It's time to go to Grandma's house. Despite being dressed as a dragon, Arthur wasn't feeling very ferocious. He doesn't want to be away from his mom. But at Grandma's house, he can play with Huffity, her dragon toy! But then what? Grandma makes some suggestions, and as Arthur starts to get into his activity, the doorbell rings. Is it Mom? No. And so it goes throughout the day. Then, one last time, the doorbell rings. Who could it be?
I would give this book to every parent and grandparent of toddlers, and some preschoolers. I was a little worried when I saw the cover. because I thought Arthur was a bit too sad, but the story is excellent. The story is well paced with just the right number of interruptions that kids can feel the ups and downs of Arthur's feelings. I especially liked the realism at the end of the story. Arthur had fun and expressed his happiness, but he wasn't so over-the-top that you felt like he'd be ready to do it again tomorrow.
Kids will see themselves in Arthur - his fears, his joys, and his love for his mom.
None. The cover has a very sad Arthur which, initially, could be disconcerting for some kids.
The heart of this picture book is helping kids through feelings of being separated from a parent.
This is a book to share with a child in anticipation of a change in their routine. Arthur is expressive in his emotions (fear, happy) in both words and visually through illustrations. Together, those things not only invite conversation but can also give comfort, too.
7 and Up
1 to 4
Buy. This is a comforting read to have at home or Grandma's house.