Driving home one night with some mom blogger friends, someone hatched a brilliant idea.
I'm not sure who uttered it first. It was a collaborative effort, no doubt (we are bloggers after all), but at some point, we determined that someone should really come up with a banned books list.
No, not that one. A practical one... created by parents.
For instance, earlier this week, my son selected this title from the library:
I'm unfamiliar with the Froggy series, but I recognized it from his school book fair so I didn't give it a second thought. After all, it simply looks adorable, right?
The entire book is about Froggy finding every single excuse to dodge bedtime. Froggy needs to take a bath, but not without his favorite boat which is, of course, missing...
Then, he can't find his pajamas or toothbrush. He needs his lovey... and a snack... and a drink. (which he spills everywhere)... and the light just so... and the door cracked that much....
Meanwhile, Froggy's mommy passively goes along with every demand with an "oh-kay" and "oh, that's alright."
So guess what my son did last night?
He was up every five minutes asking for a snack... and a drink... and the lights just so... and the door cracked that much... I, however, was not nearly as benevolent as Froggy's mom.
Another book on our list is Babar. I loved this book as a child, however I seemed to have blocked out the gruesome murder of his parents by poachers in the first two pages. Also, not recommended for bedtime reading, but great for prompting uncomfortable questions.
Then there's The Rabbit Who Longed For Home. Found in a discount bin of a charity shop in London, I should have realized then and there that this is a terrible book.
A scared rabbit is forced to go to daycare, but not without a slight critique of working mothers. Once the rabbit adjusts, his parents pull him out of daycare because they're having a second baby. Lessons offered: Working mom, bad. New baby, more loved and worthy of attention than you.
What would be on your banned book list?