Thursday, September 14

Children's Literature and YOU!


One of my favorite writers for children is the late James Marshall. Some of his books are out of print but the next time you are in a bookstore or library, whether you have kids or not, seek out his name and sit down and laugh. The books are hilarious, for adults as well as kids.

One we took out of the library recently is called "Speedboat." Here's a rundown.

The book is about two "pals," Jasper Raisintoast and Jack Tweedy-Jones.
Raisintoast is "full of pep" and likes to ride his speedboat.
Tweedy-Jones is "a homebody" and likes to wear his monogrammed slippers reading poetry by the fire.
Tweedy-Jones wears an apron and cooks dinner.
Raisintoast has adventures and brings home artwork from an arts and crafts exhibition for Tweedy-Jones.
One day Raisintoast comes to a bridge where there is a lady with a moustache. He is told he must kiss her to cross the bridge, so he goes away without doing either.

Are you surprised that Raisintoast and Tweedy-Jones share a house and sleep in the same bed? Neither was I.

Related memo for the divine Angelina Jolie: I'm a big supporter of the right of every consenting adult to marry whomever they like regardless. (And enjoy each other's company even in books for my kids.) And I realize as a super rich uber-celebrity your situation is unique. That said, if my boyfriend and father of my three kids tried the "we can't get married until everyone can get married" solidarity-with-the-gays mumbo jumbo, I'd kick his ass.

6 comments:

  1. I never got tired of reading the Fox books, the Stupids, the Miss Nelson books, and especially George and Martha. This was obviously a guy who knew that parents were doing the reading, and that they needed to be entertained, too.

    Great stuff.

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  2. Th'merkin Pitt is only coverin' for th'fact that th'Divine One is usin' him for a cover. She's laughin' in me cabin as we speak.

    But ye already know that, as ye be lil Shiloh's 3rd an' most attentive momma. ;)

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  3. Ah, The Stupids were hilarious back when they didn't control our government...

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  4. ..That said, if my boyfriend and father of my three kids tried the "we can't get married until everyone can get married" solidarity-with-the-gays mumbo jumbo, I'd kick his ass.

    Ah...and here I was thinking that ol' Brad was only trying to do the right thing(-:
    Hey BlueG you've changed your page since I stopped in last. I like this one and all but the other one looked so, so daring, and somewhat pouty, and, and hypnotic, like it wanted me to do naughty things and, and (sigh)... I like the new look to.

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  5. The Stupids were relatively smart.

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  6. Hahahaha! I thought the SAME thing about Brad Pitt! I love how you tell it like it is, girlfriend!

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