Friday, August 12, 2011

Just a collection...

Mercer Mayer has written hundreds of books... he's a book making machine. He's been writing and illustrating since the 60's. His books make me happy. It's part childhood nostalgia, part love of the illustrations, and the stories make me laugh.

He's most famous for the Little Critter books. I was probably six or seven when I started collecting these. I loved them then and I still do. They are simple and funny. As a kid I would go to the book store with my parents and pick one out of these while they were getting their own books. I think its great for kids to get to know authors and find books that they really enjoy. I'm glad my parents helped me start collecting books back then. It's just one of the factors that has contributed to my love of books and love of reading.

There's my name... in seven year old writing. I remember loving the feeling of writing my own name in a book. My kids think it's cool that these books were ones I read when I was their age.

Mercer Mayer has written lots of other books as well. He was one of the first authors to write 'wordless' and 'one word' picture books. This book is hilarious, just yesterday my boys were cracking up while we read it together. Then when I moved on to do the dishes they read it to each other repeatedly (neither of them can actually read yet...). Wordless books can be lots of fun!

This is my all time favorite children's book. I love this book so much! I love the illustrations... I love the story... I love the characters... I love to read it aloud because all of the different charactors are so fun to give different voices to. I love this book!

I discovered this Mercer Mayer book at the bookstore when my oldest child was two. It looked like a story that he would enjoy... and it quickly became one of his favorites. It's a very outlandish monster story. The monster names are crazy: Bombanats, Trollusks. Wild-'n'Windy Typhoonigators and such. It's a another great book!

This one features a little boy who is imagining what his life would be like if he lived back in the day of knights... I love the ending of this book, it's totally unexpected. My kids have spent countless hours searching through the last few pages of this books finding little details in the illustrations.

These three books are all about conquering fears in the night. They are all wonderful! I love collecting books by this author. They are books we read all the time. He's written so many books and has been writing for so long that it's pretty easy to pick up lots of his stuff second hand. I have not read everything of his... and I'm still collecting. Just wanted to say a few things about one of my favorite authors! -robyn


  1. Oh my gosh, look at you-- you're some kind of blogging junkie! I haven't even figured out what to post next! You rock! And, so funny that "What Do you Do..." is your favorite book of all time-- I always think of you when I read that one, I think you introduced me to it back in the day.
    I too love Little Critter, and I haven't read Hiccup forever, might have to put a hold on that one at my local lib. I must confess though, I haven't seen several of these. Here's a question (Robyn or readers-- oh wait thats just Robyn and me--please discuss):
    Do you think books that discuss night issues make kids that DON'T have night issues more nervous?

  2. hmmm... you bring up an interesting question. I have never thought of that before. I don't know. I love those books and have been reading them to my kids thier entire lives and my three year old won't go to sleep without me snuggling him. There are definately multiple factors that have created that particular situation. I know as a kid I was always afraid of the monsters in my closet and under my bed... but that was because my brother used to frequently hide in those places and scare me as I was falling to sleep. I'll have to think about that one. What do you think? have you thought about this before?

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  4. I think sometimes we project emotions onto kids-- like when a baby falls and doesn't cry unless the parents make a big deal, you know? It seems like once when my oldest was little she got scared about something that she had never before worried about because of how someone else reacted to it-- it might have been Monsters Inc or something. Anyway I am (probably over-protective) pretty careful to read and watch stuff first so I can feel stuff out before I let the kids loose on it. Or, when there is stuff in books that is meant to be scary I just don't read it in a scary way-- Sheila Rae the Brave for example, that could really scare a kid I think, but I just read it sort of light and silly, or omit parts I think will scare the littler ones-- Am I some sort of cenorship freak? Thoughts please.

  5. I agree that the tone with which you read a book can truly convey strong emotions... also whether you discus the book with the children after reading it can effect their interpretation of the story and what they take away from it. Good stuff to think about.


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