1. Three by the Sea by Edward Marshall, pictures by James Marshall
My older bro and I LOVED this book when we were kids. Our mom took us to the library and we’d check it out pretty much every time. As adults, my bro even bought me a copy (<3 my bro). It’s snarky and clever with a great twist ending.
2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Firstly, the book is orange. Who doesn’t like an orange book? Oddly enough, I was always a bit peeved at the ending, when the grump decides to…
…like green eggs and ham. I actually enjoyed reading about someone disagreeable. My husband would say it was because I’m disagreeable. I disagree with that.
3. Hansel and Gretel by…The Grimm Brothers?
Honestly, I’m not sure which version I had when I was a kid. But I knew this story front to back, and my father was patient enough to sit through my millions of retellings. Usually I was the hero and I had to save my hapless older brother.
4. Captain Kitty by Godfrey Lynn, illustrated by Elizabeth Webbe
Just the title alone makes me go…AWWW! Same with the picture on the front cover. And pretty much every word/pic inside. This is my battered worn copy, LOOK at the price!
5. The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danzinger
This is my actual copy, note the price, I wish MG/YA still only cost $2.95. I want to say my dad bought this for me (go, dad!) as a sort of GIRL POWER thing. Maybe because I was tall in elementary school, towering over my fourth grade classmates at 5’2” and outweighing them at a whopping 100 lbs. Then a funny thing happened. I stopped growing. Yes, that’s right, I’ve been the same size since I was 10 (plus a few extra lbs adulthood added). I went from the biggest kid to the shrimp. Oh well.
Little Miss Bossy by Roger Hargreaves
When everyone in my family suggested I read this, I started to get suspicious. The ending made me mad because I enjoyed her bossiness. I didn’t want to learn a lesson, damnit! As an adult, my mom bought me another copy of this book. Guess they’re all still trying to tell me something.
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