Literal Lily by Kate Hanscom is the story of a little girl who goes shopping with her mother in order to get ready for her first day of school. Lily is a playful, silly character who takes all of the cliché phrases her parents say in a literal manner beginning with “rise and shine” (she thinks her mom wants her to wear something sparkly), to “shop ’til you drop” (she falls on her face while walking in the mall), and being afraid of her mom’s friend who says, “She is so cute that I could just eat her right up!” Throughout the book, Lily keeps her parents busy having to explain what is really meant every time Lily hears a figure of speech… until the end when they explain that, “I love you from here to the moon!” is exactly what Daddy meant to say.
Overall, Literal Lily is a cute book, but not one that I would want to read and re-read with my children. It is a good introduction for children who are unfamiliar with the idea of figures of speech, but I find clichés to be annoying, especially when explained, and feel that most children can understand the meaning behind those given in Literal Lily without having to have them all explained. That said, Hanscom has still created a fun and spirited character who fits in with many of the other spirited, sparkly characters in most little girls’ books these days.
Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 6 children under 10 years old. She loves reading and collecting great books to share with others and knows that one can never have too many!
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