January 18th, 2011

Gil Marsh cover

Monsters and kittens (and maybe a lizard and duck)


There's a special place in my heart for Little Golden Books.



Sure a whole lot of the stories are hokey. And there are far too many Disney princesses for my taste. But then you have totally surreal titles like The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen.

Unlike, sad to say, most hardcover picture books on the market, the Little Golden Books are still affordable--no small thing in tough times. And some of the stories are priceless. Check out The Monster at the End of This Book.



It's one of my favorites. It cleverly makes the reader one of the main characters of the story--engaging the child every step of the way.

Perhaps the real reason I like the book so much is that Grover is my favorite Sesame Street monster. He always tries hard, fails hilariously and spectacularly, but  perseveres. That he dreams of being Super-Grover makes him all the more endearing. And I don't know why I love his grating voice. The book captures something essential about his personality.

Not everyone appreciates the story, though. Today's Sheldon nails the problem. (As usual).