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.
GUESS THE BOOK
- 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
- “Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly
Like a tea-tray in the sky.”
- This is what
you must never do.
Now let this be
a lesson to you.
- Then those Things ran about
With big bumps, jumps and kicks
And with hops and big thumps
And all kinds of bad tricks.
- 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.
- “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.
- 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.
- “Oh no, my dear; I’m really a very good man; but I’m a very bad Wizard, I must admit.”
- “I’ll be your best friend!
How about I give you five bucks?
What’s the big deal?
It’s just a bus!!!”
- 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.