This week I read two books by author Stacy Bauer titled Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff and Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets. Both books are beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Sinclair. They are friendly pictures that I think children would like and relate to.
Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff is an adorable story about the importance of keeping Cami’s room tidy. Cami is not allowed to go to her cousin’s birthday party until her room is cleaned. When she goes to clean her room, she gets easily distracted. It is then that she remembers she still had her cousin’s toy she needed to find and return. While I would have liked to see Cami get her room clean without help, I understand the author pointing out how overwhelming it can be if we let our mess get out of control.
I enjoyed the story and my daughter said she can completely relate to having to clean your room before getting to do something fun!
In Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets , we see Cami who loves her sweet treats. Even though she is told not to eat so many sweets, she continues to search them out. When mom makes it harder for Cami to access the treats, Cami cleverly finds ways of getting them.
While I really enjoyed the story, I would have loved to see more natural consequences of eating too many sweets such as a tummy ache or a toothache. The story has a regular dentist appointment already set up, but maybe that could have occurred as a result of a toothache from eating too many sweets. Once again, I enjoyed the story. The characters and the illustrations were relatable.