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As an Hispanic woman, Skippy Jon Jones didn't ruffle me. I didn't find the books racist. But, they're poorly written garbage. As a read-aloud, it's just awful garbled stumbling bumbling claptrap with no flow or rhythm, muddled plots and storylines that are difficult to follow what with adding -ito to the ends of words.
Example from the blog post Sars linked:
“Fossilitos, schmossilitos,” declared Poquito Tito, the smallest of the small ones. “We want to see los dinosaurios with our own ojos,” he said, pointing to his eyes. “¿Por qué? asked Skippito.
“Because, Bobocito,” said Don Diego, the biggest of the small ones, “We hear they are reelly, reelly beeg, dude!”
See what I mean? Now read 37 pages of that out loud and see if you tongue doesn't call its union rep and institute a work stoppage. By the end of the book I wanted to stab myself in the eye with a butter knife.
"When politics becomes a religion, then simple disagreements become apostasies, heresies. And you know what we do with heretics." -- Peggy Noonan
Amen.See what I mean? Now read 37 pages of that out loud and see if you tongue doesn't call its union rep and institute a work stoppage. By the end of the book I wanted to stab myself in the eye with a butter knife.]
I used to cringe when a kid would bring me one to read. Extremely hard to read aloud. About the only thing worse was Sheep on a Ship. I kept being worried I was going to slip up a word, lol.
I have a rather funny children's book story.
I was babysitting my grandsons Harrison & Cohen. (2&7) When it was time for bed, I asked Harrison to pick a story. He went to the bookshelf and came back with one called "Go The F**K To Sleep" by Adam Mansbach. If you look at the cover of the book, the UC are covered by the moon, so I didn't immediately clue in.
Well we snuggle up in bed and I start reading...
The cats nestle close to their kittens,
The lambs have laid down with the sheep.
You are cozy and warm in your bed, my dear.
Please go the fuck to sleep.
The windows are dark in the town, child.
The whales huddle down in the deep.
I'll read you one very last book if you swear
You'll go the fuck to sleep.
and so on.... I changed the words as I got to them, but later I told DS & his wife what happened. He says "Mom! That's not a children's book!" No kidding Son!
I can't think of anything witty to say for my signature line.
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The family all time favorites are The Grover monster book, and any of the Pigeon books, SO much fun to read aloud!
My kids loved I Love You Stinky Face. It's a fun book to read out loud.
There's a boy here in town says he'll love me forever
Who would have thought forever could be severed by
The sharp knife of a short life
~The Band Perry