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Three Cheers for Mo Willems!

My children love reading Mo Willems books. We have read three books in the Elephant and Piggie series over, and over, and over. They giggle every time we read Today I Will Fly!, We are in a Book!, and Should I Share My Ice Cream? These books are visually appealing, interactive, and hilarious. The word bubbles and expressive characters make them fun to read again and again.

Today I Will Fly!

Today I Will Fly

Piggie is on a mission to fly, but Gerald says she WILL NEVER FLY! After a few failed attempts at flying, Piggie finds a helper. In the end, Gerald declares, “Tomorrow I will fly!”

Graphics play a huge role in this book. My six-year-old son, Mason, recognizes the visual cues to read the big, bold text VERY loud for emphasis. This book has given him more confidence as a reader. He also enjoys reading it to his little sister.

Mason’s favorite part in Today I Will Fly!

“When Gerald says he will fly and Piggie says, ‘Good luck.'”


Mason’s favorite illustration spread in Today I Will Fly!


We Are in a Book!

We Are in a Book

Piggie and Gerald discover that someone is watching them. Is it a monster? No, it’s a reader! They are in a book! Piggie and Gerald have loads of fun making the reader say funny things like, “Banana.” Gerald becomes extremely upset when Piggie mentions that the book will end. “The book ends?!” Piggie and Gerald develop a great plan to ask the reader to read the book again.

Graphics add another level of fun to this book as well. An entire page is filled with, “Ha! ha! and hee! hee!” Mason makes sure he doesn’t miss a single ha! ha! or hee! hee! when he reads We Are in a Book!

Mason’s favorite part in We Are in a Book!

“When they ask if we will read them again.”


Mason’s favorite illustration spread in We Are in a Book!


Should I Share My Ice Cream?

Should I Share My Ice Cream

Gerald can’t decide if he should share his ice cream with his best friend, Piggie. He debates for too long and his cream ice melts. Luckily, Piggie shows up just time to share her ice cream with Gerald.

I am incredibly impressed with the graphics in this book as well. My favorite graphic is the word bubble in the shape of an ice cream cone. How clever!


Mason’s favorite part in Should I Share My Ice Cream?

“I think it’s funny when Gerald’s ice cream melts.”


Mason’s favorite illustration spread in Should I Share My Ice Cream?


What are your favorite Mo Willems books? 


Happy reading!

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Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

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What’s in your purse? Bandages and bananas? What’s in my purse? Bandages maybe, but even bananas would be rare for mine. Yet I find my kids going through it all the time. Your kids will have much more fun discovering what is in this Mama’s Purse! Full of fun, adventure, and rhyming words! It’s just as much fun to read as it is for them to listen and see the pictures! There are so many fun surprises you will never guess what is next!

Mama’s Purse by AJ Irving is a cute little book that takes readers on a fun adventure of discovering what is in Mama’s purse. Our kids really enjoyed the fun illustrations and the unpredictable surprises that came with each page! I love the use of rhyming in Mama’s Purse. Between the rhyming and great illustrations we really enjoy Mama’s Purse! Our kids love pointing out the different things as I read them. They think Mama’s Purse is so fun and silly! Mama’s Purse is definitely a fun, family-friendly book!

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Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

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Mama’s Purse celebrates a soaring and vivid imagination. Author A.J. Irving takes the reader on a magical ride inside of Mama’s Purse where you will find more than just breath mints, pens, tissue, and band-aids (not that those items are in MY purse! *ahem*). As you turn each page, you will discover something wilder and wackier each time. From bassoons and goons to a plane and chow mein there are plenty of opportunities for young children to expand their minds and vocabulary.

Along with the wildly creative animals, food, actions, objects, and concepts in the book come some bright, colourful, computer-generated illustrations. I think young children would really be drawn to the images and could spend considerable time perusing them.

The book features rhyming verse and for the most part, the rhyming is really good, but there are a few spots that perhaps lack some cadence. This becomes more noticeable when you try to read it out loud to children and you stumble over words trying to keep the rhythm going. Overall though, it’s very well done.

My Bottom Line: Overall, this is a creative and fun book to read to young children. It also opens up a discussion to stretch children’s imagination by asking “What would you find in YOUR Mama’s Purse?” The wackier, the better! This is a sweet little picture book that I think young children (aged 2 to 5) would enjoy reading with their parents (especially with Mama!)

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Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

Lexi_ad167 What is in a mom’s purse? I decided I ought to clean mine out today just to find out. I discovered AWANA awards, legos, earrings, dollhouse people, pieces to some paper dolls, bandaids, a picture drawn by my daughter, two blocks, one matchbox car, and several crayons. There were far more reminders of motherhood than personal items. Not that I mind….

We had the chance to review a book about all the things that might be found inside a mom’s purse in the book Mama’s Purse by AJ Irving.

This book is a rhyming, possibly exaggerated, list of all the fantastic things that might be found in your purse. You could find a raccoon, a tiny typhoon, and a family of fireflies in June. Or you might discover a hare, a purple square, and a balloon filled with hot air. You never know what you could pull from Mama’s Purse!

My kids enjoyed this book and laughed at the outrageous and silly things found in Mama’s Purse. A pianist? An ice rink? A pod of dolphins? They also enjoyed coming up with additional silly and rhyming items that they thought should be found in Mama’s Purse.

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Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

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What does it take to write a book for children that keeps them engaged? Well, bright, colorful illustrations help. Goofiness is always a plus around here. Silly rhyming words and lots of giggles. Well, Mama’s Purse has them all!

This sweet little book written by A.J. Irving and illustrated by Rick Thomson is just right for your preschoolers or early readers. It takes the reader into the Great Dark Hole of Mama’s Purse, to explore what’s in there. And you’ll be surprised by what you find– everything from the tooth fairy to curvy-wurvy, swervy, sliver stairs!

Sean’s favorite parts were the caboose made of juice and the moose drinking the caboose. Sean (6) gave Mama’s Purse a thumbs up, for sure. I don’t think it will be too long before he’s reading it himself. Or has it memorized. Either way… he likes it.

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Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

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I am super excited to share this children’s book with you. Mama’s Purse by AJ Irving is very cute, very imaginative and for the twist, has a lot of rhyming.

This story is about what is in mama’s purse. Mama’s purse has everything but the kitchen sink in it. Each page is full of silly rhyming and the illustrations match each rhyme perfectly and colorfully. We were excited to turn each page as we wanted to know what silly adventure we would see next.

Book blurb:

What’s in my mama’s purse? Much more than bandages and bananas! You won’t believe your eyes because so much fun hides in my mama’s purse. From a yellow moose and a caboose made of juice to a trout and numbers to count, Mama’s purse is full of super silly surprises. You’ll never guess what zooms out next!

About the Author:

AJ Irving is mama who has EVERYTHING in her purse, everything except the kitchen sink. (I think I can relate to this as I have just about everything in my purse as well. I call my purse the never ending black hole, as one could also lose things in my purse, such as keys.)

AJ Irving has received a B.A. in Journalism and Women’s Studies from the University of Oregon. She lives with her husband and children in Boise, Idaho.

Our Thoughts:

My daughter and I really enjoyed this book. The first thing out of my daughters mouth when we finished was can we read it again. I loved how she giggled through the book. Rick Thomson did a wonderful job illustrating the surprises found in Mama’s Purse. I loved the rhyming in the story. It’s something I can go back to and touch on after reading the story a few times. I thought the illustrations were colorful and truly fit the story.

I want to mention our favorite part of the story was seeing mama and daughter ice skate with a lip syncing mink. I think it is our favorite because that is something we have been wanting to do this past winter but didn’t. It kind felt like you were right in the scene of things in this story.

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100_4317Mama’s Purse, written by AJ Irving and illustrated by Rick Thomson is a charming little book that will be sure to delight young readers. Written in rhyme, each page reveals a silly combination of things that you can find in a mama’s purse, from a caboose made of juice to a goat with an orange goatee. So cute!

We love books at our house. For our younger kids we especially love ones that foster creativity, make us giggle and get asked to be read again and again. Mama’s Purse is such a book. My 6 year old son really liked this book and wanted to read it over and over again. With the exception of a few longer words, he was also able to read much of it alone once he had heard it a few times. Bonus! The bright, colorful and imaginative illustrations capture younger children’s interest are just plain fun to look at. I would encourage you to pick up a copy to share with the children in your life!

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The Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Kicks Off Today!

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What’s in Mama’s Purse? Mama has a very exciting purse loaded with amazing things. Things you might expect like a book, a hair brush even a band-aid. But wait what else is in Mama’s Purse? Oh my, a baboon! How about a butterfly leaving her cocoon. How did a bear get in there? Now what is that I smell? You have got to be kidding, it’s a trout in Mama’s Purse!

The author asks,”What is in your Mama’s Purse?”

This is a fun rhyming book with nonsensical items you would normally not find in a purse. It was very much a surprise to me. I have a purse full of amazing things but I don’t have a purse like this one. The author must be very aware of the fact that small children love the element of surprise and the items in this purse will definitely surprise anyone. The illustration were very colorful with bright purples, pinks and more, which also depicts the story stirring the child’s imagination with an abundance fun artwork.

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WHAT’S IN MY MAMA’S PURSE? Much more than bandages and bananas! You won’t believe your eyes because so much fun hides in my mama’s purse. From a yellow moose and a caboose made of juice to a trout and numbers to count, Mama’s purse is full of super silly surprises. You’ll never guess what zooms out next!

Using rhyming text and a great big imagination, AJ Irving shares the possibilities and mainly impossibilities of what could be in Mama’s Purse! The rhyming works well with words like goose, juice, moose and others like bassoon, goon and typhoon. The illustrator Rick Thomson did an excellent job of translating the words into pictures! The pictures definitely added greatly to the book.
The book definitely went out there in the imagination realm! There aren’t too many purses with planes and flying pigs in them.

What out of the way crazy thing can you imagine in Mama’s Purse? Leave me a comment with your answer and I will randomly choose one person to win a copy of this book!

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Posted on June 11, 2013 by Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM

Known worldwide as “The Positive MOM”, Elayna Fernandez – Bare is a bestselling author, international keynote speaker, and award-winning entrepreneurial Success Guide.

Earlier this week, my girls and I had the pleasure to read ”Mama’s Purse” by AJ Irving, a positive mom of two preschoolers in Boise, Idaho. Winner of the Honoring Excellence Mom’s Choice Awards, this unique illustrated children’s book is full of fun and surprises for young and, well not-so-young readers. Us book worms love great books!

“Mama’s Purse“ is very educational, introducing exciting new rhyming words for little ones, engaging them through a fun story, and encouraging them to exercise their imagination. I am a huge supporter of critical thinking, and I think embarking on a journey to mama’s purse is a brilliant tactic to get started…with mama’s permission, of course!

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