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The story of Lyle the crocodile who is discovered in the bathtub when Joshua and his family move into their new home. My mother first read this book to me when I was four years old. I am now 35! It is a truly wonderful childrens book. One of those that lingers in your memory as a world you inhabited as a child. Myself and my sisters adored the Lyle books and we are now buying them for our families. Endearing, amusing, full of the joys and sadnesses of life. Lyle is a childs world through a crocodiles eyes. Try them all. You and your children (of all ages) will love them!.
When I got pregnant with my son, my mother sent a box of old books she had saved from my childhood. The House in East 88th Street and Lyle and the Birthday Party were in the box. These two books have become favorites of my son as well as my husband and I. I'm glad to see that they are still in print, as I plan to purchase a few more from the series.
I bought this as a trip down memory lane, enjoying my own recollections of Lyle's escapades. My daughter, however, loves it more than I did -- asking me to dwell on all of the pages where Lyle appears. A great book for kids that makes adults smile, too.
My six year old grandson, Reed loves this book. Suddenly he knows how to read and he goes through this book several times when I’m visiting. It’s a delightful story, mind you, I’m not complaining, but there’s a limit that even doting Grandmas reach. And I reached it weeks ago. In Grandma fueled competition, some of my friends and I recite our grandkids favorites to each other. I have heard The House on 88th Street so many times that I believe it’s indelibly imprinted in my old and failing (joke) memory. I’m looking forward to finding another book that Reed will love equally. With two fully memorized books, I’ll be a sure winner at the Grandmas Memorized Book Olympics!
I’m giving this book as a gift to a dear family friend’s first grandchild. I read this book to both my children and grandchildren when they were small and as a reader in grade school for their classes. Upon receiving, I opened the book and started reading it aloud. Before long, my grandson was Swish, awash, swooshing me! Sweet!