Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
Three Books Which Raise a Brow
There seem to be children’s books for every situation. Here is a look at three.
Where Did Daddy’s Hair Go? by Joe O’Connor.
Daddy has lost his hair, and young Jeremiah is going to find it! You know, there are plenty of "special circumstance" books that help kids cope with such things as disease, disability or an untimely death. I’m so glad we can add male pattern baldness to the list. Hey, why not title the book Why Daddy Wears a Hat?
Goodbye to Kitty by Cheeseburger Brown / Matthew Frederick Davis Hemming. [The book is online, and also in print.]
I don’t know how "coping with the death of a pet" books normally go, but this one is sobering. The cover features the upturned legs of a dead cat. The story follows Clem, the family cat, who is loved, but dies and is then buried. We are then told that bugs eat Clem and birds eat the bugs, and Clem flies into the sky in the birds’ bellies. But if that’s too science-based, try the Christian-themed Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates by Gary Kurz.
This is a no-holds-barred explanation of how babies are made. In the story, the parents make up silly storkish explanations for human reproduction. So their kids decide to draw a truthful explanation using crayons. An arrow goes from dad’s willy to mom’s opening with the label "this fits here." Mom and dad engage in intercourse on a skateboard, hanging from balloons, bouncing on a yellow ball, and so forth. Some of these scenes can be made out in the online version of the author/illustrator’s new How to Make Babies poster.
If this approach interests you, look into Cole’s numerous other works, such as…
- Hair in Funny Places â€“ a sex education book.
- Princess Smartypants â€“ a fairy tale about a young woman who doesn’t want to marry. When a suitor accomplishes challenges to win her hand, he instead turns into a toad, and she lives happily ever after alone with her cats.
- Dr. Dog â€“ "Never scratch your bum and suck your thumb!" The family pet explains that Baby Gumboyle caught worms by not washing his hands after using the toilet.