Previously in this Blog That Never Gets Updated In Anyway That Makes Any Sense Whatsoever, I went on a bit of a tyrade that Elisabeth suggested may have scared some people off. Originally, this was going to be a semblance of an apologia but, since those people are now aparantly scared off, I shall continue my rant:
Eric Carle is inexorably tied to Ms. Boynton in my mind, not just because their books are so often mass gifted but because he's the anti-Boynton. Were I to ever complete my opus on Beatrix Potter, I would say that, in the world of Ms. Potter, he is the pictures, she is the words.
As I cannot remember all my points against Sandra Boynton and am too lazy to revisit them, I am going to use Eric Carle as a point-by-point refutation of Boynton in three acts, using only my dodgy memory and those books I've read as proof.
Act 1: The Very's:
My God, It's full of stars."
What I am poorly articulating is that in these three books, there is a story, art and a moral (Eat right; work hard; don't worry you'll fit in) that is good for kids, re-readable (Hundreds of times) for adults and, above all, interesting. The story never gets in the way of the art and there is a parental freedom to interpret how you will.
Act 2: The What Do you Sees?
(Of course she would then have to do things like draw in detail, make things bold & appealing to children, not the weird adultopods she imagines that the all are, but I digress...)
Act 3: The My Very Firsts:
The first is that they're split down the middle which mean that if you're a baby like Henry, there's double the pages to turn! Carle's bold colours and artwork continue to draw his attention offer him something to do with the book as well as some enjoyment.
The second is that the bold colours and artwork continue to draw his attention offer him something to do with the book as well as some enjoyment. Crap. That's the first one. I'll come up with points two and maybe even a third once Henry's at the stage where he is able to figure out that a doggie live in a doghouse (The animal homes book is hard. I've not been able to figure them all out)
The point is that Eric Carle, as opposed to other writers, seems to 'get' kids. And parents. When I finish reading Henry one of his books I don't feel like I've made him a target for bullying.