The Revelation of Book

Some quick reflections on the world of children’s lit:

1. Dr. Seuss is longer than I remember.  This is especially true when trying to get through The Cat in the Hat and Lucie is intent on eating the pages or squirming out of our arms.  We haven’t made it through a complete book in one sitting.

2. Speaking of rhyming couplets, most children’s authors are really, really bad at the basic concept of rhythm.  I’m not asking for Spenserian stanzas here, but just a basic A-B-A-B pattern would be nice.

3. We are probably going to get a visit from the FBI soon.  Mama K really likes checking out books from the library (using Lucie’s card, of course), with hidden messages like the socialist Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type.

4. Babar is still boring.

5. Caldecott and Newberry award winners are basically timeless.  I just read Make Way for Ducklings and enjoyed that it took place in a park I just recently visited!

6. Shel Silverstein’s literature is actually pretty disturbing.  He’s also a scary looking guy.

7. Richard Scarry’s literature is not disturbing–but his name is.

8. Of course Lucie’s favorite book would be an out-of-season board book about five Halloween pumpkins rolling about town.  Because that never gets old.

9. Pat the Bunny needs to bring back the old flower smell.  Whatever they are using now just isn’t cutting it.

10. In a pinch, just grab a Bloomberg Businessweek and read animatedly about Japan’s economic outlook.  Apologies to Shinzo Abe if I make him sound like Mickey Mouse.  It’s for the kid, you see?


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