Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Out, damned Spot!

Weeks ago, WCK asked to check out a library book called "Spot's Giant Treasury." It contained about a dozen stories about a dog named Spot:


Apparently, the Spot books are quite popular among preschoolers, despite the fact that they are low on action and plot. Some examples of Spot plots: Spot goes on a picnic. It rains. Spot comes home. Or: Spot goes to a fair with his grandparents. It is fun. They come home. Or: Spot's room gets messy. His mom tells him to clean it. He cleans it.


Every night before bed, WCK would insist that I read one Spot story, and then she'd ask Daddy to read one Spot story. WCK looooooved the Spot stories. Jay and I grew to hate them. Obsessively. Sometimes we'd lie in bed at night, complaining to each other about the Spot stories. Like, why is the mother dog bigger than the hippo? Why is Spot called Spot, but his friends get regular names, like Steve? Why are all of the animals "human" (they drive fire trucks, they play tubas, they go into the hospital for x-rays), except for Spot's grandparents' pet cat, who is just a regular cat?


"Why are Spot's parents always referred to by their first names instead of 'Mom' or 'Dad'?" Jay would always say. "I HATE THAT!"


I'm happy to say that the Spot book was returned to the library this morning. WCK seemed to understand that it needed to go back, and she hasn't complained. Jay and I can go back to our happy, pre-Spot lives, but I think the emotional scars will always be there.

7 comments:

Karen's sister said...

I'm glad to hear that not all books warm parents' hearts. Secretly, I really don't like reading WCN her Dora books. It isn't the Spanish that I can't pronounce, but rather the strange plots that seem to progress without conflict. Drives me nuts. She loves them though, and I bought them for her when she had her ear infections, so I can't get rid of them. Oh well.

Abigail said...

Be glad that you don't have FIFTY Thomas the Tank Engine books that are non-returnable ;)

Siobhan said...

Go back to your pre-spot lives? Not so fast; I have a "gently" used Spot DVD that really wants (I really want) to have a new home! What is your address?? LOL Just Kidding...I soooo feel your pain...

Brooke said...

I have fond memories of "Where's Spot?," a lift-the-flap book I had as a kid. I recently came across it at the library and was so excited to bring it home to Aidan. Much to my disappointment, he was less than impressed.

I'm totally getting it for WCK for her birthday:)

Sandra said...

Spot, meet Biscuit. Now you two little dogs go play in the street.

Jen said...

One of our board books, Spot Goes to the Parade (or something like that), accidently got lost under the bathroom sink (which was baby proofed) for a long period of time. It needed to happen. Of course, your post was timely...Noah was "reading" this in the car yesterday and laughing hysterically about the hippo playing the horn (I think?) I just don't get the Spot humor.

mplsdeanna said...

Oh, Thomas is the WORST. They were written by some nice English minister in the '40s. But you'd think they were written by an emotionally stunted third-grader. UGH. (On the other hand, my mastery of 1940s train lingo is second to none. I know what "shunting" is and what a "siding" is.)