Last Christmas, Zoe received Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. A few weeks ago, she discovered Busytown Mysteries on Netflix Instant (or, as we prefer to call it, “Kitties” / “Two Kitties” / “The Mysteries”).
It is not a show that has much to recommend itself to adults, even if you loved Richard Scarry books as a child. Mike sits there complaining that the mysteries are not sufficiently mysterious; I surreptitiously read my book or cook supper.
But the big plus of this show, besides alerting Zoe to the fact that anything can be a vehicle, even fruit and vegetables, is that now Zoe is all about her big Richard Scarry book. “Read my Busytown book!” she demands once or twice a day. And, of course, we do.
And, wow. As is so often the case, the book is way better than the movie. We spend twenty to thirty minutes pouring over those pages, marveling at all the different kinds of dump trucks and searching for Goldbug on every page. Zoe is surprisingly good at finding him!
She is also really good at making that thinking face above. Fun for the whole family!