Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just for Fun Reading Challenge: Books from Mr. Men series & Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama

For February’s Just for Fun Reading Challenge, I decided to read a bunch of short books!

Mr. Happy by Roger Hargreaves
I don’t know what made me decide to check these out the other day, but I was in the bookstore looking to kill some time and I stumbled across all these little books! My family had them in the house I grew up in too and I remember loving Little Miss Sunshine and Mr. Happy. All these books are about 30 or so pages long with illustrations and the reading level is from 4-8. Even though it’s clearly for youngsters, somehow the stories warmed my heart as an adult.

I guess this is a spoiler alert because there’s not much to the story of Mr. Happy but, in the story, we meet him and see that he’s happy and all that. Well, one day, he goes to the woods and finds a curious door in a tree trunk. He goes inside and finds a guy that looks like him but he’s sad. Then they go outside and Mr. Miserable is happy.

Haha, this summary is making me giggle. But honestly, I feel like there’s some sort of symbolism here because once Mr. Happy gets Mr. Miserable outside of his closed off from the world living quarters, he realizes there’s a whole world out there for him and that he should be happy. HA! 

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters by Barack Obama
The same day, I checked out the Nook Color and this was the book they had as an example . There are about 40 pages, each with a tender line from the letter to his daughters. It is beautifully illustrated, I mean beautifully. With images of great American heroes in drawn in storybook form. Once the icon is introduced, they’re illustrated on the next page in child form standing with a drawing of Sasha and Malia. I just loved reading it because he’s my President and he’s also a sweet Dad! I had no idea this book was so awesome and I wish I had kids to give this book to as a present!

1 comment:

  1. Just to let you know that the picture you have for the mr happy books has a person who i never saw in the books as a kid "Mr.Guilty" it is the 44th character and he looks like OJ Simpson I was just letting you know.


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