Little Critter learns how babies can add to family happiness, and acts accordingly.
Little Critter has plans to show his baby sister all his toys and games, but she is uninterested or frightened. At his Mom's suggestion he tries basic cuddling, rocking, tickling and baby toys. His sister responds and starts to have fun. ValuedMinds suggests parents will find this book useful for showing children how to interact with a new baby and to not expect too much of them.
With school closed for a Snow Day, Little Critter plays outside until he is cold, after which Mum gives him hot chocolate by the fireplace.
Little Critter spends Snow Day catching snowflakes, making a snowman and a snow fort, and having a snowball fight with his sister. The reader is a spectator, uninvolved in the actions. Oddly, the snowball fight scene shows a snowball striking him in the eye! Perhaps that is a good talking point for parents about the hazards of snowball fights. Six pages of exercises requiring adult assistance add value to the but not the story.
Little Critter does a few things on a camping trip. Notably, L.C. stands by the fire holding a frying pan as a bear steals their fish. Lack of a theme detracts from the value of this story. What is the value for children in going camping with Dad? We never know, except that they are together.
Little Critter makes excuses for his failings, shows disrespect for himself and others and experiences no consequences.
Here, Little Critter is more illustration than character. Unable to do as well as his friend he evades, saying, "I could if I really wanted to", or "I like to let my friend win". He is unconcerned that his bike is damaged by playing daredevil, and notes his bruised friend cries more. Finally, his sister prepares to squirt him as he watches TV. The disrespect for self and others displayed in this story is left unresolved.
This is a variation of Twas the Night Before Christmas with rhyme and Little Critter drawings.
This retelling of the classic by Clement C. Moore, merely serves a variation on the standard fantasy. If you are already a fan of Lil Critter, then maybe it will appeal. (Variations could be written for Porky Pig fans too.) It has no other idea content.