Crashing and Splashing

Why don't more books have active titles?  No part of speech inspires us quite the way a well-timed verb does, in my opinion. Let's see how the rest of this book measures up.         

*Teaches kids the effect plural nouns and -ing verbs have on the present tense of "to be" (is vs. are)
*The borders are lined with tiny images relevant to the primary panel on each page
*Can never get enough reinforcement of positive everyday family interactions

*I like that the book doesn't end in typical fashion (with a bedtime scene); still the story is nothing more than a collection of things that two kids did
*Unless dad made some quick repairs after pool time was over, there appear to be some inconsistencies in the varying images of the fence
*While it's funny to see a kid eating sand (mainly because we've all been there with our little ones), I'm not sure it's a good idea to have young readers see that without an admonishment

Alison Lester appears to be an author who has her act together.  If you asked me to explain what I expect a normal children's book to be, I could very easily turn around and hand you a copy of Crashing and Splashing.  But notice the phrasing I used there..."normal children's book".  I did not make mention of it being a great one.  It does what is expected and offers a tiny bit more than other items in your collection, but in no way is it memorable.  Thus...    

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