I Otter Write a Book…..

I love to read to Ella. She has so many great books. The book above is one that I bought for her and it is full of animal puns. I know that I bought it because I love otters, and hope she loves them, too.


One thing I have often thought about is writing a children’s book. As I read book after book and rhyme after rhyme, I often wonder if I missed my calling. I was always the one that the boys came to when they needed a poem for school. Every year for his birthday, I used to write a long poem for my former brother-in-law. Just recently, when DMX died, I let my radio pal, Johnny know with the following:

“Listen up, Homey! Don’t look back. Rapper DMX is dead of a heart attack. His words were nasty, and his clothes were nifty. He is now no more – he was only fifty. Word!”

Stupid? Yes. It took me all of 3 minutes to jot that down. I have used rhyming and poetry often and with a little thought, I’m sure I could come up with an idea for a children’s book. I can rhyme just like those authors. I am sure I could come up with something. I mean, some of the books don’t even need to rhyme. The books I really don’t like reading to Ella are the ones that are just one word on a page or picture books (though I understand how those can be good to teach kids things).

Just for the hell of it I looked up “kids books about otters” in Google. There were about 50 of them that came up at once.

Would kids be interested in the Adventures of Otto the Otter? Maybe. Would they sing along with the songs of Ollie the Otter? I don’t know. Could they learn colors and shapes with Oscar the Otter? Perhaps.

I don’t know the first thing about writing a book, let alone having someone illustrate it! That seems to be the way it works – someone writes it and someone else draws all the pictures. Even if I did that, I wouldn’t have a clue about how to publish it and do it in such a way that it actually made a little money! Just another pipe dream…..

Maybe one day……

Bedtime Books – Part II

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I usually post a link to my blogs on my Facebook page.  Many of my friends there offered comments about their favorite books.  Many remember chapter books from Judy Blume, The Hardy Boys, The Boxcar Kids, and others.  Some of them, my wife included, reminded me of other “bedtime books”.  So here is a short continuation of yesterday’s blog.

Clifford the Big Red Dog

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There were plenty of Clifford books that I read growing up.  Most of them were hardcovers when I was growing up, but by the time my boys were reading them, they were paperbacks.  I loved reading these.  Dante’ loved watching him on TV (John Ritter was the voice of Clifford).

Curious George

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I think I inherited many of the Curious George books from my aunt.  I remember how much trouble George would cause!  The Man with the Yellow Hat had SOME patience!!  I remember checking out these books from the library in kindergarten.

Winnie the Pooh

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My wife reminded me of Winnie the Pooh.  I think I had a stuffed Eeyore when I was a kid.  I remember so many of his stories.  I think I had the book and record set where you could read along with the records with these because I remember Tigger’s voice!

The Berenstain Bears

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We had SO many of these books!  What I remember about these was that my dad always called them the BerenSTEEN Bears!  I thought that was who they were for years until the TV show was on PBS and the boys watched it.  Only then did I notice that it was STAIN and not STEEN.

Corduroy

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I was reminded of this bear by a Facebook friend.  I remember him, and I may have read this book (and the others), but he obviously wasn’t one who made an impact on me.

Harold

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Harold had a few books, but I remember this one because he drew all over things!  I could relate to this little bald brat!  I drew on many walls, floors, and other places in our house growing up!

Frog and Toad

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I remember reading about these two.  I read a few to Dimitri growing up, and the Youth Theater group here in Flint put on a Frog & Toad play, which was great!  This is one book that I will always make me think of Dimitri.

Thomas The Tank Engine

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Thomas had been around for a LONG time.  Dante’ loved Thomas growing up.  I read him MANY books and he always watched the show!  Thomas and Dante’ go hand in hand for me.

The Little Critter Books

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Here is another one my wife reminded me of.  I can’t believe I forgot these!!  I really LOVED reading these to the boys.  So many great stories!  Of course, Just Me and My Dad was one of my favorite ones!!

Happiness is a Warm Puppy

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I can still remember reading this one as a kid.  I must have read it 300 times.  The binding was ripped, it was falling apart and I still read it.  We always had dogs growing up and it always reminded me of how happy those dogs made me.

Underdog

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From the Little Golden Book collection, I had a few Underdog books that I loved reading!  I used to love watching him on TV.  He was one of the first superheroes I came to know.  I don’t recall this book in particular, but I know I had others that I read nightly.

Babar

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I used to have Babar books – at least 5 of them.  I remember I had to have my mom or dad read them to me.  Why?  Because they were written in cursive!  What kid’s book is written in cursive?!  I remember thinking that it was written in another friggin’ language!!!  These may or may not have been great stories, I really don’t remember because I couldn’t get past the cursive!!

Do any of these remind you of more??  What was YOUR favorite bedtime story?

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