Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel ’83. The rambunctious , constantly reprimanded crowd will love Bad Kitty. She’s not so bad really, -- just doesn’t like veggies and may have a bit of an impulse control issue. There is a very long list of Bad Kitty books . This one, the first, engages us with the alphabet. Let’s take a random letter, say B. Well, B is for Beets, one of those nutritious foods that sends Bad Kitty into a tizzy of revolt. It could make her Bite grandma, unless she is placated with Buffalo Burritos. Kids will have fun wandering through the alphabet (four times) with Bad Kitty. At Friends we would never have called her Bad Kitty – self-fulfilling prophesy and bad for her self-esteem. Make room for irreverence; it makes the kids laugh.
Sep 2, 2019
What’s it For? by Henry Humphrey ’49. I was surprised to find that the urban contraptions explained in this book are still mostly quite familiar even though the book is fifty years old. Manhole covers, standpipes, and grates still look pretty much the same. The gizmo where you put your change when you board the bus Is a thing of the past, and I suspect that night depositories have been rendered obsolete by ATMs. Still, the idea of engaging the curiosity of the young about objects they see every day is charming and timeless. I would still show this book to young children and ask if they wonder about the function of anything else.