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Summary: Dad's toenails are painted purple! Other members of the family react to dad's purple toes with feelings from surprise to embarrassment to laughter. Count dad's purple toes (through all four seasons) in this board book for young listeners.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 4
Age of Child: Read with a 13-month-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter was somewhat interested in the illustrations in the book, as she pointed to the purple toes, but did not show much interest in the book other than that. She did not sit still for me to finish the book, even though I tried several times.
Adult Reader Reaction: I did not like this book primarily because I do not believe that the theme of the book makes sense. Nothing actually happens in the book, unfortunately. The author's note explains that the idea for My Purple Toes came about when his daughter invited him to get a pedicure with her. He got his toenails painted, which his daughter found surprising and fun. The book would have been much better if the author had focused less on the purple toes themselves and more on the experience of doing something fun with one's family or of being yourself, even if you go against society's norms.
Pros: Kids like silly things that are out of the ordinary ... purple toes definitely qualify.
Cons: The theme, text, and illustrations are lacking for engaging this audience.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or skip. It did not work for our family, but other kids may find dad's purple toes funny.