cloth,  p., $15.95
Like most grandparents, I've read my share of books to the grandkids. But I defer to my 5-year-old grandson, Patrick, and his mother, Mary, a grade school teacher, as to what makes a good read for a preschooler. Patrick immediately pulled How Are You Peeling from a pile of books. He loved the bright colors and the funny pictures. His mother concurred with his choice: "Lots of color, imaginative visuals, a nice rhyme scheme and a simple, easy-to-read text. Best of all, it's fun to read!" The fun begins with the punny title, using the cleverly carved faces of fruits and vegetables to tell a story meaningful to children, helping them better understand their emotions. The book, aimed at readers ages 4 to 8, comes with top credentials, recognized by the New York Times as the best illustrated children's book of the year.
— Jim Kemper