Friday, October 5, 2012

Classic Children of the 90s Repost: Popular Young Children's Books of the 80s and 90s

Children's authors set the groundwork for a new generation to develop a deep love of reading, so it's critical that their output is engaging and amusing enough to hold our limited attention. Plus, our parents often bore the burden of reading these books to us again and again until they could have recited them from memory, so it helped if authors could throw in some humor that satiated the appetites of both adults and children.

These books satisfied both criteria in balance and firmly established a place in our collective nostalgic heart for their silliness, fun, and wit. Let's take a stroll through the magical world of 80s and 90s young children's books. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll develop a catchy rhyming scheme. Don't blame me if you start talking Seusically, though. It should wear off in 10-12 hours.

If You Give A Mouse a Cookie

We all know what happens when you start giving mice cookies. They're insatiable little rodents, really. At least that's the central message of Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. He'll just keep bleeding you dry with favors until he finally just wants a cookie again. There's just no winning. Maybe if you try giving a Moose a Muffin or a Pig a Pancake things might turn out differently. Maybe.

Love You Forever

If you're a leaky-faucet type crier easily set off by emotional material, be warned that you'll release the floodgates by the last cycle of "I love you forever, I love you for always, as long as you're living, my baby you'll be." The book details the relationship of a mother and her young son as she recites the same refrain to him at various stages of his life. Near the end of the story, the adult child recites it back to his dying elderly mother and finally to his own infant daughter. The book resonates well with adults and children alike; it seems the older you get, the more likely you'll want to keep a full box of tissues nearby when you pick this one up.

The Eleventh Hour and Animalia

I spent somewhere in the neighborhood of three years trying to trace these gorgeous illustrations in hopes of miraculously transferring Graeme Base's incredible art talent onto my own hopelessly skill-free hands. Base's books may be visually enchanting, but in the case of The Eleventh Hour they're also incredibly tricky. I still haven't managed to solve all of the many riddles embedded in the story. I almost caved and broke into the solution in the back, but I'm still holding out hope that the answer will just come to me.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales

Revisionist fairy tales can be a lot of fun, and this Wolf-narrated version of the classic Three Little Pigs story is no exception. Our allegedly mistakenly accused suspect, Alexander T. Wolf, describes his troubles in borrowing sugar to bake a cake for his Granny's birthday. Is it his fault he has a terrible cold and that pigs build inferior non-sneeze-resistant houses? How could you let a delicious ham dinner like that go to waste, after all?

Along the same lines and written by the same witty author (Jon Scieszka), The Stinky Cheese Man gives us an irreverent look at some of our favorite classic fairy tales. The Gingerbread Man is the Stinky Cheese Man, The Really Ugly Duckling just grows into a Really Ugly Duck, and Little Red Riding Shorts manages to outrun the wolf on the way to Grandma's. The book is a bit chaotic, but it's legitimately clever and witty, too.

Arthur Books

Marc Brown was clearly onto something when he created this lovable anthropomorphic eight-year old aardvark named Arthur. Populating Arthur's hometown of Elwood City are a host of other cuddly animal characters with varying socioeconomic backgrounds, leading me to find that yes, you can indeed be jealous of a fictional monkey. Darn you, Muffy, and your enviable rich-monkey lifestyle.

The Jolly Postman

Kids have pretty short attention spans, so an interactive book is always a major draw: it's like a combination book/game rolled into a neat little package. To be delivered by a postman. A jolly postman.

In The Jolly Postman, our hero postman maneuvers from one fairy tale house to another, delivering correspondences (an apology note from Golidlocks and the 3 bears), junk mail (an advertisement for "Hobgoblin Supplies, ltd."), and even threats of legal action (the case of the Wolf v. Miss Riding Hood.) The jolly postman stops for tea at each home, delivering letters that we as readers could physically open and read.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Learning the alphabet can be pretty boring, so imagine how relieved we were to find a book that turns dry and humorless letters into cute anthropomorphic characters. Our fearless letters climb the tree in orderly A-B-C succession, only to fall back down and sustain alphabetized injuries. Ouch.

Where the Wild Things Are

Monsters might seem like a scary, lurking under the bed prospect until we learn that in our imaginations we can just dance with them in a wild rumpus instead. Sounds like a decent solution to me. The back-story is possibly as entertaining as the tale itself: author Maurice Sendak had initially planned for the book to feature wild horses, but his publisher shunned Sendak's sub-par horse drawings. Sendak replaced the horses with caricatures of his Polish Jewish aunts and uncles: Aaron, Bernard, Emile, Moishe, and Tzippy. I imagine they were thrilled to find their likenesses titled "things."

Berenstain Bears

This friendly bear family has been teaching kids valuable life lessons for generations. I believe I read the Visit to the Dentist book at my own dentist's office at least twenty times, which helped assuage my fear of the infamous yankers while simultaneously teaching me about the untapped goldmine of cash at stake for my expendable baby teeth. Win-win.

Amelia Bedelia

What do you get when you combine a charming rhyming named housekeeper and a penchant for extreme literal interpretation of simple instructions? Pure children's book gold. Amelia Bedelia draws the drapes by trying her hand at sketching the curtains and prunes the hedges by sticking prunes in them. We learned the value of simple vocabulary and double meanings, plus I got some great ideas for how to make a mockery of my household chores,

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Though it may have become a cliche gift for recent graduates, Dr. Seuss's final book is ultimately inspirational and sweet. The book details our protagonist's travel through uncharted territory, complete with setbacks and triumphs. So go ahead, give it to your graduating cousin or neighbor. He'll probably be able to start a collection with all of the copies he receives, but he may just learn a valuable lesson about endless possibilities.

The Rainbow Fish

This book seems pretty innocent with its message of sharing, so imagine my surprise in discovering it's taken some flack from critics for allegedly promoting a socialist agenda. It's a pretty preposterous accusation; it's enough to make you wish yourself back to a simpler time when you didn't know what things like "socialist agenda" even meant.


Fruit bats are adorable and owls are evil? What kind of crazy mixed-up pre-Harry Potter owl love affair world is this? Stellaluna is separated from her mother and is raised with a nest full of baby birds, the mother of whom admonishes her for hanging upside down like, well, a bat. In case you were worried, she does eventually reunite with her mother, but the book has a bit of a melancholy feel through the whole "be true to yourself" message.


Sarah and Stewart said...

Oh my gosh I had totally forgotten about some of these books! A lot of them were my very favorites!

Mark said...

It's funny you mention this. I just did a post on Chicka Chicka Boom Boom over on my blog about a week ago:

Awesome book.

These are the kinds of things that you "totally forget about until you see them."

Thanks for the post!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

i love your website!!! so much fun and these books are all good!

Telia Battle said...

Oh yes I remember reading of the children books form the 80s-90s thanks for posting some of the classic books form the 80s-90s.

daisymay aka Chantele said...

OMG the Joplly Postman and Rainbow fish!! i still have my copies tucked away in the attic. Although i got rid of many childrens books these were a must keep when i left home. I hope my children one day will enjoy them like i did!
Daisy Dayz

faysal ahmed said...

I like your post because your all of words are so entertaining and so useful post .

iPad Video Lesson Offer

faysal ahmed said...

I bookmarked your page and will come again.You can visit my own site there was so many effective information about many important thinks

Instantly Stream Unlimited Full Movies

faysal ahmed said...

Great post.It really contains valuable information.very well written post.Really impressed! Everything is extremely open and extremely clear reason of problems. It contains really news. Your web site is extremely valuable. Thanks for sharing.

Trick Photography

faysal ahmed said...

Thanks, to sharing this nice information, I really appreciate your thinking, & i will visit again for getting more updates.

Forex Striker - History's 1st Patented Trade Robot

faysal ahmed said...

I am happy when reading your blog with updated information! thanks a lot and hope that you will post more site that are related to this site.


Tayler Alvarez said...

Hey I just wanted to say that I love this post about the classic books. Growing up as a kid books were a big part of my life. "Stellaluna", "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and "The Rainbow Fish" were always in my book bag waiting to be read whenever I had free time. Keep up with the great work!

Tayler, @dyr90s

Tayler Alvarez said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Tayler Alvarez said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Teo T said...

Hi there!

I recently came across your blog and have been enjoying reading through it! I too was a 90's kid (born 1990 in fact!)and love a bit of 90's nostalgia. It was a great time to be young!

I was wondering if you would be interested in sharing your blog on Glipho? Glipho is a new social blogging network that aims to promote the writing of its users and help build their audiences. We are trying to establish a creative community at Glipho, and your blog is just what we are looking for.

As your blog is powered by Blogger, you can simply import all your old posts to Glipho without affecting your existing blog at all. You can use your Glipho account to connect to any other major social network accounts you may own, so you can spread your blog as far as possible. We also use our own social media accounts to promote your content.

If you're interested check out our website at and have a look around. Please feel free to ask me any questions, and if you would like to receive an invite to set up an account.

Have a great day,


Glipho Limited
14 Suite 3 D
Docklands Business Centre
10-16 Tiller Road
London E14 8PX


Vicki said...

Ahhh I remember all of these cooks! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Dalton Wignall said...

I really dig this blog, I run a 90s website called Your 90's so its awesome to see other people spreading 90s nostalgia!

lucy lan said...

Plush toys are often the best friend of children. If you need one as a gift ,catch it

Dinda said...

thanks the info
Fill in really good article I really like the articles on this blog.

Handshake Greeting Brotherhood Of Us.

== solusi pasutri

== solusi ejakulasi dini

== solusi pasutri harmonis

Pak Sam said...

nice post
obat perangsang wanita

Obat Perangsang said...

Greetings from us, Sell Arts Center Products

permen cinta
obat perangsang
obat perangsang wanita
perangsang wanita

alat bantu sex
alat bantu sex wanita
jual alat bantu sex
alat bantu sex pria
pembesar penis
obat penyubur sperma

Galeri Cassanova said...

Rata-rata konsumen yang telah sembuh dari penyakit gatal kulit terutama di daerah selangkangan dengan menggunakan obat pelangsing badan penghilang flek hitam bekas luka pada kulit yaitu Meilibahenling. Pemakaiannya pun sangat mudah, cukup jual obat bius wanita dioleskan ke bagian kulit bekas luka dan hasilnya akan terasa setelah dua minggu kulit tersebut akan kembali seperti semula. obat perangsang alami Obat penghilang bekas luka ini mengandung snake oil, glycerine, aloe picked oil, snake guts dan reseen mishap was leave. Penghilang flex hitam pada kulit ini tidak mengandung merkuri ataupun vimax asli merkuri ataupun hydroquinon yang biasanya menjadi bahan dasar untuk produk pemutih dan bisa menyebabkan perih ketika dioleskan sehingga obat penghilang bekas luka ini aman digunakan sekalipun untuk anak-anak. cara alami memperbesar alat vital pria menghilangkan bekas luka secara alami dan dengan obat - Noda atau flex hitam bekas luka yang disebabkan oleh bekas garukan, jatuh cara alami membesarkan payudara Kurap tubuh adalah infeksi jamur yang berkembang di lapisan atas kulit Anda.


We From SEO SUPER Wowo Introduces Its Sales Sells Herbal Products Men And Women ALL PRODUCTS FROM our clients in Down's.

obat perangsang
perangsang wanita
obat perangsang wanita

alat bantu sex
jual alat bantu sex
alat bantu sex wanita
alat bantu
alat bantu wanita

Jual vimax canada said...

nice pot

Obat Perangsang Wanita

Vimax Capsule Canada

Obat Kuat Tahan Lama

Alat Bantu Sex Wanita

Alat Bantu Sex Pria

Obat Bius

Obat Pembesar Penis

Metamorfosis said...

Pelatihan SDM is a network marketing and training information or training an employee who has worked with many consulting firms and training institutions.
pendidikan dan pelatihan sdm, pelatihan akuntansi, sales marketing, manajemen bisnis, administrasi kantor, lembaga training motivasi, pelatihan sumber daya manusia, training manajemen, training sdm, informasi training, pusat pelatihan, pelatihan rumah sakit, training provider jakarta, training jakarta, training consultant jakarta, training center,

Apotik Obat Bius said...

potingan really good contents of your site ,, I really like
apotik obat bius
obat bius
jual obat bius
apotik obat tidur
obat tidur

do friv jogos said...

Hello, just wanted to say, I loved this article. It was practical.
Keep on posting! | juegos de matar | jogos de friv

Emily Trần said...

and giving users real useful information descargar whatsapp gratis fast , use app baixar whatsapp gratis very comfortable , play descargar mobogenie gratis games hot descargar whatsapp plus gratis , baixar whatsapp plus , descargar mobogenie

Lucyfer said...

She did not greet or to use a stepped questions h1z1 download , grand theft auto 5 cheats , city skylines , h1z1 maps , gta 5 cheats ps4 , cities skylines mods

Kiên Huệ said...

Forget the feeling of playing with lonely mid-life facebook entrar , facebook entrar , facebook entrar , games for girls , facebook entrar perfil , facebook entrar mi cuenta , facebook entrar login

Jonathan Smile said...

A great possibility for me and it was a superb knowledge to view this site. Very difficult to uncover these beneficial web page or web site. I have many devices and achieving proper picture of these worked well and energy continues to be seeing about this weblog. Often my own intend to make my personal site as well as my own enjoyment is growing due to this page. I we do hope you may well be more effective.
happy wheels| cool math games| 8 ball pool| sudoku| yoob| friv| monster high
tetris| shooting games| barbie games| friv4school|

Roy Gibran said...

Thanks For Sharing the wonderful article that's really helpful for my references.
Canon PIXMA iP2770 Driver Download | Resetter Canon iP2770 Free Download | HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 1515 Free Driver Download | Epson L120 Driver Download | Epson L100 Driver Download | Epson K200 Driver Download | Epson K300 Driver Download | Epson K100 Driver Download | Resetter Epson l210 l300 l110 l350 l355 Free Download | Brother DCP-J100 Driver Download | HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 4645 Driver Download | HP Deskjet Ink Advantage K209G Driver Download | HP Deskjet 1050A Driver Download | Epson L555 Driver Download | Brother HL-L2365DW Driver Download | HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 1515 Driver Download | Canon iP2770 Driver Download

Roy Gibran said...

Thanks For Sharing the wonderful article that's really helpful for my references....
HP Deskjet 3070a Driver Download | Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4540 Driver Download | Epson L300 Driver Download | HP DeskJet 1510 Driver Download | Epson WorkForce 630 Driver Download | Sony UP-DR200 Driver Download | Brother MFC-L2700DW Driver Download | HP Deskjet 1000 J110A Driver Download | Canon iP2770 Driver Download | Canon PIXMA MP150 Driver Download | Canon i-SENSYS MF4410 Driver Download | HP Deskjet 1010 Driver Download | Canon PIXMA iP1880 Driver Download | Brother MFC-L2740DW Driver Download | HP PhotoSmart 5515 Driver Download | Canon Pixma MP287 Driver Download | Epson WF-3540 Driver Download | GetDataBack for NTFS and FAT v4.33 | Google Chrome 34 | Epson L365 Driver Download

thị hậu nguyễn said...

Welcome, your blog is great. I have read many of your articles. It's very interesting and meaningful, it helps me have more knowledge about life. - See more at:
happy wheels
super mario bros

hoa huy said...

Big Farm

Big Farm is an awesome multiplayer farm management game made by the Goodgame Studios.
Your mission is simple: Create a big farm, grow crops, breed animals,
and become the richest farmer of the universe. Enjoy Goodgame's Big Farm!

Quick Square said...

Very interesting! Thanks for your sharing
Geometry Dash|Geometry Dash Apk |Sonic Dash game |Sonic games | Square Quick app |square quick no crop photo |Dr Driving Game | Dr Driving 2 |Trollface Quest 4|Trollface Quest 2|Papa Louie 3|Papa Louie 2|

Digg This!