Parents' Guide to

Little Boy

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

A sweet book to celebrate a new son and his dad.

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Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

great book

my son loves this book and loves pointing to the pictures and identifying what the little boy is playing with. It's a sweet book and I love reading it with him
age 3+

Perfect for the boys exploring their world.

My 3 year old son LOVES this book! All of the Little Boy's adventures parallel my son's---so he relates. He likes me to read it at least twice each night.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Author Alison McGhee joyfully celebrates a little boy and his dad in this gentle, graceful story. In a format similar to her last book, the best-seller, Someday, she follows the child through his day as he runs exuberantly through life in his shorts and striped T-shirt, sometimes donning a red Superman cap, at other times a space helmet made of an upside-down bowl. A yellow cup and a big cardboard box keep resurfacing as the games change in this world that is full of imagination and simple things.

The father also resurfaces now and then in Little Boy, smiling as he measures the boy or pulls the cookies out of the oven that he and his son have baked. The message is subtle, but heartwarming and solid, and it's repeated in a line that threads throughout the book. So much in life depends on the everyday moments, on the things that seem small and quiet and playful. Kids need time to become themselves, and parents need time to enjoy it all. And everyone could use a big cardboard box!

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