Isabel's drawing is spectacular! Such an expressive two-and-a-half year old! In our household -- and maybe in yours? -- no was a crucial defensive weapon for the younger child. It was Mona's first word.
No Jumping on the Bed has been a favorite -- both at home and at store -- for decades now. It's pure fun. Every now and then a customer rejects it because s/he sees it as sanctioning bad behavior, and thus deprives a child of a good exercise of imagination. It's interesting that you posted those two books written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold. They represent his Early Period of illustration -- the '80s airbrushy style of No Jumping -- and his Current Period. The Current Period brings us cute monsters with bug eyes. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of No Jumping, Arnold re-illustrated it in Current Period style:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett. (Amazing that we've been blogging for two years but have not discussed either of these wonderful books.) A grandfather tells the story of a small town called Chewandswallow where all the food falls from the sky three times a day. All is peaceful and cheerful, but then things start going wrong. First, it's the menu:
The situation progresses to bigger and bigger food falling from the sky: a tomato tornado, dangerously large bread, and a pancake that covers the entire school. Finally the villagers decide to leave town, on sailboats made of stale gigantic bread with giant cheese slice sails. The story ends as it began, back in the real world with Grandpa tucking the kids into bed.One day there was nothing but Gorgonzola cheese all day long.[picture: people with clothespins on their noses]The next day there was only broccoli, all overcooked.[picture: candlelit dinner, unhappy diners]And the next day there were brussel sprouts and peanut butter with mayonnaise.[very unhappy birthday party]
Here's a video reading of the book, done by an uncle: