Among the many children’s books we checked out yesterday at the library for our toddler was Bud and Gabby. I was thinking, “great, two cats, nice artwork, what could go wrong? It was all downhill from there. The idea for the story was decent–the cats are friends, one gets sick and has to go to the vet. Eventually it returns and they are reunited. Almost Zen-like in simplicity.
However, the writing is awful, which is quite unfortunate because my son really likes the book. Again it seemed the author was going for simplicity, but it’s quite disjointed and almost painful to get through. I almost wanted to send a note to the illustrator that she should find a new writer, but it’s the same person… Even more inexplicable is it received some kind of “Teacher’s Pick” award. Has anyone else read this book? Perhaps we are missing something.
There are many great children’s books, however. Goodnight Moon won me over with the existential “Goodnight nobody” page. I also like Moo Baa La La La. What are some that you grew up with, or like(d) reading to your kids?