So, we read to them every night, make frequent visits to the library, and almost never say no to the books (mostly used books) they ask us to buy. Kindergarten is helping, too. The first thing Gus does when he gets to school every morning is grab his lanyard and head to the library to check out a book. It's a ritual he takes Very Seriously, but since he's still a beginning reader, he chooses books based mainly on their covers.
Sometimes he picks winners. And sometimes, well ...
I understand the need for books like this, though. I do. At one point or another most kids will experience the death of a pet, and I see how it might be comforting for them to read about how expendable animals really are. (Note that after all those years, the old dog didn't even have a name.) I just think the school librarian should keep these sorts of books in a separate section, like Grief or Self-Help or Really Crap Ass Choices for Bedtime Especially If Your Family Pet is Alive and Well.
Do you have other books you'd like to see featured on Bad Books With Blabbermouse? We want to hear from you! Please leave the title and author's name in the comments and our interns, Gus and Patrick, will review your recommendations. Also stay tuned for the next episode of Bad Books With Blabbermouse, in which we will read and discuss When Mimi Came to Live At Our House. I will try to wear makeup this time.
Hey, while I have you here, I'd love to get the titles of your favorite children's books (dear God please don't say Goodnight Moon; we have about eleven copies and I already know where the mouse is on every page. I AM VERY ADVANCED.) We recently discovered The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen (illustrations by Dan Hanna), which I picked up at Gus's school book fair (because of the cover. Like mother like son.) I'm a sucker for a strong rhyme and self-deprecating sea creatures, so the Pout-Pout delivers on multiple levels.
--End of Earnest Mommy Bloggerishness--
Let's shift gears and talk about booze.
Personally, I love it.