This is a great story to be paired with Amelia Bedelia because it has a lot of wordplay and the character does everything literally just like Amelia Bedelia. This is a really cute story for teaching young children the difference between literal and figurative language.
I completely adore this book, as do my children. Every year in their schools, there is a 'Read Across America' day. All day, volunteers and invited guests come in to read to the children from their own favorite books in honor of Dr. Seuss. This is one book I take every time. I tried to avoid reading it to my daughter's third grade class after having read it to them the previous year, and they DEMANDED it (I had it with me to read to a different class next, who hadn't heard it yet).
You truly must read it with a heavy Southern accent (regardless of where you are from!), and the children think it's delightful. They are riveted and laugh uproariously at his goofyness.
I personally love this book, and if you end up thinking it's funny too, you need to also buy, 'The Tiny, Tiny Boy and the Big Big Cow', by Nancy Van Laan Knopf . Hilarious, and so much fun to read!
Funny, funny story in the vein of the "Amelia Bedelia" books about a little possum (in diapers) who tries to transfer instructions from his mother on how to carry a gift from his aunty home to the next thing she sends. His first mishap is squeezing a piece of cake so tightly that he gets home with a handful of crumbs. So his mother tells him that next time he should put the cake on his head and cover it with his hat. But the next thing Aunty sends is a pound of butter -- which melts under the hat and is dripping down Epossumondas' face when he gets home. And so it goes throughout the book. My 6-year-old grandson loves the book and predicts each mishap before it happens, giggling all the way through. It doesn't seem to bother him a bit that the aunty and mother of this baby possum are human beings, so I guess that doesn't matter! This is what is called a "pattern book," with the phrase "Epossumondas, you don't have the sense you were born with!" repeated throughout.