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When David takes his toy shark into the bath, the spillage is worthy of Niagara Falls. In the final pages, there is a plot turn. David, after playing baseball in the house and shattering a vase, is made to sit in the corner. A single tear appears.
I love you! A Caldecott Honor winner, it has spawned five sequels. Yet David is the kiddie version of the protagonist in a Showtime series: his flaws are the source of his allure. And a budding Constance could winkle some tactical advice from the book. Crying, it seems, is a fantastic way to get out of trouble. Without reading a word, we know who wields the domestic power.
On one spread, a Nothosaurus hurls his pasta into the air, turning it into confetti; the parents gaze across the table with Hopperesque blankness. To be fair, the dad manages a raised eyebrow. You made such a mess! The answer was YES! Many recent picture books offer inventive variations on the theme of parental subjection. Trixie, beginning school in Park Slope, discovers that another girl owns the same toy.
They accidentally switch bunnies. That night, Trixie wakes up and realizes that her comfort object is an alien impostor. She flips out—she wants Knuffle Bunny, now! The parents in picture books used to be tougher. Implied violence is probably not the ideal means of maintaining control. Yet, a few pages later, Frances is fast asleep.
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Though most picture books portray misbehavior in comic terms, a new, psychologically attuned genre treats the subject much more earnestly. A little girl, Katie Honors, begins by declaring how well behaved she is. Her hair spikes outward, as if she had been electrocuted; her arms distend grotesquely as she pushes and kicks.
I hate everybody and everything, even my dog, Vanilla. Like a hat. Katie has to apologize to her brother, and, unlike Olivia, she has to put away all those clothes. As the grandparents see it, the girl has a Sibyl-like condition. The story is ultimately depressing, though, its attitude about misbehavior defeated and fatalistic. The book is visually explosive. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium.
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