Thursday, January 04, 2007
William Steig's "The Amazing Bone" & "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble"
It's time for Blogadelic & ITBK to name check some of our favorite kid books. Of course we adore all of the obvious: Dr. Seuss, Madeline, Carl (the dog), The Color Kittens & all the rest but so many amazing books go out of print or just fall out of fashion. We thought it would be nice to remind some of y'all about the ones we dig and we thought we would start with some Steig. Neither of these books are for the faint of heart, they both have some pretty harsh scenes but it turns out most of the time it's the parents that freak and the kids dig it. For instance, poor Sylvester, unbeknownst to his parents, turns into a rock and his poor parents think they have lost him forever...or Pearl in "The Amazing Bone" gets held up in the woods at gunpoint by robbers in masks only to escape and get captured by a hungry fox. I know you might think "ARE THEY CRAZY!@?" Well, yes, some think we are but it's not just us that are faithful followers of Steig--"Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" won the Caldecott Medal and is one of the most loved kids books EVER. So get groovy and switch up some of that boring kids fodder for some Steig Magic.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
The Amazing Bone