Joshua’s Bookshelf!: Because I Stubbed My Toe, by Shawn Byous

[This review is based on an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) digital edition published by the Capstone Young Readers imprint of Capstone Books in 2014, and provided by NetGalley.]

So what’s it about?
A boy stubs his toe; this sets off a domino effect of comically catastrophic events. It’s as simple as that!

What did we think of the book?
The illustrations in this book reminded me very much of a cartoon strip, which I loved. The story itself, while completely nonsensical, was very funny. Joshua, being only two years old, wanted to stop and point out every picture, learn the name of every object, and discuss every situation. We had to go back and reread the book, with me adding extra excitement and emphasis to the silliness of the words, for him to see the humor in it. I realize that that has nothing to do with the quality of the writing, but simply his age.

Would we add it to Joshua’s bookshelf?
The plot and language were a bit over Joshua’s head, but that doesn’t mean either of us hated the book or wouldn’t want to read it again. For that reason, I would put it on Joshua’s bookshelf — but we’d keep it on the shelf until he’s a little older and able to comprehend the humor without explanation from me.