Ever read Guess How Much I Love You?
The storyline is cute…two bunnies (daddy and baby) talking about how much they love one another. “I love you to my toes”, “I love you across the river and up the lane”, etc.
The thing is, it’s a story that relies on the one-up. The baby says something, the father says something more, or bigger: “Well, I love YOU further, longer, faster…” The baby tries to respond, the father one-ups the kid. Submit, bunny!
About the third time through this book I was compelled to throw it across the room.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is similar. All the alphabet letters are trying to beat each other up the coconut tree. And then they all fall and bust it. In true kid fashion, they get brushed off by their uppercase parents and go for it again. “Healthy” competition at its finest.
Madeline and Fancy Nancy aren’t any better. A little girl getting waited on hand and foot, misbehaving and never being disciplined, and being raised by nuns who rush to her every cry. Or one who’s thoroughly materialistic, concerned about her appearance, and uses words too big for her peers, to make them feel like she’s beyond them? “Decorating’s SO MUCH FUN”!!!
And don’t get me started on the Taggies books. No substance, hardly readable- “Puppy. Night-night puppy.” Sure, the attention span of the average 2-year-old isn’t great, but by that age St. A was loving the classic Curious George stores, which require at least some mental processing.
*Sigh*. What’s a thoughtful mom to do?