Being A Dad

Have you ever wanted to see a worm driving a pencil car while wearing a jaunty European style fedora?  What about the inner workings of a firehouse populated by firefighting rabbits?  Or perhaps you'd like to see every item of a fruit stand illustrated in meticulous detail.  If so, Richard Scarry is the guy for you.  

I've been a sucker for his work since I was a wee lad - Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever! was a personal favorite. I read it until the cover came off.  As a matter of fact, I just pulled Jackson and Griffin's copy off the shelf and it too was missing its cover. That's either a sign of devotion or poor binding, not sure which. Either way, it's a great read.  

When Jackson went through his cars and trucks phase/obsession, he read through 3 copies of Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.  

Each and every page of a Scarry book is chock full of entertaining details and repeat readings usually uncover something new.  Oh, and kids will like them too.  

By the way, according to Amazon, I ordered Jackson a copy of Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever! 8 months before he was born.  Guess I was a little anxious.  


Tom Kashin
03/31/2010 20:08

I always loved how Busytown was such a dangerous place: constant accidents, fires left and right, people driving their cars off piers, a Gorilla with a kleptomania problem, I think every boat in the stories sank, etc. I used to make stuff up that was even more unbelievable than what the text actually said when I read this to my children. Do kids just get lost in the ridiculousness of the events? or do the adults? Or is it the pretentiousness titles: 'The Best [whatever] Ever'?


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