Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The first book you loved? (Don't lie to me!)
What is the first book you loved?
Someone brought this up at work today, and it’s always an interesting topic to explore. What struck me though was the number of people who lie to try and impress others. They’ll always go straight to the Important Books, like:
Catcher in the Rye
Oh, I really related to the themes of um, ah, you know, just…didn’t the guy who shot John Lennon have a copy in his pocket?
It’s cool, right? This book is cool? It’s about this guy, and the war, and then some aliens and a teapot and stuff. Well, the edition I’ve got has a very cool cover.
A Tale of Two Cities
Dickens is classic, yeah? So if I say I’ve read this, you’ll all think I’m educated, right? Oh, and it was the best of times and the worst of times. I think one of the cities was probably London.
But today when someone brought it up, I took this question seriously. I’ve loved a lot of books in my time. In fact, I love all three of the Important Books I mentioned. But the first book I loved was this:
It has everything. It has dogs. It has dogs in hats. It has dogs in cars. It has dogs in hats and cars. It even has conflict: Will those two dogs who keep saying “hello” and “goodbye” and disagreeing over hats ever be friends in the end? And it has a massive party in a tree house at the end. Best. Ending. Ever.
This was the first book I loved because it was the first book I could read by myself, and because there was so much to discover in every illustration. This may even be the book that made me want to create my own stories. I read this book until it fell apart. I’ve since been through two other copies. I read it when I was four, and there is a copy on my bedside table now. And even though I'm an adult with no children, I'm not ashamed. Know why? Because reading this book still makes me happy. Sure, it’s not a complex journey in the psychological mindset of alienated youth, but it has dogs in cars. And sometimes that’s all you need.
You can buy the awesome Go, Dog. Go! by PD Eastman here at Amazon.
So, tell the truth now, what’s the first book you loved?
And, if you're in the mood to share, why?