Basketball Star’s and Li’l Man’s favorite.
The D-Man, who is the youngest, went along with the other two boys on favorites and is still thinking about his dislikes.
It’s a great book that’s a whimsical look on this seasons superstar, the cold. It’s a fun book that will entertain and bring out the giggles.
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