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post #81 of 126
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Originally Posted by AnyMama View Post
I don't like that 'love you forever book" it's kinda creepy that the mother crawl's into the window of her grown-up son's house and rocks him when he's asleep.
Yes! that's what immediately came to mind. I find this book stalker-ish, particularly the picture of the mom crawling across the floor, and it bothers me that their relationship doesn't seem to evolve at all. But perhaps I've put too much thought into it?
post #82 of 126
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Originally Posted by MissSJ View Post
The original Curious George! George is captured and sad, then he goes with the man with the yellow hat and smokes a pipe before bed, then he accidentally calls the fire dept so he goes to jail, last he is taken to live in the zoo (which is the original reason for his capture). ICK!
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That's the first one that came to mind. The other one I dislike is Guess How Much I Love You. Simply because I hate reading "Nutbrown Hare" over and over. It's annoying. I think I am the only one who feels that way though since ds keeps getting gifted that book by all different people.
post #83 of 126
My dh hates the rainbow fish. I know it's supposed to teach sharing etc but after reading it, I tend to agree with my dh that it seems to teach you that if you don't give things to your friends they won't like you. Maybe something gets lost in the translation because I know it's originally from switzerland ? I don't know but that's our least favorite. My ds has never seen it because we read it when he was little (it was a shower gift) and got rid of it before he saw it.

Also hate that all the board books that teach counting or colors etc all have pictures of things like suckers and ice cream and other junk food.....can't they count nutritious things???!!! : Every time ds sees them he asks for the food on there (and it's hard to find anything that doesn't always have dairy products in them - he's allergic to dairy).
post #84 of 126
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Originally Posted by arwenevenstar View Post
Oh and Max and Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuby - that is why I can't stand tv characters in books. I can avoid them on the TV as we don't watch it, but to have them thrust in my kids faces via so called "books" eugh!!!!!!!
Oh, I LOVE Max & Ruby, L.O.V.E! So much that I would & have watched it all by myself! I think they're adorable! But I love anything on Noggin!
post #85 of 126
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Originally Posted by silly_scout View Post
DH hates Goodnight Moon almost entirely because of one line: "Goodnight, Air".
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I may never be able to read that again!
I found another of our books I hate to read - The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings
http://www.amazon.com/Little-Rabbit-...2480407&sr=8-1

I looked in the reviews and one girl said she liked it as a child and now realizes how awful it is! So I am not alone!
Ours is wonderfully illustrated, not the one shown, but this precious bunny keeps wishing for things (like a tail like a squirrels, etc) so he gets a wish granted (he wishes for wings like a cardinal) but then when he goes home his mother won't let him come in, he is tragically rejected everywhere, then when he tries to fly he goes into a pricker bush, finally he wishes the wings off again and then he is permitted to go home where he "never NEVER wished to be something different from what he was."
Is it just me or is this a terrible story!?!
(It is going out in the recycles tonight!)
post #86 of 126
Here's our lineup:

My husband can't stand Goodnight Moon (so he'll be glad to know one other PP's husband hates it, too). Very often, that one's a big favourite. Goodnight Moon earned this status with my husband due to the witty "Goodnight nobody" with the blank page in the middle of the book. He speculated (tongue-in-cheek) that maybe they didn't have the right number of pages to print the signature (printing term: print many pages on one big sheet of paper, then fold and cut), so had to throw that in the middle!

My parents both hate pretty much every Robert Munsch book (but they seem to think I Love You Forever is OK). They hate the Munsch books because they think the stories celebrate and glorify misbehavior (eg. Mortimer who won't go to bed, kids playing on the roof of the building at the birthday party, etc).

I hate :Puke the 20-volume set our kids got from a semi-illiterate acquaintance who had bought them for her own child (not surprisingly, they were inherited in brand-new condition!) These books are called the Disney Storytime Treasures Library. I have no issues with classic Disney books. My thoughts on their corporation aside, I remember and love those stories from my own childhood. But these books. . . UGH! They are take-offs of the stories you know: same characters, different situations. The plots are insipid, the writing is terrible. Unfortunately, the kids love them. . . I think I've hit the wall and those books will be "rotating" off our bookshelf very soon! (And I won't be explaining the special location those ones will be rotating to )
post #87 of 126
"Good Dog, Carl" It's about a mother who leaves her toddler in the care of the family rotweiller while she go out to run errands. The dog takes him swimming in the fish tank, gives him a bath, and feeds him grapes (uncut, of course). Upon her return, she finds baby and dog happy and ready for bed. "Good dog, Carl," she says.

Enough said. I'm just waiting to read a news story of some idiot mother who is charged with negligence after reading the book and leaving her kid with the dog while she goes shopping. Way to go, author. The library refused my request to have it removed from circulation. Hey, I graduated journalism school. I'm all about free speech and against most censorship but c'mon...
post #88 of 126
"Barney's book of foods" or whatever it's called. It features dancing meatballs eating pepperoni pizza, among other things. A gift from granma thta's going straight to the local church trift shop.
post #89 of 126
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Originally Posted by Averys_mom View Post
"Good Dog, Carl" It's about a mother who leaves her toddler in the care of the family rotweiller while she go out to run errands. The dog takes him swimming in the fish tank, gives him a bath, and feeds him grapes (uncut, of course). Upon her return, she finds baby and dog happy and ready for bed. "Good dog, Carl," she says.

Enough said. I'm just waiting to read a news story of some idiot mother who is charged with negligence after reading the book and leaving her kid with the dog while she goes shopping. Way to go, author. The library refused my request to have it removed from circulation. Hey, I graduated journalism school. I'm all about free speech and against most censorship but c'mon...
But see, you're missing the point.... he cleaned up all his mess!!!!

I love the Carl books. (seriously) There are a couple more, one he goes shopping and does things in a department store that would get any other babysitter arrested.
post #90 of 126
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Originally Posted by jacks mom View Post
I had this book by a series ( I hope someone here will remember it) about Louis Pasteur, and how he developed the rabies vaccine. It's a story about a little boy who gets bitten by a horrible foaming mean looking dog, and almost dies........it is SO scary. If I remember the name, I'll post it.
Okay, I looked it up, and yes they are still selling it.....it's called "The Value of Believing in Yourself:The Louis Pasteur Story" It's a series of books called the "value" series, yuck!
I loved those books as a kid! In fact, the Pasteur one was my favorite, but I was a big older.

"Goodnight Air??" Are you kidding me? Glad I never bothered to get that book!

Does anyone know the name of this really awful book about a man with a long beard who cooked babies in a big pot and ate them? Seriously. I think it was written by the Grimm Brothers. I saw it at a used bookstore one time and was so horrified I hid the book behind a bookcase so no child would ever find it. It was AWFUL!
post #91 of 126
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Originally Posted by Andiad View Post
When I first read this to my DD. I had to keep skipping pages and changing words since I hadn't actually looked through it before I read it.
I definitely learned that I need to thumb through a book before I read it to my children. After picking up a book at my SIL's place and listening to her comments of 'what a great and hilarious book it is', I was stuck in a situation where I had to continue reading it out loud to my nephew and daughter (with SIL listening! )even though I absolutely hated it! It was called something like Alexander and his Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad day. Basically, this kid wakes up with gum in his hair and from that point on, he mopes, whines and basically complains about every little thing throughout the day. The drawings of this sullen looking kid just reinforced to me that he just needed to learn that not everything WILL go his way and that he needed to just DEAL in a positive way rather than sulk/complain. Not the kind of negative vibe I want my kid to learn. And this book doesn't even end in any 'happy' way...he just buries his head into his bed and wishes to be in Australia or something......Oooh! Like THAT will change everything...running away from YOUR problems! (sarcasm!)

I was so surprised that I had such a strong reaction to a children's book, but I definitely will preview from now on! And yes, a woman rocking her adult son sounds creepy to me, so I won't be getting that one. Thank you very much!

Another Disney series that I didn't like, but my daughter wanted so badly was the Princesses Secrets. Basically, each book had the Princess asking the reader, "Can you keep a secret?" I do not want my daughter learning to keep secrets from me and so I've had to emphasize that she isn't to 'keep secrets' just because someone told her, especially secrets from her mommy/daddy. Never a good idea.....

Val
post #92 of 126
Oh, man this is soo funny. We also just removed The Giving Tree from our home. Something just not right about allowing others to use and abuse you!!

I always have hated The Cat in the Hat! It stressed me out as a child and still today, that a motherwould leave her children unattended!!

I am hating this board book called Dog Food right now. It is pictures of food carved into dogs ie banana dogs and cauliflower dogs. It is very punny, but it is just strange! Of course the kids love it, sigh.

I love Dr. Suess's ABC book. I can still recite it! Of course non of mykids like it
post #93 of 126
I read a Richard Scary book that had a picture of an old growth tree with a little animal with a chain saw next to it. "This tree is almost a hundred years old, it is now ready to be cut down" said the caption. The page was about lumber...

DD also has a "5 little monkeys" rendition where the plastic faces pop out of the page, anyway, the number of monkeys isn't consistent at ALL, on one page there will be 8, 3 on the next, etc- and all the monkeys are supposed to bump their heads, but they are nursing elbows, knees, and chins in the pictures. Confusing anyone?
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post #94 of 126
I thought I was the only one who hated I Love You Forever! Glad to see it isn't just me!

And to the poster who mentioned the Olivia books--I think they are cute, BUT the one where the dog eats her favorite toy drives me nuts. I must be reading too much into it, but everytime I read it I find myself incredibly irritated with the whole thing because here the mom has made her a new soccer shirt, helped her look for the toy, tried to calm her down when the toy was ruined, etc, but she says she loves daddy the best because he tells her that he'll buy her a new toy. : I guess I am reading too much into it, though! LOL
post #95 of 126
While I do think that "Love You Forever" is a little creepy, I like the ending. I like that the son comes home after his mom dies and finds comfort in holding his baby girl while passing on a tradition that obviosly meant a lot to him. I also like the unconditional love that the mom shows. I just wish the author had left out the pages where he is an adult and the mom climbs into his house.

I checked under our couch (where our some of our books get "lost") and found "On the Day You Were Born" and "All That You Are". I don't exactly know why they bother me but they do. It could be the ego-centrism in the books. I don't know.
post #96 of 126
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Originally Posted by silly_scout View Post
DH hates Goodnight Moon almost entirely because of one line: "Goodnight, Air".
That's funny. I have grown to really love Goodnight Moon because I find it so poetic--and that's one of my favorite parts!
post #97 of 126
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Originally Posted by ktbug View Post
My least favorite childrens' book, sadly, is The Giving Tree. Sneaky misogyny.
Sends a message I just don't like. It took me a quarter of a century to figure that message out, but once I saw it, I got the creeps.
Yep, gotta agree w /that one. I'm pretty flexible about kids books and tend to take them literally, otherwise, though. I usually love most of the books these threads rip.

Junie B Jones bugs me, though. I still read the books but gah, she IS a brat.
post #98 of 126
One of my mom's favorites is impossible for my DH to read. I like the cadence of the poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" but even I cannot bring myself to read it as written. Just the verse "O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are, You are! What a beautiful Pussy you are!" I have to substitute the word "Kitty" instead.

Oh, and we refer to Rainbow Fish as 'The Communist Manifesto' around here. No offense to Marxist mommas intended, ITA with the PP about feeling that the message is you have to give people stuff to make friends.

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Also hate that all the board books that teach counting or colors etc all have pictures of things like suckers and ice cream and other junk food.....can't they count nutritious things???!!! Every time ds sees them he asks for the food on there (and it's hard to find anything that doesn't always have dairy products in them - he's allergic to dairy).
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post #99 of 126
DP and I cannot stand Go Dog Go There is not a single page that makes any sense whatsoever.

DD loves the danged thing. She rarely asks us for it anymore, but always grabs it to take to Grandma's house, where she'll be able to con Grandma into reading it 5 or 6 times.
post #100 of 126
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Originally Posted by emma_goldman View Post
I loved Richard Scary when I was little but now, OOOOoook! So not feminist. The female tow truck driver gets to drive a DINKY little pink truck and all the males get big ones. And lots more stuff like that. The dog is named "spot" and the wife is named "Mrs. Spot", etc.
MIL got us a Richard Scarry book when I was pregnant because dh loved them as a kit. On one page it said, "Daddy bought mommy a dress because she does such a good job taking care of the house!"

We still laugh about that one. There is also something about mommy and daddy going to the hospital to get a baby.
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