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(The Atlantic)   It's the 50th birthday of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It still sells a copy every 30 seconds somewhere in the world   (theatlantic.com) divider line
    More: Cool, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Caldecott Medal, Children's literature, The Snowy Day, Hungry Caterpillar, Michelle Martin, book's publisher, Eric Carle  
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2019-03-20 11:04:53 PM  
The VHC is my spirit animal.
 
2019-03-20 11:48:05 PM  
I like the sequel: The Hangry Caterpillar
 
2019-03-21 01:17:32 AM  
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2019-03-21 04:03:31 AM  
When the article is longer than the book...
 
2019-03-21 05:59:47 AM  
This is as good a place as any to say that Goodnight Moon is one of the worst children's books I've ever read. I have no idea why it's been so popular for so long. It's garbage.
 
2019-03-21 06:19:00 AM  

Cndn Bacon: This is as good a place as any to say that Goodnight Moon is one of the worst children's books I've ever read. I have no idea why it's been so popular for so long. It's garbage.


Wait until you find out Dr. Seuss made up words to complete rhymes.
 
2019-03-21 06:28:13 AM  

Nana's Vibrator: Cndn Bacon: This is as good a place as any to say that Goodnight Moon is one of the worst children's books I've ever read. I have no idea why it's been so popular for so long. It's garbage.

Wait until you find out Dr. Seuss made up words to complete rhymes.


I'm actually fine with that. At least Dr. Seuss books are fun to read. Goodnight Moon just sucks.
 
2019-03-21 07:42:17 AM  
I used to work at a bookstore, always read a copy when it came in.
 
2019-03-21 07:49:28 AM  

Cndn Bacon: Nana's Vibrator: Cndn Bacon: This is as good a place as any to say that Goodnight Moon is one of the worst children's books I've ever read. I have no idea why it's been so popular for so long. It's garbage.

Wait until you find out Dr. Seuss made up words to complete rhymes.

I'm actually fine with that. At least Dr. Seuss books are fun to read. Goodnight Moon just sucks.


The "old lady whispering hush" has always seemed weird and creepy to me.

I read it to my son when he was learning his first words. He used to love pointing out the items in the room. No idea why he liked it so much, but he did, so I read it a thousand times.

It's better than Richard Scarry. I can't, for the life of me, fathom why that ever became popular.
 
2019-03-21 07:54:47 AM  

holdmybones: Cndn Bacon: Nana's Vibrator: Cndn Bacon: This is as good a place as any to say that Goodnight Moon is one of the worst children's books I've ever read. I have no idea why it's been so popular for so long. It's garbage.

Wait until you find out Dr. Seuss made up words to complete rhymes.

I'm actually fine with that. At least Dr. Seuss books are fun to read. Goodnight Moon just sucks.

The "old lady whispering hush" has always seemed weird and creepy to me.

I read it to my son when he was learning his first words. He used to love pointing out the items in the room. No idea why he liked it so much, but he did, so I read it a thousand times.

It's better than Richard Scarry. I can't, for the life of me, fathom why that ever became popular.


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But seriously, I loved Richard Scarry, as did my son. There is just so much going on in the pictures- lots of little details to find. His wacky vehicles were an inspiration to my childhood drawings.
 
2019-03-21 07:58:08 AM  
Also, he advocates cannibalism
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2019-03-21 08:00:35 AM  

Colour_out_of_Space: holdmybones: Cndn Bacon: Nana's Vibrator: Cndn Bacon: This is as good a place as any to say that Goodnight Moon is one of the worst children's books I've ever read. I have no idea why it's been so popular for so long. It's garbage.

Wait until you find out Dr. Seuss made up words to complete rhymes.

I'm actually fine with that. At least Dr. Seuss books are fun to read. Goodnight Moon just sucks.

The "old lady whispering hush" has always seemed weird and creepy to me.

I read it to my son when he was learning his first words. He used to love pointing out the items in the room. No idea why he liked it so much, but he did, so I read it a thousand times.

It's better than Richard Scarry. I can't, for the life of me, fathom why that ever became popular.

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But seriously, I loved Richard Scarry, as did my son. There is just so much going on in the pictures- lots of little details to find. His wacky vehicles were an inspiration to my childhood drawings.


I do like the drawings and see the appeal there. I should have clarified that the stories and language just bore me to tears. My son wants to read his "funniest stories" every night right now, and the stories are so not funny as to almost be comical on some ironic meta level.
 
2019-03-21 08:49:35 AM  
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You should read your kids the sequel after the caterpillar grows up!
 
2019-03-21 08:56:47 AM  
George W. Bush's favorite book. Yes, I'm a ball of fun.
 
2019-03-21 09:04:31 AM  

holdmybones: Colour_out_of_Space: holdmybones: Cndn Bacon: Nana's Vibrator: Cndn Bacon: This is as good a place as any to say that Goodnight Moon is one of the worst children's books I've ever read. I have no idea why it's been so popular for so long. It's garbage.

Wait until you find out Dr. Seuss made up words to complete rhymes.

I'm actually fine with that. At least Dr. Seuss books are fun to read. Goodnight Moon just sucks.

The "old lady whispering hush" has always seemed weird and creepy to me.

I read it to my son when he was learning his first words. He used to love pointing out the items in the room. No idea why he liked it so much, but he did, so I read it a thousand times.

It's better than Richard Scarry. I can't, for the life of me, fathom why that ever became popular.

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But seriously, I loved Richard Scarry, as did my son. There is just so much going on in the pictures- lots of little details to find. His wacky vehicles were an inspiration to my childhood drawings.

I do like the drawings and see the appeal there. I should have clarified that the stories and language just bore me to tears. My son wants to read his "funniest stories" every night right now, and the stories are so not funny as to almost be comical on some ironic meta level.


Things that appeal to small children are not all that interesting to adults.  Who knew?
 
2019-03-21 09:57:54 AM  
I liked the Scarry stuff as a kid, for me it was the same appeal as the Waldo books: finding all the fun stuff in the background of the drawings. (I also like the 'what-a-mess' books about an Afghan hound who is always filthy for much the same reason, artist loved drawing all sorts of tiny weird stuff in the background)

A lot of the Scarry books aren't in print now, some of them would be considered somewhat politically incorrect.
 
2019-03-21 10:01:47 AM  

Persnickety: holdmybones: Colour_out_of_Space: But seriously, I loved Richard Scarry, as did my son. There is just so much going on in the pictures- lots of little details to find. His wacky vehicles were an inspiration to my childhood drawings.

I do like the drawings and see the appeal there. I should have clarified that the stories and language just bore me to tears. My son wants to read his "funniest stories" every night right now, and the stories are so not funny as to almost be comical on some ironic meta level.

Things that appeal to small children are not all that interesting to adults.  Who knew?


Actually, both me and my 3-year old son love reading books by Julia Donaldson. Room on the Broom is really fun to read and the illustrations are great. Two things that can't be said about a lot of other children's books (like Goodnight Moon).
 
2019-03-21 01:32:41 PM  

Cndn Bacon: This is as good a place as any to say that Goodnight Moon is one of the worst children's books I've ever read. I have no idea why it's been so popular for so long. It's garbage.


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I kinda liked this book back in the day.  I always liked how the use of gradually darker colors made the night time window get brighter and brighter near the end.

/goodnight noises everywhere
 
2019-03-21 01:47:26 PM  

Cndn Bacon: This is as good a place as any to say that Goodnight Moon is one of the worst children's books I've ever read. I have no idea why it's been so popular for so long. It's garbage.


Perfect for optometrists doing retinoscopy.
 
2019-03-21 03:32:34 PM  
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2019-03-21 03:51:10 PM  

Cndn Bacon: This is as good a place as any to say that Goodnight Moon is one of the worst children's books I've ever read. I have no idea why it's been so popular for so long. It's garbage.


I definitely get it - it's not an exciting, or interesting book.  For me and my lil guys, it's a good "last book," though, and it's all in the way we read it.  It's got a nice, easy cadence that you can gradually slow down, using your voice to affect a sense of drowsiness.  And there's not any exciting action going on that might perk them back up just before you lay them down.  It's in the rotation, but not an everyday book. (my kids are almost 2 and almost 4).

Creepy part?  Anthropomorphizing animals (it's rabbits), and there's a tiger skin rug on the floor?  WTF?!

Caterpillar, though - both kids love that one.  And we still read it on the reg.
 
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