Strangest Book of the Week #9
Wow. I haven’t featured a children’s book yet! There are some very strange vintage children’s books out there. And quite a large selection of strange new children’s books. Let’s face it – the genre is just prone to the peculiar. To our modern sensibilities (or at least to mine), the vintage moralistic picture books, or books with a “message”, are particularly strange. You really don’t need such an overt message; the message shouldn’t be the entire focus of the story. One problem I find with such books is that you’re meant to read something into them. The story may be simple, straightforward, and perfectly innocent, but the stated “message” just invites alternate readings… or deeper, unintended readings into the text. Not that it’s always worth the trouble to look. But I do wonder about this book.
The Pink Poodle
by Richard Pantale, illustrated by Virginia Schaffer, 1971.
All of the important bits are below. I’ll let you decide whether it lives up to to its message or not, or whether there’s more that could be read into it!
Update November 5, 2014: …and SOLD! to a good home where the book has special sentimental value. This is what I like about book selling – finding those books that no one else has (seriously, The Pink Poodle just isn’t listed for sale anywhere online) and finding those particular people to whom the book means something special. Very satisfying!
(A difference in culinary taste is grounds for rejection? ouch.)