I have had the most wonderful opportunity to write reviews for a library magazine over the past few months, and I have read some pretty amazing fiction. Just recently I was given the opportunity to review two soon to be published picture books. Now as much as I love reading YA literature and epic novels, I must say that my heart lies first and foremost with picture books. Not only are they easier to read (I can get through quite a few of them at once) but I have seen first hand how picture books have sparked the a life long love of reading. So picture books hold a very special place in my heart. Not to mention, I am working on a few of my own and hoping to have published (will keep you posted on that development).
But after reviewing the picture books I started to think about some of my favorite ones. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; The Lorax; Arthur’s Halloween; Dot (yes it’s newer but I still love it); It’s a Book; Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel; No, David!; Walter the Farting Dog (my nephew couldn’t get enough of this book); Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy, Town and many more. But there remains one that I find myself quoting on the days when everything is going wrong. When I am just snappy and snippy at everyone. When I just can’t wait to get back into bed and forget about the whole day. And if you are picture book lover you might know which book I am talking about. But just in case, here is the opening lines from my favorite book.
“I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.”
–from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
and a side note…this is going to be made into a movie starring Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner. Pretty excited about this.