NAMB: Reading Hour Faceoff

26 Sep

We’ve been diligently reading to baby T since he was born (we even brought books to the hospital) but it wasn’t until about a month ago that it finally paid off–the goob will now actually sit and listen to a story. In fact, he’s kind of obsessed.

My sole parental mission is to make this child a bookworm (keeping him healthfully fed is turning out to be too lofty a goal), so I’m feeling pretty gratified. He wants to read not only at bedtime, but first thing in the morning, as soon as we walk in the door, in the middle of meals, while mommy’s trying to use the bathroom…all the time. But when I see him toddling to me holding out the same tattered book again, my pride is tempered by nostalgia for the time when he ignored us and we could read him the books that we liked.

So without further ado, the members of the Young family would like to make their opening arguments in the case of Baby v. Parents: reading time.

In the first corner, we have the T:

My very very very very very most favorite book EVER! This story has it all: trains, mud, dogs, sound effects, obstacles, a winner…and all in rhyme. The only thing I don’t understand is why this book hasn’t won a Pulitzer.

Five pages. Ten sentences. One lost shoe. The suspense kills me every time.

So here’s this frog: eating bugs, eating bugs, eating bugs, when BAM. He gets ate! By a big fish! HAHHAHA SUCKA.

Wait a minute–you have a cat? I have a cat too! You don’t clean its litter box? Neither do I!! I obviously should’ve been born in a different era. The Jurassic era.

You know what’s hilarious? My mom trying teaching me to be patient by reading this book about waiting for cookies to bake, and me flipping the page before she’s done reading it! How’s THAT for patience Ma?!

There are holes in this book! The pages are different sizes! I love it so much that I’ve been trying to make all my other books match.

And in this corner, Maw and Paw:

BimwiliThat this book is so difficult to find is one of the world’s great tragedies. My mom used to do an Oscar-worthy reading of this wacky story about a shape-shifting African zombie who imprisons a little girl inside his drum and makes her sing. Not only is this one of my favorite kids’ books, it’s one my favorite books of all time.

Mr DogToeing the line of whimsical-weird is the tale of Crispin’s Crispian, the dog who belonged to himself. The only context in which a bright green vegetable has been or ever will be appealing.

Owl and PussycatThis poem was quoted in It’s a Wonderful Life (and also in the program at our wedding), so it’s obviously awesome. The illustrations in this particular edition are mesmerizing. Also, I’d like to nominate Piggy-wig as one of the best nouns in the English language.

MiMThis haunting origin story with steampunkish illustrations reminds us that not all of childhood is saccharine sweet.

20101126-Goodnight%20Goodnight%20Construction%20SiteI always suspected cement mixers had a mind of their own.

GrowltigerThese three poems come from the T.S. Eliot collection that the Musical CATS is based upon. Sure, one day we’ll have to explain why we can’t say “Chink” anymore, but the pictures enthrall and the rhymes charm—and make some pretty advanced vocabulary digestible. This is another one that’s out of print and hard to find.

Verdict: It is the opinion of this household that you can never have too many books, and every book shall have his day. Sentence: Aw heck, just buy ’em all! If you get really tired of doing the cookie monster voice on the 12th read, you can always hide it in the laundry hamper.

P.S. Don’t hate on my mixed metaphors.


One Response to “NAMB: Reading Hour Faceoff”


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