Before I share my selections of super creepy kids books with you all, I have to tell you about this blog I found. It’s called Cake Wrecks and it is so funny that if you don’t laugh at it, then there is something plumb wrong with you. Seriously. Here’s the URL: http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com. (You will notice that I still have not figured out how to do a link within a post. I have found the link button, but I can’t figure it out.) I’ve also added it over there on the right with all the other cool blogs I like. The first time I came across Cake Wrecks I was laughing so hard that I literally had tears streaming down my face!
Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Creepy kids books! I know that I will probably lose my Jingo Mom card for not liking this book, but I have to say it. Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown unsettles me.
It’s the story of a little bunny who is saying good night to all the stuff in his room. That is normal enough. Except that he calls his mother “the old lady whispering ‘hush'” as if she were a total stranger. As if that weren’t bad enough, you are reading along and all of a sudden you come upon this page:
It’s a blank page that says, “Goodnight nobody”. How depressing is that?! And I won’t even get into the fact that good night is two words, not one.
I just don’t understand why this book has won critical acclaim. Unless it’s one of those deals like War and Peace or anything by Toni Morrison that people buy to adorn their bookshelves and profess to love just so they will look smart/hip/multi-cultural even though they have never actually opened the book. Or maybe it’s one of those super-artistic things that I just don’t get.
The other book that totally creeps me out is Today I Am An Apache by Patricia Geis. Although, even I have to admit that the pictures are pretty cool and the pop-up surprise totally lived up to my expectations.
This is a story about Sophie and what I assume hope is her stuffed pink elephant toy. I’m not sure what possessed me to buy this book except that it only cost a quarter (don’t you just love garage sales?). Anyway, Sophie goes to bed and dreams that Indians are attacking the Apache Village that is near her home. I never figured out if Sophie was an Apache or if she could just see the Apache Village from her home. She and her pink elephant apparently fight off the Apaches and save the village. It’s totally un-PC. And this is coming from me, the most un-PC person I know!
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit that, as a small child, I had a teddy bear that I named Goodnight. Mostly because I thought it was hilarious to make my dad say, “Good night, Goodnight,” every night. That’s correct. Even as a young girl, I was a nerd. In hindsight, I’m a little surprised that Goodnight didn’t have a little cape and a pocket protector.