So I've considered this post for a while now. I've hesitated, because honestly it's a little more negative/critical than I like to be. But...well...it's what's really on my heart.
So here's the deal. Elijah has a couple of books. That. I. HATE.
"Why?" you may ask, "What have they ever done to you? They're children's books. How bad can they be?"
I'm so glad you asked. I've been dying to tell you. Please forgive me for my strong opinions. I've read a LOT of children's books in my day, and I love to read. That's what qualifies me to have these opinions. :)
So there are three in particular. I think I may throw them away, actually. In order from just weird to rather terrifying to just plain WHAT IN THE WORLD:
1) My World by Margaret Wise Brown
It's just so strange. So all over the place. I understand that kids talk like that, but I'm just not sure it's really literature. This book has a rather dream-like quality to it. I am just not a fan.
2) What was I Scared of? by Dr. Seuss
For an older kid, this would probably be fine. But I'm reading it to my one year old, and I think I'm just going to pitch it. Basically the whole plot is about this little guy who keeps getting scared by a pair of disembodied pants that are following him around in the dark. CREEPY! As if kids don't have enough to be scared of?! Of course, at the end, the pants are scared of him, too, and they end up being friends and living happily ever after. But it's just an eerie book and there's no redeeming quality-I shouldn't be reading it to my toddler! Although my mother in law is very creative and once "read" it to Elijah all about the Holy Spirit being with us everywhere we go. Kudos to Sarah!! :)
3) Where's My Hug? by Amy Hest
This one has always irritated me. Not because it's a bad book, really, but because of the title. The book is about a little bear who starts coughing when his mom puts him to bed. She gives him medicine and they watch the snow outside the window until they both fall asleep. NEVER is there anything about a hug! Why would you name a book that when it has nothing to do with the story? The original title was Don't You Feel Well, Sam? At least that makes a little more sense. It's not a very interesting or cute story, anyway, but the title thing just drives me crazy!
So there's my ranting. Are there any children's books you can't stand?