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JULY 2, 2010
Todd loved his parents…
But he had grown much closer to his TV.
A few weeks ago I read a *starred review* in School Library Journal on the book Todd’s TV, by James Proimos. It sounded good, so I ordered it. When my big orders of picture books arrive I usually flip through the books as I am unpacking them, just to get an idea of what they are about, and if they would make a good Story Time read. Well, as soon as I read Todd’s TV I passed it on to all my co-workers and I slapped my own star sticker on it.
In the story we meet Todd, his busy parents, and his beloved television. One day when both of Todd’s parents are busy, the TV offers to bring Todd to his parent-teacher conference, thus beginning a long a beautiful relationship between the two. The TV takes Todd out for ice cream, tucks him in at night, and even takes him on vacation. When the TV tells Todd that he is considering ‘legally adopting’ him, Todd’s parents finally intervene. If you want to know what happens next, you’ll have to read it yourself!
I LOVED this book. It’s clever and funny, and the clunky black, gray, and orange cartoon illustrations really appeal to me. Although kids will like Todd’s TV, the sarcasm is definitely directed to adults, who just may think twice about how often they plop their kids down in front of the television after reading it. Proimos’s humor reminds me of some of my all time favorite children’s authors, like Daniel Pinkwater and Jon Scieszka. We own a number of other books by James Proimos, each with his signature cartoon-ish illustrations and offbeat humor. Check ‘em out:

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