Monday, June 12, 2006

books for the top 25

fusenumber8 has asked for contributions to a our list of the top 25 children's books of the past 25 years.

My very personal, idiosyncratic list, deliberately limited to fiction

Stonewords - Pam Conrad
The Watson's Go to Brimingham, 1963- Christopher Paul Curtis
Shadow of a Hero - Peter Dickinson
Deep Wizardry - Diane Duane
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm - Nancy Farmer
The Cuckoo's Child - Suzanne Freeman
The Tulip Touch - Anne Fine
Westminster West - Jessie Haas
Slot Machine - Chris Lynch
The Killer's Cousin - Nancy Werlin
Homecoming - Cynthia Voigt
I Hadn't Mean to Tell You This - Jacqueline Woodson

okay, the "Everyone Poops" movie is truly weird

but not without precedent!

(stolen from an online friend)

"In a world where big green rooms are cluttered with... things..."

"In a world where kittens wear mittens..."

"In a world where bowls of mush are left out in the open, despite
obvious signs of vermin..."

"One boy dares to say... Goodnight."

(Shot of Keanu Reeves, with bunny ears, carrying a ridiculously
large gun) "Goodnight, Moon!" (He fires wildly into the sky).

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac and Rosanne Barr as the
three little bears sitting on chairs...

Jackson: You
Mac: Can't
Barr: Handle

Keanu: The truth about what?

Barr: Find that
Mac: Out and
Jackson You'll know EVERYTHING

And Jennifer Anniston as Margaret Wise Brown, a beautiful young writer
with a dark and unquieting past...

Aniston: You're saying the red balloon is a bomb!
Reeves: They want the house
Aniston: But that was my crippled Great Grandmother's little toy house.
(They start running, jumping away from the explosion.

And Judi Densch as the Little Old Lady Whispering "Hush"

Densch: Hush

And a soundtrack from Phil Collins

"I looked around the green room and saw a brush/
I looked around and saw a comb and saw a bowl of mush/
But I didn't see your heart, no-o-o, no I didn't see your heart..."

"This December...

Reeves: Do you hear those noises?
Aniston: Where are they coming from?

"Get ready to say... GOODNIGHT."


this has only the remotest connection to children's books...

... because it's vaguely Dick and Jane primer-ish. But it's so damn funny I had to share.