Book Review: Hookitty-Tookitty-Tah

by Cate on August 16, 2013

Madeline and I are officially halfway through our goal of reading ten books this summer, and she very nicely reminded me yesterday that we need to pick up the pace. After all, there’s ten bucks from TD Bank on the table for completing our goal, and she does so love adding to her savings account.

Hookitty-Tookitty-Tah, a new book from musician and author Antonio Mugica, arrived on our doorstep recently, and it was the perfect bedtime read. You want a story that is short, but not too short, has a good storyline that gets neatly wrapped up by the end, and has colorful pictures to boot. Or maybe that’s just me? Of course, as the kids get older, the criteria changes, but right now, these requirements help me keep the “read to the kids almost every night” promise easily. {Of course, Nick is buried in chapter books or the guinness book of gross, weird things, so the criteria is different}

The Hookitty-Tookitty-Tah story is cute. In an effort to make peace with a dragon, a king decides to keep him well-fed, so that the dragon will be happy to eat sweets, instead of the townspeople. But then he eats too much, gets sick, and changes colors. The local chef wizard, Mr. Hookitty-Tookitty-Tah was called in to save the day and … spoiler alert … he does. The verse throughout the book reminded me a bit of Dr. Seuss’ way with words, but at a slightly slower pace. The colorful pictures from beginning to end were eye-catching, although slightly busy as times.

Would we recommend it? Yes. It’s a cute story, an easy read, and something slightly different in the sometimes overloaded children’s book market.

Not too late for you and your kids to participate in TD Bank’s Summer Reading Program for their own $10 prize. Details can be found right here. And if you’re not near a TD Bank location, there are a few other summer reading programs listed at the bottom of this post.


Hungry for more book reviews? Here are a few of our favorites:
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun is all about embracing the different.
If I Could Keep You Little is one of my favorites, and a wonderful reminder on how quickly this time goes.
A Bad Case of Stripes is a run, lively, colorful story that your kids will love.
Bedtime Math is an interesting and fun way to combine a bedtime story with practicing math skills.

And with that, I’m off for the weekend; have a good one!

*This was NOT sponsored in any way. Regular readers know that reading is our jam.

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