I love Richard Scarry books, and so do my kids. He's got a quietly quirky sense of humor that reveals itself as you go through his oeuvre. Anna & Froga, by Anouk Ricard, has the same kind of humor as Scarry, but with the volume cracked up a little more. This collection of comicbook-like stories feature Anna and her animal friends on mini-adventures that include duplicitousness, frustration, greed, fool's errands, and trickery.
In one story Froga (a frog) finds a pink gumball on the ground and gives it to Anna. She pops it into her mouth and complains that it tastes funny. Froga admits he gave her a chewed-up piece of gum. Anna is so shocked she accidentally swallows the gum. A moment later Christopher the pink worm (a dead ringer for Scarry's Lowly Worm) comes along and asked the pair if they've seen his cousin Sammy. "He looks like me only smaller. Oh, he also smells like berries and he's usually curled up in a ball napping." Whoops.
This is a delightful book that most kids will enjoy, because even though the setting is fantasy, it deals with the real kinds of emotions and situations that kids experience every day.
Anna & Froga
This chain reaction kit is on sale at Amazon for just $10 right now. It has parts and instructions to build a bunch of different Rube Goldbergian machines. Design and build 10 amazing moving machines – teach your bricks new tricks. Comes with 80 page instructions, 33 LEGO pieces, instructions for 10 modules, 6 plastic […]
I have a copy of Electronics for Kids: Play with Simple Circuits and Experiment with Electricity, by Oyvind Nydal Dahl. It’s a full-color introduction to electronics, and is useful for kids and adults who want to get started in hobbyist electronics. Right now, this 328 page book is on sale for just $11 on Amazon. […]
No Starch Press just released two nice books. Arduino Project Handbook by Mark Geddes has 25 beginner-friendly projects that use Arduino (a low cost electronic prototyping platform), including a Simon-like memory game, a weather station, and a wireless ID card entry system. Electronics for Kids, by Øyvind Nydal Dahl, starts with an easy-to-grok explanation of […]
The Avantree Powerhouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station brings high quality, high power, and still keeps your work space or home looking neat and organized. The best part about this charger is its capacity. It comes packing 4 USB charging sockets and a powerful 4.5A/22.5W output.. Its smartport technology means you don’t have to worry about frying your battery, either—it […]
With this comprehensive course in App & Game Development for iOS and Android, you’ll be able to take full advantage of this career opportunity without committing to going back to school full time. You’ll learn how to build immersive, interactive games and apps from start to finish using Python, C#, Unity, and HTML—some of the most in-demand programming […]
CloudPress is a responsive WordPress theme builder that allows you to create a whole site in less than 30 minutes. CloudPress comes with tools like pre-built headers, content blocks, and footers—all you have to do is pick what you like, and drag and drop. With your subscription, you get access to 13 professionally designed WordPress themes, over 80 […]