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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
“What are we going to do today?: Brilliant ideas with Hoobsy and Dubsy” written by Helmut Degen and illustrated by Manuela Soriani is an adorable, interactive book to share with young children! Hoobsy and Dubsy are young groundhog brothers who are never bored because they like to try out new ideas of theirs. Each morning they get up and think of a new idea to try. The brothers make cookies, ride bike, pick out clothes to wear, garden and write a letter. Not only do they do each of these activities, but they participate in these activities fully and completely creating games while completing the activities.
Hoobsy and Dubsy are very imaginative and their imaginations will inspire the reader to attempt some of their activities as well as to try their own variations. These stories and activities are also great examples of problem-solving. For example, they must problem solve while riding the bike together. It is so often heard by children that they are bored when in actuality there are many things that could be done. This book would be great to have children go to whenever they state, “I’m bored,” as it will remind them just how much fun they can have doing “everything” activities. At the end of the book there is space for the reader to write in their own versions of the activities and to come up with their own things to do. This could be completed and then used as an idea list when someone says that he or she is bored and there is nothing to do. Adorable, vivid, and detailed illustrations go along with the story that the children will love as well!