There, I admitted it. People say it's a story of love, but it seems like some kind of dysfunctional relationship with a martyr to me. I just don't like it.
What children's books do you dislike?
I have a love-hate relationship with Green Eggs and Ham. I love the way it rolls off my tongue, but I hate the way Sam badgers the other character, has zero respect for boundaries, etc... and then at the end, the other character gives in, thereby sending Sam the message that it's acceptable to treat him that way. It strikes me as an unhealthy relationship.
I feel the exact same way about The Giving Tree. Every time I read it I think what a selfish, ungrateful, brat the person in it is.
I also dislike the Beatrix Potter books. My MIL loves them so my kids have multiple copies of most of them. But somehow those books get culled every time I purge the bookshelves.
I'm sure there's others. I know there are others.
I can't stand Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. I like the drawings but the story is basically about a selfish little boy who doesn't give a hoot about anyone else.
Oh, and just because the story has sooooo many holes...The Man in the Moon (The Guardians of Childhood) by William Joyce. Again the graphics are great but the story is lacking so much as to be highly annoying.
(But I really love the Beatrix Potter books :) )
Llama, Llama Red Pjama! Maybe I am overly sensitive about it, but I really hate that Llama is crying for his Mama in his room and made to wait...and then sort of scolded for it. My baby is only 5 months and I asked my MIL to stop reading that to him. She said the book teaches "an important lesson" that he doesn't always need his mom to soothe him. Surprised me because she is naturally pretty AP...(except for my bed sharing:)
I second the Rainbow Fish. That was was culled quickly.
Also can't stand the give a mouse a cookie/moose a muffin stories. Not sure why... maybe they're just not fun to read? So many great books out there, can't tolerate mediocre ones.
Love Beatrix Potter (but I'm a biologist so I love the predator-prey depictions, ahem).