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Guess How Much I Love You

Posted Jun 28 2017 - 11:08pm
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I love you more! No, I love you more!

It's kind of nice in that it's the story of a male authority figure performing the typically "motherly" task of putting a child to sleep. And this is very easily relatable, with nothing explicitly saying that Big is Little's father, or grandfather, or uncle, or anything specific. But because it's so generic, there's not much to it. Basically, the kid keeps telling the adult, "I love you this much," and the adult keeps responding, "Well, I love you this much," and it's always more.

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Families love each other.

Dick Whittington and His Cat

Posted May 2 2017 - 12:19pm
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Back in the good old days, when cats actually worked for a living.

It's super wordy for young kids (actually, in general, really). It's a boring story with no real point to it, retold in a very authentic way, which means that it includes a bunch of words that nobody really cares about.

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Hope you're really lucky, cause otherwise you're life's gonna really suck!

The Judge: An Untrue Tale

Posted Apr 30 2017 - 2:36pm
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Liar, liar, pants... er... have been devoured...

It seems to be trying to say that the world is just and that the truth will win out in the end, but its real message boils down to: Authority figures are unreasonable and won't believe you.

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Nobody listens to you, even if you're telling the truth.

Inch by Inch

Posted May 20 2017 - 12:15pm
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Oh, yeah? Measure this, pal!

There's a message and kind of a moral here that both break down due to presentation in an anthropomorphic universe. You start wondering why exactly the birds are eating something as intelligent as they are, and whether that wouldn't be cruel, and you get into questions that you really weren't planning to get into while reading your toddler a board book.

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People will threaten to kill you if you don't entertain them.

Fables

Posted Mar 1 2017 - 12:03pm
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An apple in time saves before you leap.

The crocodiles are living in a house with wallpaper that is integral to the story. There's a baboon with an umbrella. Since the traditional Aesop's fables take place in ancient Greece, these are an interesting update to the formula. It's nontraditional to have camels wanting to be ballerinas.

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Multiple messages, one per story.

Don't Worry Bear

Posted Mar 3 2017 - 12:14pm
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Come on, bear. Google it. Caterpillars and moths.

It's using a very roundabout way to teach children that caterpillars turn into moths. It's cute that the bear keeps coming by to keep him company, but the caterpillar doesn't really seem to care, need company, or be thankful. It's kind of minimalist, but it could do with a little more character development, otherwise I don't really care about these characters.

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Message: 

Caterpillars turn into moths.

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