Ruth Krauss

The Happy Day

July 19, 2020
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I can’t figure out the point.

Animals do hibernate, but they don't hang out in large groups around whatever flower they can find. And I don't think anybody would argue that it's trying to be realistic in that sense. It's not trying to teach us anything scientific. It's just trying to make a silly story about animals and a flower and it's... boring. It's really boring.

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Spring comes after winter.

A Very Special House

December 8, 2017
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Simple book, but good.

Sendak's mischievous line drawings of the little boy and his companions are adorable. It's a simple ode to imagination and individuality.

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You can imagine any kind of life you want.