Tuesday, January 02, 2007

enough of the great book lists - bring on the bile!

Most of us in the kidlitosphere know each other's bete noirs of horrible children's literature by now--goodness knows, we all love to bi--gripe about them. But what about those books... those, dare I say it, quality books, that you just can't stand? This may be a question only truly relevent to those of us who are parents, since we're the ones who are forced to read those damn books over... and over... and over...

Take My Kindergarten written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells. ROSEMARY WELLS, I'm talking about. Irresistibly warm and cozy illustrations of animal-people. Incredible insight into the child mind. Just check out my blog address, and you'll know, I am someone who appreciates Rosemary Wells. But if I have to read--or listen to--My Kindergarten one more time, blood is going to start leaking out of my ears. It is SO BORING. And it GOES ON FOREVER.

Evan, mind you, thinks the book is just dandy. And as far as I can tell, my son would like to marry it. It's just me. Sad, sad me.

So what children's book out there is making your life a living hell right now?


Blogger MotherReader bligged...

As if it weren't enough that Tulane is on every freaking best book list, it ended up on my county's summer reading list too! Ugh.

I'll also confess that even though I appreciated Flotsam and do think it deserves to be named as one of the best books of the year, I'm not sure that I actually liked it and was very glad to return it to the library after reading it to my kids too many times. (Should I say looking at it with my kids, since it's a wordless picture book?)

1/03/2007 8:56 AM  
Blogger web bligged...

I don't much go for wordless books. My son loved _Museum Trip_ but it left me cold. And trying to read _Goodnight Gorilla_ gave me hives.

1/03/2007 3:45 PM  
Blogger elswhere bligged...

Oh, there are so many of these in my life, as a parent and a librarian! I'd nominate the Elsa Beskow books. They're lovely, they're wordy, my kid loves them, and they are making my life a living hell.

(First time here, btw-- not sure how I got here, but it had something to do with the Cybils...

1/05/2007 1:08 PM  

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