What We Really Read

August 14, 2012

ponySo you know, I love me my classics, and some rad vintage kid lit, and COOL OBSCURE TITLES I’ve dug out of my dad’s attic and whatnot, but don’t let that fool you, my peeps. We’re not just rolling highbrow with our book-reading. Oh no. I’m totally at peace with throwing in some Littlest Pet Shop, some Lalaloopsy action, along with a dash (a LARGE dash) of My Little Pony and Disney Fairies thrown in the mix.

(Some folks hate Disney, I’ve discovered. I don’t hate Disney. I don’t hate anything except villains and liver. Actually, I’m sure if I worked on it I could add to that list, but that would take away from the sweetness of the Lalaloopsy girls, and that would be sad, not rad.)

_DSC0133If I had to pick Julia’s favorite from this lot, it would have to be My Little Pony. We saw this video three years ago and then watched it twenty times. And then twenty times after that. But Littlest Pet Shop is a fierce and wily and OH SO TREMENDOUSLY POWERFUL competitor.

If you turn your back on LPS (as Littlest Pet Shop is know in the biz. Not sure whose biz.), you will regret it. Because LPS will take you down and flay you open and burrow into YOUR SOUL.

Isn’t that sweet?

_DSC0134See those eyes? BURROW INTO YOUR SOUL.

_DSC0135_DSC0136_DSC0137When we first got ‘Meet the Lalaloopsy Girls’, I think we read it 2 or 3 times a day for about a week or so. Now Julia keeps it in her favorite books box. I’m with whatever Lalaloopsy girl was on that page up above – I dislike burned cookies too. The little yearbook-likey-dislikey-most-likely-to-be-whatever stuff was Julia’s favorite part – she had that biz MEMORIZED.

(Apparently “biz'” is the word of the day. I’m really sorry. I’ve tried to – at times – write intelligently, and even talk about some deeply felt feelings, but what really wants to come out of my furiously typing fingers is this BIZ-ness. OMG! (that’s ohmygoodness by the way) Did you see what just happened there? I’m a lunatic.)

_DSC0138_DSC0139Oh and if your eyeballs are feeling like they’re on fire right about now, it’s because I color popped most all of these photos so that you could really get THE FULL EFFECT of the mind blowing awesome that is the combo of wonder we call MyLittlePonyLittlestPetShopLalaloopsyDisneyFairies.

AW-YEAH. Or should I say, JEAH? (go read, so funny!)




14 comments:

  1. This is what the kids want! Bring home a book order or go book thrifting with my boys and they pick out scooby-doo, spongebob square pants, and phineas and ferb every time. (the books which I consider to be the boy books to the books you've shown) Here's what I think... if it makes them want to be looking at or reading a book instead of something else then it's win win for everyone! (less of a win win for me if it's a super long scooby doo story that gets REALLY old to read over and over and over- at which point I must hide it or take it back to the library asap) Mostly I'm just thrilled when my kid actually brings me a book instead of me begging him to come sit on my lap for a story :) (I'm sure it wont be long before miss Kitten is bringing me all the books you wrote about today... for now she wants elmo)

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    1. Oh Elmo. We read a LOT of Elmo when J was a toddler. I don't get the Elmo hate either. Love Elmo!

      PHINEAS & FERB, omg times a million. J's favorite show. She's even starting to talk like them.....

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  2. We certainly have our share of these, too! LPS is super-popular in our house, but I don't think we have any books (except coloring books). We ordered a couple Lalaloopsy books through the preschool Scholastic catalog, though, and we have several older My Little Pony books. Big Sis has a large selection of mine and my sister's Ponies from the '80s, as well as episodes of the '80s TV show on DVD. Little Sis is into Friendship is Magic now.

    I'm sure once the Scholastic catalogs start coming again, there will be more.

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    1. I can't wait for school to start, so we can get Scholastic flyers again! I get more excited about them than J does. They have a lot of cute Hello Kitty stuff....;)

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    2. Yes! Yes, they do! And yes, I get more excited about them than the kids. Big Sis doesn't get the flyers, but her school gets two of the Scholastic book fairs each year. I plan Christmas and Easter gifts around them. :o)

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  3. LOL - we all have our lowbrow books- Keira likes to pick out books at the library like Backyardigans, Barbie, etc. - I feel like she is wasting valuable space in our bookbag for better quality books but what can ya do...

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    1. there's just something infectious about big eyes and bright colors I guess! ;)

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  4. Melissa, you made my glucose screening far less torturous this morning with this post. I was cracking up! (Seriously, fasting overnight then no food until after a sicky-sweet drink and three blood draws... I was STARVING by the time I got out of there!)

    Fortunately, we've managed to avoid some of the soul burrowing, though Miss C. does love picking up Disney fairy books at the library when we see them.

    I do love how kids dig into their favorite books and ask us to read them over... and over... and over... until they've been seared into our memory banks. Miss C. was seriously addicted to her Beatrix Potter anthology for a very, very long time, and I miss those days so much. I wish I could get her to sit down and read them with me again, but she's moved past them. In fact, she doesn't want to read ANYTHING in our personal library anymore, so I no longer buy her books because she doesn't want to read them more than a few times. She much prefers the library experience. Did Julia ever go through that? And if so, did she ever go back to old favorites?

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    1. Oh the glucose test!! what a chunk of Not Fun that is :( (I failed mine and went on to be diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which was quite a bummer) I hope you got to rest later and have a good meal!

      Glad to have made you laugh with my sillies :)

      I'm really really cautious with what I actually buy these days -- most of the time I also go the library route, unless it's something I want for my own collection just so I can pull it out and feel happy that I have it, hee -- Julia has definitely grown tired of certain books that she once loved and she HAS gone back to them! She pulls out old picture books and practices her reading on them.

      glucose screening....does that mean that by now you know the gender? did I miss that reveal? or was it revealed? My mind is jelly these days.

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    2. It's good to know she's gone back to some of her old favs now that she's reading. I've been wondering if maybe Miss C. will want to explore our library again once she starts learning how to read.

      As to the baby... we're going to be surprised! We were surprised with both our other kids and it was such a neat experience, so we're happy to go that route again. :)

      What a bummer that you ended up with gestational diabetes! I'm crossing my fingers that I'll get a pass on this one as well, seeing as I didn't get it with the other two. It took me pretty much all day yesterday to feel better - not eating was really the worst part of it all. It left me feeling pretty bad most of the day.

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  5. There's those beautiful paper flowers again! I love those! Oh this post makes me happy (and somewhat relieved). We have shelves of wonderful books but our little tub containing Thomas The Tank Engine, Mr Men and even a Little Mermaid book is drawn from almost every night at story time. It's a struggle to read a story about tank engines, narrow gauge engines and diesels with any sort of flair, but R loves them.

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    1. you know, it can't be classics all the time. just like it can't be kale all the time. Sometimes it's marshmallow fluff time :)

      (those paper flowers make me happy every time I walk past them!)

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  6. We read a lot of the fairies and princesses, too! Have not discovered the others yet--oh wait, yes, we have a my little pony anthology....but other than that...it is only a matter of time!

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    1. I think if I came home with some Phineas & Ferb books, J would abandon all the fairies and ponies and LPS beasties -- she loves P & F right now with an immortal passion :)

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