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The artwork is wonderfully beautiful, the writing has a kind of silliness to it that I like, the premise is certainly fun. My only minor dislike of this book is the obscure references to hipster culture/musicians that at times come off more snobby, because it's done so many times throughout the book. One or two would have been fine by me, but once you start littering the book with "cool" name-drops and references, then its just showing off in that quintessential hipstery sort of way, since the particular names and stuff doesn't always add anything to the scenes in the book, especially I imagine, for kids. I liked that one other reader of this book saw those references as opportunities to start conversations with kids, get them to expand their knowledge of things beyond their age level...but, I think there are just too many references in the book for it be continuially interesting to small kids? Maybe? I can totally see a kid asking every other page "what does that mean?" Or "who is that?" And feeling a bit left out of the reading the story WITH you. It's nice to explain things and engage, but if you have to explain every other reference it's more of a lecture down to kids than it is story time, eh? I would say this is a fun picture/art story book for adults that kids can partake in, not the other way around. I still like it, but it does make me question who this is really written for. It's totally possible to write kids books that parents will want to re-read at story time that doesn't exclude children from some of the writing.
I wanted to like this book. I got it because I love Colin's music and lyrics. But after reading through the book, there are just way too many pages that my kids just wouldn't understand and a few that I don't even want to have to explain to them. There's a ghost ship outside the window, grandma is hanging out with grandpa's ghost, one of the kids is teaching "dirty words" and the cat is giving someone a "poke tattoo." I do not want to have to explain to my 4 and 6 year olds what a poke tattoo is.
I got this book for my 6 year old niece, but it was just as fun for the adults to read as well. The possibilities are endless for this crazy family as they entertain themselves throughout the sleeping hours. The art is really fun and fantastical. We loved the extra challenge of finding the hidden frog(s) on each page. Some of them were really difficult to spot! I definitely recommend this book!
This book has quickly become a favorite in this house (boys aged 3 and 5) for its absurdist humor. I suspect they get about 60% of the jokes but they like it and I like Colin so it all works out well. More of these please.