I love to reread books, especially when I’m sick. My favorites are like old friends, and when I read the familiar words I feel comforted and comfortable. My copies of Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Garden, and The Secret of Chimneys (Agatha Christie) all look worn out and well-loved.
One of the best things for me about becoming a parent is getting to reread my favorite children’s books again. My son has a big library since my mother and I can’t resist buying him books. My husband says that he has too many books. But I wonder if such a thing is possible. Okay, okay, our shelves are bursting, so we end up going to the library a lot when we need something new to read. But in my opinion, a house without books is a desert indeed.
Children’s book publishing is a big business these days, and some of the books are quite bizarre. There are the surreal ones written for a children’s brain and tendency to magical thinking (I would put In the Night Kitchen in this category), the lecturing ones written for adults to make them feel like they’re teaching a kid something (Potty training books and no hitting/biting books, etc.), hilarious ones that both children and adults enjoy, strange ones that have cars and trucks with faces on them, and really boring books based on TV shows.
So if you have a kid in your life (or just remember being one), I’ve created a little test for you of some of my favorite lines in kids books. See how many of them you can identify (extra points for author), and I’ll post the answers in the comment section tomorrow.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
A) “He always said that she could dig as much in a day as a hundred men could dig in a week, but he had never been quite sure that this was true.”
B) “Pup is up, Brown is down. Mr. Brown is out of Town.”
C) “Step on the gas, bunny rabbit!”
D) “Up they go to the top of the tree. Why? Will they work there? Will they play there? What is up there on top of that tree?”
E) “First she knocked the lamp down, then she felled some chairs. Then she took her brother’s kite and flew it down the stairs.”
F) “I’m in the milk and the milk’s in me, God bless the milk and God bless me.”
G) “He slid down a coal chute and got the dirtiest of all. In fact, he changed from a white dog with black spots, to a black dog with white spots.”
H) “What kind of story would you like to hear?” said Mother Bear. “Tell me about me,” said Little Bear. “Tell me about things I once did.”