Thursday, June 11, 2009

Petty, Petty Thoughts on Cardboard Literature

Buster has been crazy for books lately, especially those with flaps and textures that he can touch. We received “My Peekaboo Fun” as a gift last year, and it’s slowly driving me mad.

It starts with a happily illustrated page with the caption, “How many toadstools are hidden behind the bush?”

Baby lifts the flap and sees a picture of a single toadstool, helpfully labeled “1 toadstool.”

So far, so good. Next up:

How many cats are inside the house? Lift flap, 2 cats.
How many flowers do you count on the bush? 3 flowers.
How many birds are flying in the air? 4 birds.

5 fish, 6 pens, 7 butterflies, 8 dog bones, 9 bees, and all the way up to:

How many shells do you find in the sand? 10 shells.

This is where it starts to go badly.

Can you count the chickens in the hen house? 1 chicken.
Actually, the answer should be yes or no.

How many squirrels are hiding in the tree trunk? 2 squirrels.
Ok, we’re back on track here.

Can you count the rabbits in the hutch? 3 rabbits

4 penguins, 5 eggs, all ok.

Count the candles on the birthday cake. 6 candles
Close enough, I’ll give ‘em that one.

7 apples, 8 lady bug dots, 9 train cars. Fine.

Then the last page:
Who likes to swim in the water?


After 19 counting questions, the non sequitur throws me a little.

I think what happened is that since the final page was on the inside back cover, there wasn’t a way to have a flap to hide counted items, so the book designers punted. They should have done a count down instead, so that the pictures went 1 – 2 – 3 to 10 and then 9 – 8 – 7 back down to 1, and it would have fit in their allotted pages.

Small irritation, I know, but when one has to read at a book a thousand times, the mind has time to wander.


Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

The mind wanders, yes it does! I really wonder how some people wind up being the ones to write and design kids' books. My son has a Santa Claus book he likes to read throughout the year, and there are some really glaring things that stick out to me, so I orally correct them when I read him the story. Now when he learns how to read, that will be a different matter!

mayberry said...

Magpie had a post on kids' book pet peeves the other day that was hilarious -- and drew comments from many many irked mothers!

Anonymous said...

Also, what's with the penguins and the igloo? Penguins live in the Antarctic, and igloos are found in the Arctic. Pull it together, "My Peekaboo Fun"! ;)

Magpie said...

LOL - that book would make me insane too, for all the same reasons.

ewe are here said...

I know it's time to buy new books when I start picking apart the ones we have, too. :-)

Asianmommy said...

Hee! I get irritated by kids' books, too--especially the ones that don't quite rhyme the way they're supposed to. :)