Fuse #8

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Goodnight Moon Zits-Style

Aw. Cute.
Someone sent me this Zitsian reference to Margaret Wise Brown. And though Goodnight Moon is not my favorite picture book (ducks quickly to avoid flying rotten fruit) I like this version. You'll have to click on the tiny square below to see it clearly, though.

This post reminds me of something I've tossed about in my mind. What are the "classic" titles you've never much taken to? I was an adult before "Where the Wild Things Are" elicited any kind of a loving response. Were there books you knew of as a kid that just didn't do anything for you, in spite of your fellow preschool brethern's adoration?


At 7:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Little Prince. Also, the vomitrocious Giving Tree.

Don't beat me up, please.

At 9:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! I just read the strip to my ten year old son. He loved it! Much better than the original.

And, for the record, it was a step up for the art, too.


At 9:50 AM , Blogger Libby Koponen said...

Leila, I'm with you on both of those sickening books. I will never forget my youngest sister (aged about 7) reading THE GIVING TREE out loud in a n earnest imitation-NY accent, nodding her head the way some teachers do when they've said something THEY think is important and making a face as she turned each page.

Another classic I've always disliked -- despite the fact that MANY good friends absolutely adore it - is ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. There is something about that "poor little orghan girl" (as she calls herself) clasping her hands that has always made me want to gag.

Whew! It felt good to say that in public. I could go on but I've probably already alienated enough readers.

Sorry I missed you all last night and hope to attend the next session. A rumble could be fun.

At 10:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not preschool fare, but I hated Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. I didn't identify with her (allegedly universal) adolescent feelings in the least.

At 10:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of the Anne books, but I've always firmly believed that she would've been completely insufferable in real life.

At 11:36 AM , Blogger Saints and Spinners said...

It's not a classic per se, but I've always abhorred Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, and was incredulous that it was on the "100 picture books everyone should know." I'm a fan of Goodnight Moon, but I also like Boom Baby Moon ("Goodnight preschool applications").

At 12:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't like The Cat in the Hat or The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (though I'm a fan of most other Dr. Seuss).

I have that Zits cartoon on my door.

At 1:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never cared for the Hobbit (ok, that's pretty far from a picture book...). I don't remember what picture books I didn't like as a kid, because I probably just didn't read them.

At 2:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so with the person who can't stand Green Eggs and Ham. It will forever annoy me that I have the whole book memorised...simply from hering it so many times it my primer 1 (kindergarten?) classroom. Hated it then - hate it now. Ditto for The cat in the hat.

At 3:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Seuss in general. I'm lukewarm about it now, but didn't care for it at all as a kid.

At 4:28 PM , Blogger Saints and Spinners said...

I get the SHIVERS when I mention that I'm a children's librarian, and someone says, "I just love children's books. Remember Clifford? Ohhhhh, Clifford!"

At 4:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still, Dr. Seuess ought to be appreciated in historical context, as a pioneer. (Eeek, I suppose that could be said of my vote, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.)

At 5:16 PM , Blogger Elaine Magliaro said...

THE GIVING TREE! And LOVE YOU FOREVER by Robert Munsch! I think the mother and son in that book have some serious psychological issues. Enough said?

At 6:03 PM , Blogger Nancy said...

I didn't answer for picture books, but for kids' books in general. Posted on blog.

For picture books, I don't remember being a huge Seuss fan myself, though I've come to appreciate him more because he graduated from my high school (66 years before me) and "Mulbery Street" was in my home city. He's got the home team thing going, I can't help it.

Actually, the only picture book I remember at all is THERE'S A MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK and I loved it -- couldn't read it too many times -- as a kid. Ah well, my tastes were simple.

At 8:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not going to give my rant about everything I don't like about Goodnight Moon, because they'd leave off pitching the rotten fruit at you and start aiming at me!

But--have you seen Berkeley Breathed's (spelling?!) Goodnight Opus? Wonderful!

At 9:56 PM , Blogger Little Willow said...

Where the Wild Things Are
The Cat in the Hat
Love You Forever

Harold and the Purple Crayon has always bugged me because his crayon is red violet, not purple.


At 10:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The books I hated as a kid, a teacher and a mother were the big Walt Disney books I always received as gifts. They were so dragged out with too many words. When I read them out loud, I'd skip tons of pages just to see if anyone noticed.
I've always loved Disneyland, Disney Channel etc. and thought they could really jazz up their picture book list with some fun/upbeat aquisitions.

Ditto for Green Eggs and Ham.
The best Dr. Seuss book is from the manuscript his secretary dragged out of his bottom drawer after he died. [about a zany school] The book is full of T.G's handwritten notes and scribbles; a fascinating glimpse at how the creative mind works.

At 3:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Anne books now, but hated them as a kid. Most of them don't seem to be children's books at all. Anne's House of Dreams, for instance. The sad parts aside, I don't think a kid would be very interested in the stories.

Felt horribly guilty throughout my childhood for hating The Giving Tree. Hate it even more now, for making me feel guilty.

At 2:38 PM , Blogger Nancy said...

Speaking of Berkeley Breathed, one of my favorites is a Christmas book called "A Wish for Wings that Work"


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