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In Elmo’s Easter Parade (Naomi Kleinberg)

Not Recommended, Not Repeatable

Even relative to the Elmo universe, this is a meh story with meh-level writing. It’s wordy (for the age group), and the story is just not interesting enough to hold the reader’s attention. Your toddler might get a kick out of the fact that there’s felt-like material on several pages, but it doesn’t seem to be particularly high quality, meaning the felt comes off, and gets all over your kid… and everything else…

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Zip! Pop! Hop! and Other Fun Words to Say (Michela Muntean)

Not Recommended, Not Repeatable

To be perfectly honest, this is slightly more fun to read than your average Sesame Street offering (I think we own around 15 of this type of book now). It has a certain rhythm and toddler-age-appropriate words and pictures… but it’s not drawn to nearly the same degree as other Sesame Street books (what? they spent the whole budget on writing?). My toddler, who’s obsessed with Elmo, doesn’t seem completely convinced that this is actually a legitimate Elmo book, and since I can get better rhymes and writing (and drawing) with Seuss…

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