A writer friend reappears, and my logocentric nature revealed

19 Sep

Zia Munshi stopped by the office today for an all-too-brief visit.

We had a baby shower for one of the writers, presenting young Jackson and his beaming parents with gifts of children’s books. My wife and I contributed The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter.

I have a hard time remembering most of my favorite picture books as a kid. I loved Richard Scarry, a lot. I loved Kay Thompson’s Eloise books, though those aren’t for very young readers. There are a handful of picture books I liked enough to keep into adulthood: The Ice-Cream-Cone Coot and Other Rare Birds, The Hat, Cranberry Thanksgiving, and Remy Charlip’s psychedelic volume of tongue twisters Arm in Arm.

But mostly I remember the books after the picture books. Matthew Looney, Moon boy. The Great Brain. The Mad Scientists’ Club. Ellen Raskin’s mysteries. Tarzan. The Wrinkle in Time series. Howard Pyle’s Robin Hood stories. Treasure Island.

I’m just wired for words more than images, I think.

3 Responses to “A writer friend reappears, and my logocentric nature revealed”

  1. zia September 20, 2005 at 8:46 am #


  2. zia September 20, 2005 at 8:47 am #

    My favorite picture books were Pat the Bunny and The Hungry Caterpillar. Whee!

  3. Wade Rockett September 20, 2005 at 10:31 am #

    My Web site fell victim to DNS issues, but should be up soon. Someone did give young Jackson The Hungry Caterpillar! I can’t remember who, though.

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