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to really dislike it when picture books are just wrong?

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mousyfledermaus Tue 18-Oct-11 21:44:29

for example "a squash and a squeeze" the house from the outside does not match (windows/doors) the inside.
not to mention funny proportions.

Proudnscary Tue 18-Oct-11 21:46:17

Are you an architect or a wee bit OCD? Either way, an interesting OP

<Goes upstairs to scrutinise all picture books forthwith>

TethHearseEnd Tue 18-Oct-11 21:48:31

Have you seen In The Night Garden yet?

mousyfledermaus Tue 18-Oct-11 21:48:58

when you have to read the books everyday at least 10 times a day for a fortnight only swap for the next favourite...

MurderBloodstabsandgore Tue 18-Oct-11 21:49:11

for god's sake don't watch In The Night Garden.

BoattoBolivia Tue 18-Oct-11 21:51:15

Have you seen 'the grumpalump'? The gnu blows into a hot air balloon and then sails away in it! What has he got, flame breath!!? Yanbu.

Seabright Tue 18-Oct-11 21:53:25

I am still annoyed by "Look There's A Baby" with it's "Surprise Mirror Ending"

Nooooooooooo! Either it has a surprise ending, or a mirror ending; it can't have both.

And breathe

Proudnscary Tue 18-Oct-11 21:58:37

Actually (slightly off topic) it does annoy me now that everyone's jumped on the 'higgledy piggledy writing all around and upside down the page in a quirky modern stylee' Lauren Child wagon. I spend my life turning books upside down, squinting and reading like a 5 year old.

MurderBloodstabsandgore Tue 18-Oct-11 22:00:34

seabright what? My baby can't read the cover! For the first time at least, the mirror was a surprise. grin

mousyfledermaus Tue 18-Oct-11 22:02:06

that is just so wrong as well.
and chosing typos that are difficult to read (well the first few times) when the book is held by a bouncy toddler.

Proudnscary Tue 18-Oct-11 22:09:42

Yes really all books should have straight lines, Times Roman or Helvetica typeface which adults are used to deciphering with ease and correctly scaled pictures.

<Wonders why she has jumped aboard this OCD train>

<But kind of likes it>

EcoLady Tue 18-Oct-11 22:12:10

It winds me up that the butterfly's wings are upside down at the end of the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

AblativeAbsolute Tue 18-Oct-11 22:13:11

God, YAsoNBU. Hate hate hate typos or other mistakes in books. So many kids' books are unbelievably badly written (though I have to admit I would forgive Julia Donaldson almost anything - I've never noticed the architectural problems with A Squash and a Squeeze before, but I will now, curse you OP!). My current irritation is The Very Busy Spider with its 'pesty' fly - pesky, surely??!! It's DS2's favourite book at the moment, so I have to look at it about ten times a day.

mumofthreekids Tue 18-Oct-11 22:14:04

Have you read Meg's Veg, anyone? Huge gaping hole in the plot!

Proudnscary Tue 18-Oct-11 22:14:24

<faints at 'pesty'>

aldiwhore Tue 18-Oct-11 22:15:56

I'd have once said you're a bit obsessive and pedantic, but when you've read the same book over and over and over again you see the flaws.

In StickMan, towards the last page where Santa comes down the chimney, his GREEN glove is in a scary claw shape.. it really annoys me, the picture is scary and it sullys santa!! Outrageous!!! grin

We have to skip that page. Grrr. Annoys me every single bloody time.

BertieBotts Tue 18-Oct-11 22:16:31

The surprise mirror ending is a surprise, though. The "mirror" is wonky and makes you look all blobulous.

BertieBotts Tue 18-Oct-11 22:17:22

I've never read Meg's Veg but did do a double take as I thought you had typed "Meg's Vag" shock

Panzee Tue 18-Oct-11 22:18:18

As a teacher, I like picture books with fonts that are easy to read upside down. smile

onefatcat Tue 18-Oct-11 22:18:46

...and the butterfly must actually be moth because butterfly caterpillars make a chrysalis not a coccoon.

mumofthreekids Tue 18-Oct-11 22:19:14

Bertie grin

Proudnscary Tue 18-Oct-11 22:19:23

Ooh not noticed that re StickMan. Will have a look.

Love all the Alex Thingy, Julia Whatsername books

bringmemoonshine2011 Tue 18-Oct-11 22:19:43

DS1 has a picture book that spell 'through' 'thru' aggrrah.

CrystalQueen Tue 18-Oct-11 22:22:29

Another vote against the upside down butterfly wings. Aaargh. Currently resisting the temptation to sneak into DD's room to check out scary claw Santa in Stick Man.

grumpypants Tue 18-Oct-11 22:22:50

Yes, santa in stick man is terrifying.

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