We’ve all heard about the importance of reading to our children as soon as they claw their way out of our wives’ vaginas. When you’ve got a small baby, any old video game magazine will do – babies just need to hear phonetic sounds and hopefully see a couple of colorful pictures. Later on, though, toddlers need something interesting to keep them involved. Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Red Pajama is a sing-songy rhyme about a llama with maternal separation anxiety. Your toddler will love it, and you’ll love teaching your children about mommy’s midlife crisis. You and your child will bond in fear of awakening mommy’s inner beast.
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Any dads out there ever go strolling through the toy store with the kids and COMPLETELY MISS the LEGO aisle? When I was a tyke, the LEGO aisle was the first place I wanted to visit when it came time to blow my allowance on cheap plastic garbage from China.
I recognized a few years ago that I started passing by the LEGO aisle, losing interest in the highly-detailed model sets that seemed less like LEGO and more like snap-together models of Toy Story figures. I’m not sure when LEGO began making a brand-new specialized piece for every tiny detail of the sets (instead of the old interchangeable blocks) but I’m pretty sure it coincided with the success of the LEGO video games. I guess once they showed kids that their LEGO people figures had smiling teeth instead of passive grins, and could bend their arms to crack a whip, the simple brick-and-block models had to go. Bummer.
That’s why I was so jazzed to find the fresh line of Creator model sets by LEGO. Finally, LEGO sets that look like LEGOs!