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post #41 of 169
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Originally Posted by nonnymoose
The Runaway Bunny:
"If you become the wind and blow me, I'll..."
Yeah. I skip the "blow me" part.
Haha! I hate that book. Freaking Runaway Bunny. My mother used to read it to me, and I totally read between the lines to see what a controlling freak stalker mama bunny was, even then.

I also don't like No, David, mostly because the art and words seem to resemble some childhood nightmare. It's like looking at the world through the eyes of a homicidal maniac, all jagged edges and blurriness.
post #42 of 169
Agreed with PP about I love you forever ...dude, if your mom is coming over to your house with a ladder on her car so she can crawl in your marital window and rock you to sleep...you got bigger problems than your taxes are late or the dog needs walkies. Big, big problems.
post #43 of 169
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Originally Posted by tibdoml
I'll Love You Forever - really not a book for kids! It's about getting older and dying!
My MIL sent this in a big box of books for ds. I didn't skim it before jumping right in and reading it to him, and I started bawling during the last few pages. Too much for this mama...but of course he loves it. Mostly we just read the page about the 2yo tearing up the bathroom, because that's ds!
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...dude, if your mom is coming over to your house with a ladder on her car so she can crawl in your marital window and rock you to sleep...you got bigger problems than your taxes are late or the dog needs walkies. Big, big problems.
: OMG, I had to edit so I could quote this! I totally forgot about that and you're so right. :


Okay, nobody flame me for this, because there was a thread a while back about how this was everyone's favorite book, but I hate Go, Dog, Go! It reads like a box of rocks. Clunk. Clunk. Clunk. And the text is bizarre and not at all entertaining.

And I love Goodnight Moon.
post #44 of 169
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Originally Posted by TortelliniMama
The Giving Tree -- Uh, could the boy possibly find any other way to meet his needs/wants without the tree repeatedly sacrificing herself? I was just talking about this book with someone who said that her mom always said it was a great example of how parents sacrifice for their kids. Uh, I suppose, in some cases that's true, but I don't think those are *healthy* parent-child relationships.
I really like Shel Silverstein but I refuse to own this book because I absolutely hate it!

Steph
post #45 of 169
I'll Love You Forever -
COMPLETELY freaks dh and me out. Just the thought of the mother driving across town with her ladder and sneaking into her grown son's window... Heebie-Jeebies!!!!! And we were gifted two copies of this one... somehow one is still in dd's collection and keeps re-surfacing.

I hate reading Guess How Much I Love You. I just don't like repeating Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare throughout the story. Of course, it's one of dd's faves, so it's in the bedtime story rotation.
I am also less and less fond of Dr. Seuss.
post #46 of 169
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[QUOTE=flyingspaghettimama]Haha! I hate that book. Freaking Runaway Bunny. My mother used to read it to me, and I totally read between the lines to see what a controlling freak stalker mama bunny was, even then.
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Yeah, mama, and I bought the book (online) because I'd read a great review of it in Mothering!!!!!

And ditto on the Eric Carle Rooster book, how sadly it ends. It's all the worse to read to a child in this (Czech) society which is still shaking off its hangover from Communism when everyone was encouraged to sell out their dreams for a square meal and a cozy little roost.
post #47 of 169
Spot books, blech.

Anything with less than 50 words in it. DD likes a long story (so do we)
post #48 of 169
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Originally Posted by loraxc
I don't like Chicka Chicka 123. I'm not sure I even get the story, and I find the pictures boring.
I agree.
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I get sick of all the endless "mommy" books. Where is daddy? Can he love the baby more than anythingelseinthewholewideworld once in a while?
Yep, in Guess How Much I Love You (which surprising numbers of people seem to dislike!) Though for some reason it took me a while to realize that those nutbrown hares were probably father and son. I thought they were just two guys who really liked each other.

I love Goodnight Moon, especially "Goodnight nobody."

I think Eric Carle books are boring, boring, boring. (Except for Draw Me a Star, which I actually like.) My DD doesn't seem terribly interested in them either.
post #49 of 169
The only books I can't stand are the disney ones...and its more because its choppy.

I will read anything dd wants because its about her enjoyment not if I like the book or not(unless it has something I just don't agree with). She is 19m so books like spot are good for her because its simple and not so long that we only get to page two.
post #50 of 169
That's funny about Runaway bunny. I always laugh like a hyena at the blow me part, but I do love that book.

I read Goodnight Moon and she also rhymes room with moon and baloon. That's annoying.
post #51 of 169
I loathe Curious George. There are a lot of things that make me cringe, like the jerk in the yellow hat abducting George and giving him cigars. But basically, I just find them interminable.

I also hate any books with flaps, especially after you've read them more than six thousand times.

Can't stand Eric Carle in any form, but it's not so much the books, it's the mental imagery they cause. When campaigning, GWB would read them for every single school photo op, whether he was reading to kindergarteners or PhD candidates. I guess it was one author he thought he had a decent chance of comprehending.
post #52 of 169
I think it is important to remember that children do not glean from a book what an adult would. A lot of you even said you loved such and such book as a child but found it repellent as an adult. Did you get the lesson as a child that you perceive as an adult? That said, we love The Giving Tree and Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb at our house.

I did purchase I Love You Forever way before I had kids and agree that when I read it to ds the first time I was very creeped out. It seems so disrespectful to the child, you know? But I am skeeved out by people touching people when they are asleep. I also don't like the stalker aspect of Runaway Bunny-MIL gave it to us. Really I am just tired of the played out "Your parent REALLY loves you" premise of children's books. We get it, they get it, let's read something interesting.

I bought a slew of Curious George books when pg with ds1. Man, I hate them. Plus they are ghost written, not original Curious George stories. Sometimes they are really preachy but mostly they are just long and poorly written.

I HATE Alexander and the No Good Very Bad Day. Seriously, why would I want to read a book to ds describing how to be petulant and irritable without ever turning his attitude around? I really don't like books that have yelling or bad moods in them, they tend to make me feel yucky.

I agree that the bedtime book It's Time To Sleep borders on the ridiculous with the mama fish and also some of the baby animals are called by their baby animal name (like foal) and some are called by the adult name with little or baby in front of it (little goose). THAT annoys me.

We don't have movie or TV character books and no one buys them for us so I can't attest to the poor quality.

I agree that the Eric Carle books are BORING!

And the Jamie Lee Curtis ones are TERRIBLE (plus the illustrations are ugly). We got them out of the Scholastic catalog and they suck.

There is a bedtime book that could conceivably be good (can't remember the name) but each quotation ends in said Willa or said Willoughby. So imagine a dialog like this:
""what's that?" asked Willoughby
"It's my jumper" said Willa
"What do you think it is doing?" said Willoughby
"I don't know" said Willa
"It's waiting" said Willoughby
etc. It gets very tiresome. I just take out most of them when I read it but seeing them gets on my nerves!
post #53 of 169
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Originally Posted by EFmom
Can't stand Eric Carle in any form, but it's not so much the books, it's the mental imagery they cause. When campaigning, GWB would read them for every single school photo op, whether he was reading to kindergarteners or PhD candidates. I guess it was one author he thought he had a decent chance of comprehending.
post #54 of 169
My MIL gave DD a book called A Fly Went By. She had given it along w/ One Fish Two Fish and The Cat in the Hat (DD loves both and I don't mind reading Seuss) so I thought nothing of A Fly Went By. Boy did I learn my lesson about previewing books. It starts out harmless enough with a frightened fly going by a boy. The fly is running from a frog who is running from a cat who is running from a dog, etc....then we get to a fox and the boy starts telling the fox he's going to whip the fox but the fox says he's running from a hunter who is going to KILL KILL KILL him! And yes it says that. I was mortified. I threw it in the trash because I didn't want anyone to read it!!! I mean, whipping and killing? This is a children's book?

Also, DD went through a Red Riding Hood phase - had to make her a red cape and everything. But we changed the ending. I just couldn't bring myself to read about the hunter cutting open the wolf's stomach. Plus, I'm really mad that the mother lets her daughter walk alone through the woods!! I just can't get over that. And Red and the grandmother are just so witless it annoys the heck outta me! I began to use the story as a lesson, "What could Red have done instead?" That kind of thing....
post #55 of 169
Any book tied to a TV show or movie which cuts majorly into our avaliable book choices.

I guess I'm just wierd, I LOVE I'll Love You Forever, I have the dang thing memorized.

The Winnie The Pooh short stories (not the original book, the new little books put out by Disney).

Oh, and this huge stack of books a woman at my church got me "Help Me Be Good" is the series, it's all about being good and obeying your parents. The whole thing is "People won't like you if you're bossy/whiny/angry/disobeying/etc" I have like 30 of them.
post #56 of 169
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Originally Posted by mattjule
IThere is a bedtime book that could conceivably be good (can't remember the name) but each quotation ends in said Willa or said Willoughby. So imagine a dialog like this:
""what's that?" asked Willoughby
"It's my jumper" said Willa
"What do you think it is doing?" said Willoughby
"I don't know" said Willa
"It's waiting" said Willoughby
etc. It gets very tiresome. I just take out most of them when I read it but seeing them gets on my nerves!
lol, we just got this from the library, and i had to give up that name crap after the first few pages...i just slightly changed my voice for the brother or sister. it was very nice, overall...cute and simple bed time book....by why all those names!!!!!
post #57 of 169
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Originally Posted by caloli
But he got an even bigger caning over 'Mickey in the Night Kitchen' because it showed *gasp* a naked child!

AND he's INTACT!
post #58 of 169
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Originally Posted by BennyPai

I hate reading Guess How Much I Love You. I just don't like repeating Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare throughout the story. Of course, it's one of dd's faves, so it's in the bedtime story rotation.
Dh and I love this book, but we can hardly read it. We always seem to say "Big brown nut hair and little brown nut hair" and then start cracking up when we realized what we just said.
post #59 of 169
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Originally Posted by uuelisabeth
Amen on the Carl books. My mom gave me one--I guess she thought we'd like it because we're dog people. The mother leaves the baby alone in a crib, and then she LEAVES THE HOUSE with no one else but the dog home. WTF?
I really don't get the Carl disapproval. I mean, do we really suppose that the scenario in the Carl books is meant to be real? It's a story!

In an ideal world, I would love to leave my baby in the care of a large, obviously competent, cuddly, dog babysitter while I go enjoy tea and adult conversation in the park.
post #60 of 169
Maybe I'm just weird, or my sense of humor is broken, but I really don't like Sandra Boynton. I like the Going to Bed Book okay, but I can't get into any of the others. They just don't tickle my funny bone.


And then there's this little board book that DD and DH read called Daddy Kisses. It's all about daddy animals kissing their babies-- like "Daddy deer kisses his fawn on the nose" and "Daddy cow kisses his calf on the head" etc. and I guess it's a really good daddy-bonding book, and I'm sure it's harmless for DD. But the inaccuracy of it really rubs me the wrong way, from an adult perspective. Most of those species of animals don't have fathers that are involved in their rearing, and then on the frog page it talks about "Daddy frog and his froglet." What the BLEEP is a froglet? Do they mean tadpole? Why not say so?

Anyway, it's a great book for kids, but it rides my nerves.
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