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the most overrated childrens books

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swottybetty Sat 21-Nov-09 14:01:29

two thomas tank books have somehow made their way into our house. pre-kids i really had no idea just how shite they are. even the bloody drawings are awful. why does my otherwise discerning dd love them so much?

and that feckin beatrix potter? were there no other kids books published at the time thus they achieved popularity simply by existing? seeing as there are loads and loads of kids books now, surely publishers can just write BP off as a unseemly blot on the otherwise wonderful world of childrens books

bruffin Sat 21-Nov-09 18:39:18

We all have different tastes and interests, would be a very boring world if we all liked the same thing.

itwasntme Sat 21-Nov-09 18:42:13

we're going on a bloody boring bear hunt

Miggsie Sat 21-Nov-09 18:42:16

If you pay attention you will find Beatrix Potter was a superb social observer and her drawings have been used as a guide to farm and gardening methods in that period due to their exceptional detail.

How many modern children's books have the word "goffering" in them?

PfftTheMagicDragon Sat 21-Nov-09 18:44:41

Oh we love Bear Hunt

We hate Mr Men.

lovechoc Sat 21-Nov-09 18:51:02

Mr Men books are quality! they are not only for the children but for the adults too. DS only has Mr Sneeze but we love reading it to him because we both enjoy the story as well.

I have a set of Beatrix Potter books, will wait til DS is a bit older to read them to him. They are quite long.

Each to their own, we all have different tastes.

Arsed Sat 21-Nov-09 18:54:32

Bear hunt. I do t believe in damaging books but I put bear hunt in the bin, I just couldn't bear to put myself through it again.

I regularly see on here that people don't like the Thomas books, dd loves them and so do I

love mr men too.

MrsJohnDeere Sat 21-Nov-09 19:00:05

Another vote for We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

Also Guess How Much I Love You.

I rather like the Mr Men books though.

shockers Sat 21-Nov-09 19:00:26

I loved Beatrix Potter and my DS adored them from about 4yrs old. My sister hates them ( she says the language is too old fashioned)but I read them to her girls when they're at my house and they love them too!

MrsJohnDeere Sat 21-Nov-09 19:01:26

Another vote for the Bear Hunt.

Also Guess How Much I Love You.

I rather like the Mr Men books though.

notnowbernard Sat 21-Nov-09 19:02:59

Peter Pan <yawn>

The A.A Milne Pooh Bear stories <pulls own teeth>

Nux Sat 21-Nov-09 19:06:41

Hmm, I have to say as a child I adored all the Railway stories (since co-opted as Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends) - I spent a year being Henry the Green Engine and chuffed everywhere. I have to say I have not yet tried Guess How Much I Love You, mostly because the title made me feel a little bit pukey so I have never picked it up.

trice Sat 21-Nov-09 19:07:01

guess how much I love you makes me wince.

I like BP, I get to put on my comedy cumbrian accent.

Mr men books are too long. I make up my own stories. I love the pictures though.

notnowbernard Sat 21-Nov-09 19:09:03

I love Ber Hunt

My teacher friend had a Reception class one yr and traumatised herself once by announcing to them all that they were going to read a story called 'We're Going On A Bear Cunt'

MaMight Sat 21-Nov-09 19:09:42

Beatrix Potter books are wonderful! My 3 yr old adores them and I could read them forever. Dh hates them though...

GossipMonger Sat 21-Nov-09 19:11:06

'Where the wild things are' freaks me and ds out!

I know that it is meant to be a classic though and that a film has been made of it but I doubt we will see it.

HumphreyCobbler Sat 21-Nov-09 19:15:47

Bear Hunt is great. So there.

I agree about Thomas books though, absolutely deadly.

JeremyVile Sat 21-Nov-09 19:18:03

God yes, Bear hunt - hate, hate, hate it.

MrsBadger Sat 21-Nov-09 19:20:04

DH loathes Topsy and Tim for their 'moral messages' and I have to say I can see hi spoint

loved them as a child though, and so does dd, so there must be somethign in them

choosyfloosy Sat 21-Nov-09 19:21:43

Thomas. Arse.

Bear Hunt. Torture.

The entire genre of Cute. Guess How Much I Wuv'oo. Big Hugs for Ickle Bears etc. But No Matter What is the exception (except the blurb which is hamfisted).

Winnie the Pooh. Dull and complicated - though I do think that some of the problem is that very young children are given these books because they are out of copyright and therefore extremely cheap to turn into massive merchandising ranges, when in fact they are only appropriate for older children.

But Beatrix Potter - depends on the book. The Fierce Bad Rabbit is beyond genius. Tom Kitten is a masterpiece of uneasy horror. Peter Rabbit great therapy for those finding their siblings a pain. Not really for little kids though.

badietbuddy Sat 21-Nov-09 19:23:20

Mr Men. Shite shite shite.
And, dare I say it, the Dr Seuss can get a bit tedious as well

DeadTall Sat 21-Nov-09 19:23:57

My favourite was "Whatever Next?"
DD loved The Baby Who Wouldn't Go To Bed because it makes me yawn uncontrollably every time I read it (or even think about it - I've just yawned twice!)

Bear Hunt is fab - but Guess How Much I Love You makes me want to throw up...

We read all sorts to ours when they were smaller, over & over again, and they both love reading - so it was definitely worth it. Looking back, they soon weeded out the badly written ones themselves.

PixieOnaLeaf Sat 21-Nov-09 19:29:55

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choosyfloosy Sat 21-Nov-09 19:32:22

I'm Special, I'm Me [boak].

PrincessToadstool Sat 21-Nov-09 19:33:39

Another vote for Bear Hunt - luckily DP likes it so I don't have to read it!

The Smartest Giant In Town - no ambiguity about which kind of 'smart' she means in that one, it's so stupid it actually makes me a bit angry. Nice message blah blah of course.

Mog annoys me too, well it's fine right up until the page where the burglar is having a cup of tea with everyone! But I couldn't say it's overrated as Mog is an ace cat.

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