Books for my niece

I’m an auntie-to-be! We held my sister’s baby shower yesterday and books were quite the theme.

We’d asked guests to attach a book to the gift instead of a card, to help build the baby’s library. Some etiquette sites frown on this because it’s an extra gift and a gift grab and blah blah, but I’m all in favor of giving kids books whenever possible. Plenty of guests seemed to agree. Among the books my sister received: “Giraffes Don’t Dance,” “Dragons Love Tacos,” “Where the Wild Things Are” (all faves of mine). My contribution: “Wherever You Go,” because I think it’s lovely.

I also concocted a “Guess the Book” game for the guests, in which I read a line from a famous children’s book and they had to guess the title and/or author. I didn’t think the game was that hard; I was wrong. But I know you’ll all ace it, won’t you? (Especially because Google.) The game is below if you’re interested.

The funny thing is, I pulled the game together based almost entirely on books we have at home. I guess our home library is well stocked. Even funnier: My 5-year-old read the test over my shoulder and got most of the answers right. I told her she wasn’t allowed to play, because of the unfair advantage.


  1. And an ocean tumbled by

With a private boat for Max

And he sailed off

Through night and day

And in and out of weeks

And almost over a year

  1. “Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!

How I wonder what you’re at!

Up above the world you fly

Like a tea-tray in the sky.”

  1. This is what

you must never do.

Now let this be

a lesson to you.

  1. Then those Things ran about

With big bumps, jumps and kicks

And with hops and big thumps

And all kinds of bad tricks.

  1. The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again.

Spitballs stuck to the ceiling.

Paper planes whizzed through the air.

They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.

  1. “You won’t let me do anything

I want to do,” I said.

“I guess I’ll run away.”

That’s how mad I was.

  1. On Saturday

he ate through

one piece of

chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.

  1. “Oh no, my dear; I’m really a very good man; but I’m a very bad Wizard, I must admit.”
  1. “I’ll be your best friend!

How about I give you five bucks?

What’s the big deal?

It’s just a bus!!!”

  1. When he got to the middle of the ring he saw the flowers in all the lovely ladies’ hair and he just sat down quietly and smelled.

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