-posted by Meghan
“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” ~Dorothy Parker
I don’t like to be negative, in general. In particular, I don’t want to be negative about books, which is a form of art and entertainment and education that I cherish. But every once and a while there’s a book that just raises your hackles. Sometimes, it’s a book that gets undue worship and praise (ahem, Twilight). Sometimes it’s a book that you want to like so much, but it derails (the new Audrey Niffenegger) or never finds it’s footing (A Great and Terrible Beauty).
And sometimes it’s just a book you don’t like, and firmly believe should be thrown with great force. And that’s a difficult thing to do when it’s a book your kids love. I find that it helps me get over something if I vent, so pardon me, but I’m going to take an opportunity to tell you about a book I hate right now:
Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells. In general, I’m not a big Rosemary Wells fan. It’s one of the kids series that children truly love, and I truly don’t get (Maisy being another). But the Chocolate Chicken is an exceptionally silly book, and what makes me crazy is that my almost 3-year old twins LOVE it. I have to read that book 15 times in a row (literally- those of you with experience with three year-olds know this is NOT an exaggeration) every single day, week in and week out. I tried hiding the book and pretending I couldn’t find it, but they cried ’til I magically managed to find it. It’s one of those things you do because you love someone so desperately, you’d do anything for them. And now, having vented my spleen, I feel purged and ready to pick up that nauseating book once again, as soon as nap-time ends.
Don’t leave me feeling like a terrible Mom. Let me know that you’re there with me, and that there are books that you read aloud just to please the kids in your life…