Childrens’ books we passed up recently:
H. P. Lovecraft, To Think That It Thawed Out on Mulberry Street
Marco sees a street corner fish-seller’s stall on the way home from school, but it is oddly shaped and has recently been abandoned. He has never seen a fish-stall there before, and so he imagines who could have been running it: From suppliers of extremely strange fish, to denizens of the deep who hold coastal towns of fishermen under their sway, to the drowned tombs of the elder gods themselves … he wakes from his walking reverie to find himself at the door to his house, with a strange clay seal in one hand and an ancient, worn knife in the other…
Dr. Suess, Horton Hosts the Egg
Horton is the space navigation officer of a mining ship whose crew is brought out of hibernation early by an alien distress beacon. Upon investigation, the crew discovers an alien ship, and Horton is attacked by a face-hugging alien. Hilarity ensues.
Department of Homeland Security and Dr. Suess, Oh, The Thinks You Can’t Think!
From the preface: “Children learn what is permissible to think, and where, as well as how to observe parents, take notes, and keep logs of family activities. The importance of reporting on schoolmates who play D&D or read unapproved books is stressed. A handy list of phone numbers at the back provides numbers to call in case of suspicious activity.”
Dr. Sues, Mr. Brown Can Sue, Can You?
Mr. Brown drives a nice car, but he’s always in a neck brace. If a tree branch has fallen or there is a patch of ice on the sidewalk outside your house, or if a toy has been left out on your driveway, he is sure to be writhing on the ground nearby. Find out the secret to Mr. Brown’s successful lifestyle. Useful table of medical terms in the back.