Friday, July 30, 2010

Authors Who Are Obviously Not Parents (Or Shouldn’t Be)

Here are a couple of picture books you don’t want your kids to read.

The first offender is I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont. All you really need to do is look at the image on the cover of the child painting on his own face to know you don’t want your little ball-of-fire to read it. This book got great reviews from respected sources, but I thought it was awful.

The second offender is Mabel O'Leary Put Peas in Her Ear-y by Mary Delaney. This little gem also received good reviews. Call me a stick-in-the-mud, but who believes that real children need any sort of encouragement to stick things in their assorted holes? Anyone? Anyone?

As a parent, it is clear to me that the folks who wrote these books either a) have no children, b) don’t understand their children c) don’t actually observe their children in action d) have children too young to read and/or e) will never allow their children to read the book they wrote.

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