Last week... wait, was it last week? No, two weeks ago... ish. Whatever. Some not to distant time ago, Julia from Our Simple Life sent me a copy of her new children's book, Bingo's Big Adventure.
I'd like to say that I gathered the kids up in a comfy armchair and read it as soon as the postman delivered it, but that wouldn't be true. For one thing, our armchair is too small for all of us to sit in anymore and even if we did the boys would just end up fighting. That and I don't have a postman, I have a postwoman. What did happen was I unwrapped it, flipped through the pretty pictures and put it down on the counter because the baby was crying or the boys were trying to push each other down the stairs or it was lunch or time for tae kwon do, yadda yadda yadda.
I'd like to say I read it the next day, but that wouldn't be true either. Not so much because things got in the way (which they would have) or I forgot about it (which I probably did), but because I couldn't get them out of the books they were reading then. I don't know about your kids, but my rabid baboons have a tendency to latch onto one book and demand to read it every night. Every. Single. Night. Sigh.
Anyway, to make a long book review that I haven't even started yet short, I finally managed to remember to grab the book at story time and refused to let them bring anything else into bed. It worked. Bingo's Big Adventure is a cute story about a real kitten Julia adopted and brought home to her farm. The book is filled with beautiful real life photos that follow Bingo for a day and the story is written through his eyes. The boys loved these since kids books tend to be filled with artwork instead of photography so it was a little different for them. They got some big laughs out of Bingo climbing a tree and trying to sneak up on a rooster. My ability to mimic a rooster at high volume made the story a total hit with the kids. My rooster noises that got the kids all wound up before bedtime was not a hit with my wife.
So two thumbs up from the boys. Ok, not literally, but when Connor went to bed that night he told us that he was going to dream about being Bingo, so that must be good. Also, whenever they watch Milo and Otis now they feel a need to bring Bingo with them. That's got to mean something, right?
If you're interested in seeing a little more of it, you can check out the book's website, Bingo's Big Adventure.