James J. Cudney over at This is My Truth Now is holding a Children’s Readathon through August. Each week we read the books that are listed and then write a review by Friday.
This week is picture books, of which we were to read “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss and “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. I am so glad I was able to participate because I felt like a kid again.
(Covers are from goodreads)
I actually had to listen to this on audiobook. When I went to the library, they gave me the wrong version. They gave me Goodnight Moon 1,2,3 the counting book and I realized it after I read it that it was wrong. (I had never read Goodnight Moon as a child, at least I don’t remember it) but I had heard about it over the years. Since I didn’t see the other version at the library, I downloaded the audiobook.
The rhyming to this book was easy to follow and the pace of the book is perfect for a bedtime story. In the beginning, the pace can be read quicker as the author introduces “the characters” but then as they begin to settle in for the night, the pace gets slower. It is a relaxing read and the rhyming is soothing.
It is a good story to teach children that all things, whether bears, or kittens or cows jumping over the moon, have to stop what they are doing at the end of the day to get some sleep. This is a book that should be read early on to create a type of routine for kids.
Since I had to listen to the audio, I didn’t get to look at the pictures but I did have the artwork in the counting book, which is done by the same illustrator. It was colorful and fun and kids can easily point out the objects and animals that are described in the book.
OK so here is a secret that not many people know. I have never read a Dr. Seuss book! (GASP!) I know, I know, what childhood did I have? I had heard about them obviously. I mean I only watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” every year. And I have heard “Green Eggs and Ham” recited countless times. But no I had never flipped through a book.
Unfortunately, I had to listen to the audiobook for this one as well since the library couldn’t seem to find their copy. I wish I could have because just the cover art looks colorful and fun. Fortunately, my audiobook was read by John Lithgow and he totally acted out the parts. It made it so much fun. Coincidentally I listened to it while I was making pancakes for dinner.
Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by how inspiring this book is. Dr. Seuss is preparing young readers for the life that is ahead of them and the places they will go and the things he will see.What was even more surprising was how Dr. Seuss doesn’t try to sugarcoat it. He tells his little readers that they are going to come across some challenges like … waiting. But he tells them that they can get past that. They don’t need to wait for anything. Dr. Seuss tells his readers that anything is possible. They can do anything they want. I seriously can’t wait to read this to my kids someday.
Honestly though, I think adults should reread this book from time to time to find their inner child and remember their enthusiasm for life. I am an adult and I feel so refreshed after reading this. I feel like I can conquer the world.
I was so glad that this was a pick for the readathon because it took me back to my childhood. I can still remember finding this book in the school library and being drawn to the cover. I knew that it was supposed to be a monster but it didn’t look so bad. As an adult, I remembered the illustrations more than I did the story, so it was good to reread it.
Basically, Max misbehaves, causing his mother to call him a “wild thing” and send him to his room without supper. There he imagines traveling across the ocean to where the wild things are and becomes king. But, he soon realizes its a lonely place and wants to be where he is loved.
I still love the illustrations in this book. It’s not your typical picture book that is simplistic but rather each page is a scene. You almost don’t need the words to follow along with what is happening. While many picture books use bold, simple color, Sendak blends color to create different tones and shadows. Sendak’s art is descriptive and full of action. Some of the pages, I could see the scenes moving like a film.
I think this book will always hold a special place in my heart and will definitely be a permanent fixture in my household.
Have you read these books as a child? Have you read them as an adult? What did you think then and now? Let’s discuss!