Thursday, May 30, 2013

Three Books That Scare a Toddler

One particular toddler, who has discovered fear of the unknown, unfamiliar, and bizarre.

3) The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant by Jean Brunhoff

For LB, it's not so much the celebration of colonialism that's problematic, but more the (spoiler alert!) dead elephants.  LB's review, "Elephant fall down? Elephant okay?, elephant okay?, elephant okay?..." Cue frantic scramble to distract.

2) The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

LB seems fine with the obsessiveness of mama bunny, but she cannot abide mamma bunnies that turn into topiary or sailboats.  LB's review, "mama bunny okay? mama bunny okay?"

3) Moon Bear by Brenda Guiberson

This book has very distinctive and terrifying collage illustrations, and even the non-threatening parts of the story seem kind of threatening.  LB's review, "moon bear okay? moon bear okay?  no moon bear! no moon bear!"  Note to self: hide Moon Bear!


  1. I was terrified of Babar as a kid! That stern looking dad...dead elephants..ugh!

  2. And what of the author? Who starts writing a kid's books and says," oooh I really think this needs more dead elephants"?