Welcome to Tuesday Review, as well as post number 1000! Woot! Today's book is a children's classic, in honor of my recent visit to my new nephew. And when I say children's classic, I don't mean a chapter book, but a picture book. Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever.
This book was one of my favorites as a kid. I read it to my baby brother over and over. It's one of the first books I bought for my children and read over and over. Scarry's illustrations are whimsical, all animals which dress, walk and behave like people. They focus on manners, colors, shapes. Some stories are familiar fables and tales, like the country mouse and the city mouse.
Stories which struck me, as a child, as exotic and mysterious were Couscous, the Algerian Detective, and Pip Pip goes to London. For a Louisiana child, reading about other countries, even in this cartoonish version, was a little thrill. It's one thing to read a story about another country, but another thing entirely to see it portrayed in color. But the Castle in Denmark! So much to see! Totally Scarry in every way:
So, for the child in your life, as well as for yourself, I highly recommend picking up this weighty book. It combines many of the best Little Golden Books around and will keep a young child entertained for years. Oh, and always keep your eyes open for Lowly and Goldbug!
Until I write again ...