I noted that Ten Tiny Toes was dedicated "to Samuel and Ethan, my twenty tiny toes." I showed a picture of what they looked like when they were little and how they've grown up.
I asked the kids to shout out the refrain of Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep whenever we came to that part. They obliged.
I said it was dedicated to "Samuel, who dreams of robots and time machines," and showed pictures of Samuel and his time machine.
I talked about Guy Parker-Rees and how his animal illustrations from previous books look like exuberant toddlers, and that's why I like him. Everyone recognized Giraffes Can't Dance!
I asked the kids to stand up and try to stretch like a Guy Parker-Rees illustration. They obliged.
This is one of the illustrations Guy has done for Three Grumpy Trucks:
(Don't tell her, but when I got back to my building two little neighbor girls were drawing with chalk on the sidewalk, so I joined them, and eventually we had five kids drawing train tracks. Shhh.)
We call this a good day.