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.
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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 completely agree. It's my mom's favorite book, but I think it's ridiculous. I also hate "Love You Forever." It's just creepy, IMHO.
Honestly, I don't like Dr. Seuss, Dick & Jane, or anything meant to be silly, easy readers for small kids. I think they're kind of a waste of time. I mean, they're good for kids just learning to read to themselves, but if I'm going to read to the kids, there are just so many wonderful, fascinating books that will delight small children AND keep a parent's interest.
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 :) )
I hate anything by Richard Scarry, and the Berenstain Bears annoy me to no end. Every Disney "book" (aka, profit/brand extender) should be burned.
I think I only love Richard Scarry because those were my favorite books growing up and I have fond memories. I admit there are some issues with them, because sometimes I'll look at one and something will make me cringe a bit. Some of the stories feel dated.
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:)
Interesting to see how other people feel about books.
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).
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I also found Love You Forever and Green Eggs and Ham and the Giving Tree to be unlivable. I think if a kid is older, they might be able to discuss the downside of the Giving Tree, but that is a bit nuanced for little ones. Anything that exhibits inappropriate treatment of others or generally being a nuisance will often just influence a child's behavior in an unpleasant way.
Lastly, we have a book that I wish would disappear called Tip Runs Away (I think). It's about a mouse named Tip who is way mean to his mom and generally has a nasty attitude. I cannot stand reading it.
I can't stand the books "On the Day You Were Born" and "The Night You Were Born." Many moms traumatized by the birth experience also hate those books. I count myself in with them but also don't like the inflated sense of self-worth that the books seem to promote. It also feels like I'm lying to my child. Not even Prince George got that welcome like the books describe. I got the difference between figurative and literal and those books are way too figurative for me...
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I used to be friends with this rough looking biker dude and I will never forget his girlfriend telling me that he stumbled across "The Giving Tree" and sat down to read it. He then broke into tears!!! I really like that book.
Oh and I hate the Llama Llama books. Pushing their mainstream agenda on my child! Once again, I'm going overboard LOL.
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Personally, the Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog books (originals) make me nuts. Never liked them, even as a kid. Berenstain Bears, and Critter books - oh-so-annoying! Seuss books are fine, but I only ever read them once a day. Disney versions of any classic fairy tales have never set foot in my house. The Magic Tree House makes me gag - I find them quite patronizing of kids.
So, to end positively, what did I enjoy sharing with my kids? K. Y. Craft's books, Sleeping Beauty by Mercer and Marianna Meyer, P. J. Lynch's books, The Full Belly Bowl by Jim Aylesworth, pretty much anything by Jan Brett, Piggie Pie, Custard the Dragon, The Root Children (almost any version), any Elsa Beskow books, Wild Child, Winter Waits, Spring's Sprung.....and so many others, I could go on-and-on for pages. So really, I don't think my children have suffered much for the books I've omitted. :D
I don't like any Seuss books. Too many made up words and nonsense. I won't let my beginner reader try to read them out loud because the words are so screwy.
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