This week, I was invited to guest post on Nicole Leigh Shaw’s Ninja Mom Blog under her wildly popular “Character Assassination Carousel” section. For those not in the know, the CAC is a collection of hilarious essays by bloggers far and wide lampooning, skewering and roasting the children’s books we’ve come to hate reading night, after night, affffttteer niiiight, after night. Authors have hung Curious George out to dry, chopped The Giving Tree down to size and have asked that no more pancakes be given to mice, pigs or other vermin.
Last month, Alice At Wonderland took a swipe, no, a STAB, at Babar and, frankly, I’m with her: a book with death on page 6, people who don’t blink an eye when an elephant is walking down a Parisian street and a wedding in the last reel deserves to be put in it’s place. And, for the record: is it BA-bar or Ba-BAR?
Turns out, we parents have very specific opinions on the books we loathe.
I, of course, am no exception.
When Mrs. Shaw first approached me about this assignment (and by “approached”, I mean when I first begged her to let me get on the carousel by promising to stop stalking her so much), the list of books I wanted to skewer was long but distinguished. After perusing the Carousel list, I realized the book I loathed the most was noticeably absent: