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Saturday, April 11, 2009

SURVEY: What's the Strangest Children's Book You Remember?

What’s the strangest children’s book you read while you were growing up? When my brother and I were little and we were visiting our grandmother, we always made a bee line for one book, What Happened To George?.

This little gem was a Rand McNally Elf book. George was a good little pig. He was helpful around the Pig family house, helpful at school, helpful getting little old lady pigs across the street. But George had one problem. George ate too much. He snuck food in school, snuck down to the kitchen for midnight snacks. George was unstoppable. Then one day he came home and found his mother had baked donuts for the church bazaar. This was George’s undoing. With each donut George at he began to swell (what had Mother Pig put in those things?!). By 11 donuts he was huge. With the twelfth, the view switched to the outside of the house and a huge donut shaped cloud blew through the kitchen roof.

The story ends with George’s friends figuring George had turned into a blimp and flown away, George’s mother believed George had flown off to heaven, but wise old Grandpa pig (sitting on the front porch with a white Burl Ives goatee and a huge grin on his face) said, “He just plain burst!” End of story. Now what kind of story is that?!

So, what about you? What’s your strangest, most memorable, actually published children’s story? Go ahead, give us some details!

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lena said...

I wish I could help here, but no memories. I guess none of the books I read or was read to were strange enough to remember.

But that's a good thing, isn't it? :D

Jane said...

Hi, anything by Roald Dahl probably - for instance, The Twits!

J.S. Brooks said...

Lena: darn! Then again, maybe you're right. Still, I have fond memories of Oobleck and The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, along with ol' George here.
Jane: great choice! Dahl put such a wonderful twist on everything and his views on authority were terrific.
Thanks to both of you for taking the survey!

Doctor Crankenstein said...

Anything by Doctor Seuss, Enid Blyton or Roald Dahl.

Green Eggs and Ham, The Magical Faraway Tree and Matilda were and still are three of my favourite books.

J.S. Brooks said...

Hi Doctor:
I'll have to check out Enid Blyton. I'm not familiar with this author. Thanks for responding to the survey!