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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Children's books can melt your brain

Note: Today's post will be a very short, pictorial rant because I'm very tired and have eaten more cookies then food.

I have a deep love and appreciation of vintage illustration. I remember the books of my childhood as riots of colors and styles, an eclectic mix of interesting and beautiful images. Then I had a child and found out children's books had become horrible.

This,
The Circus Baby
(Image from my vintage book collection in blog form - an encyclopedia of vintage illustrations.)
Has been replaced by this,
What has happened to us as a people that this is acceptable? Where is the effort? The exquisite line work? The friggin' font of gorgeousness? THE COLOR?

Though I don't generally fall into one of those "our culture is going to hell in a hand basket" people, this is a convincing argument.

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2 comments:

  1. Oh Ish. I want to know what kind of cookies possess you once a year to gobble their goodness and then lose your mind. Mr. Shannon is a LA livin' Libra who won a Caldecott. Not that I own any of his books.We do own Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and love love love it. The brain melting is coming with the "crack-uter", a place where a child plays games and then refuses to get off when you tell him and defiantly takes another puff/touches another button as you lunge to angrily snatch the pipe/turn it off. Good luck to both of us.

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    1. Classic Nestle tollhouse with 63% chocolate chips, Miss S! My yearly craving is finally slowing down, thank God.

      I know that Mr. Shannon is a super successful, but I still think that kid looks like a reanimated corpse. This book also bugs me -- it consists of nothing but the kid getting yelled at and told not to do things. I thought it was a cheeky zombie book the first time I saw the cover.

      You need to write a whole post about the crack-uter because that is hilarious! I can just see the lunge/dance away. I'm using that when Toddler Flails-a-lot gets big enough to graduate off the "ah-pad".

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