Kevin Hawkes' The Wicked Big Toddlah Goes To New York, released on April 5, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers, tells the tale of Toddie's family vacation to the Big Apple. You wouldn't think that a kid as big as Toddie could get lost, but Toddie is about as unpredictable as New York traffic. But leave it up to Toddie to find a friend who will help him learn new things about the world and find his folks.
Although the text for The Wicked Big Toddlah Goes To New York is cute and lively, the pictures (also by Kevin Hawkes) are the best part of this children's story. The detail urges you to keep looking for new meaning within the pages. Sometimes, there is a hidden object that seems out of place (like the paper bag behind Toddie on the next to last page) until you read a bit further and discover some tidbit of humor.
The only issue with this book is that Toddie steals the Statue of Liberty. Although justice does rule over wrongdoing in the end, some parents may wish to address this.
What is your family's favorite vacation memory?