So flippin' adorable I just can't even. The art alone would be worth buying the book for, but the writing is wonderful, too.
We get lessons on friendship:Otter, to shark: Let's go collect seashells!
Shark: Okay, but if we run into any of my friends, pretend like I was just about to eat you.
Otter: Yeah, no problem.
Glimpses of what parenthood is like:Baby dinosaur: Want me to tell you a ghost story? So, um, there's this ghost, and his name is Steve. No, wait, it's Mr. Vampire. And he was gonna go to school, but he had a tummy ache, so he went home. Then there was this other ghost, his name was Superman. No, wait, it was...
Dad dinosaur: Why don't I tell you a ghost story instead.
And a look at a busy but happy marriage:Note from anteater to anteater spouse: I'll be home late. Dinner is on the table. xo(Anteater glances over at table to see: an ant farm.)
All of the comics are cute, some are "aw"-inducingly adorable, a few are laugh-out-loud funny. I'm making a new shelf in honor of Little World
: "good gift idea." This is a book that would make pretty much anyone happy -- except maybe your great-grandmother, who might scowl at you because you gave her a book where the last cartoon shows Charlotte the spider calling Wilbur a bad word. ("When I
was a little girl, Charlotte wrote nice
things in her web, like 'Some pig'! E.B. White must be spinning in his grave!" "Sorry, Gram. Um, the rest
of the book's cute, right?" "Hmmph.")