An Affordable Treasury of Fun

critsThere’s no easier way for kids to explore new and exciting worlds than cuddling up with a favorite book.  Adventures await on each page and there’s no telling where your child’s imagination can take her once she peels back the front cover.

And that’s just with one book.  Imagine the fun kids can have when they are gifted with a treasury of stories.

If you are looking for an affordable way to keep your kids entertained this summer, consider investing in a box set of books.  My daughter adores her Little Critter Bedtime Stories set.  The colorful collection is a priceless find as it keeps her busy for hours without draining my wallet.

For less than $12 you get six, full-size Little Critter books filled with exceptionally detailed glossy drawings, plus a poster and a sheet of hilarious stickers featuring the mini monster in all his animated glory.  Do the math and you’ll see what a bargain it is:  Not only are you getting the books for less than two bucks a piece, which is far less than what you would have to shell out if you bought them individually, but also, your child scores accessories that are essentially free.  In addition, the vibrantly-illustrated books are housed in a sturdy Velcro-sealed box featuring a plastic handle.  The kid-friendly packaging makes the books highly portable, so taking them on family trips is a breeze.  My daughter pretends the box is a suitcase and happily totes her books to the park, grocery store and grandma’s house.

While the fancy box and silly stickers are welcome bonuses, the books are the main attraction.  Legendary children’s book author Mercer Mayer doesn’t disappoint with her latest Little Critter adventures.  The set includes:

The Best Teacher Ever:  It’s Teacher Appreciation Day and Little Critter wants Miss Kitty to know she is the best of the best.  After a series of mishaps, he accomplishes his goal, but not without a surprising twist.

The Best Show & Share:  Deciding what to bring to school for show and tell is a challenge for the little monster… and his mom.  See how Mrs. Critter comes to the rescue when Little Critter’s show and tell item is a no-show on the big day.

Bye-Bye, Mom and Dad:  What do you get when you pile pickles, peanut butter, potato chips, marshmallows and chocolate syrup on white bread?  An overnight visit to grandma and grandpa’s house minus mom and dad.

The Lost Dinosaur Bone:  Find out what happens when Little Critter puts his detective skills to the test on a class trip to the Museum of Natural History.

Just a Little Too Little:  Little Critter may be too young to hit the trails on an extreme camping adventure, but all is not lost when Mr. Critter finds a sweet spot in the backyard to host an outdoor adventure to remember.

Just a Little Music:  Little Critter is overjoyed after he talks his parents into letting him take drum lessons.  However, his musical endeavors hit a sour note when his sister gets fed up with Critter’s noisy practice sessions.  Young bookworms are sure to smile when they learn how the drum conundrum is resolved.

You can get a sneak peek of Little Critter Bedtime Stories by visiting HarperCollins’ website.  The delightful treasury is also available at discount stores nationwide.

 

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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