I don’t remember the first Dr. Seuss book I read but I do remember when my mom told me I was too old to read them. We were heading out to the supermarket to grab a few things, less than a 5 minute drive away. I’d received my weekly package of Dr. Seuss books and asked if I could bring them along for the ride. My mom agreed and I happily sat in the back of the car silently thumbing through the pages. As we were pulling into the parking lot I announced: ” DONE!” signifying I’d read the 3 books that had come in the mail. My mom parked, craned her neck around and surveyed me for a moment. Then she said, and I’ll never forget this, “I guess you’re too old for those books.”.
Have more untrue words ever been uttered? Being too old for Dr. Seuss is like being too old to have too much dessert or go down a slide at a playground.
My favorites were (and still are) Wacky Wednesday, I Am Not Going to Get up Today (what kid didn’t relate to that book?), and Oh, Say Can You Say (a book that can still leave my tongue in knots).
So, it may or may not be a coincidence that Julian has always been a devourer of books. At 2 months old, his crinkly book was one of his favorite activities. He’d sit on my lap for an hour just staring at the pages, crinkling them, and hearing me talk about the animals. For months we read board books religiously while I pined for the huge stack of picture books collecting dust in the book shelves. Around 11 months, Julian still didn’t have the patience to sit through a whole book. I know because every other week I tried.
That is, until we read Are You My Mother?.
He sat on the edge of my lap and went through all the emotions: he was excited when the egg cracked, laughed at each of the animal noises (and joins along), jumped at the “snort”, and smiled when the bird was reunited with his Mama.
Now he requests that I read him Dr. Seuss while he stacks blocks. I’m, of course, more than happy to oblige.
I’ve now discovered and become particularly fond of The Nose Book and The Tooth Book.
So when the What Pet Should I Get arrived in the mail he was just as excited as I was to dive right into it.
The book is of a collectible quality with pages at the back from the publisher explaining how the lost story was found, crafter into a book by the Random House team, and some words about the doctor himself. I’ve already decided we must buy another so that we can keep one in mint condition for Julian to read to his children one day.
For now, this will become a bedtime staple. I can’t wait until Julian can tell me which animal he thinks the children took home.