We have been a bit underwater lately, making
changes to our house that were embarked upon in order to create many calm and pleasing
spaces, but as they were happening created only chaos, mayhem, and
But now, two readers have their very own rooms, and their
very own bookshelves.
Which has brought to the forefront of my mind
(which heretofore was apparently empty) where the heck do you shelve
those tricky books that you don't know where to shelve?
have posted about my struggles with this very intense and amazing book before, and what I decided to do then was to just leave on my shelf and not think about it anymore. Denial,
as we all know, is an extremely pleasant refuge.
we had to move about 1 million books, and there I was with it in my
hand again, and I had to think it through all over again. Diana will be 11 on
Friday—should this book be on her shelf? No doubt she's read about rape
a whole bunch of times, but this is a powerful, visceral book; if I put
it on her shelf, she will read it. Do I want to be pushing something
like this on her right now? But if I don't, then I am keeping it from
her, which also feels wrong. What to do?
This book scared
the pants off me when I read it as a kid. I mean, absolute terror. A girl finds a ragged
little cat, and soon after begins to hear a voice in her head urging
her to do bad things. Is the cat evil? Possessed? Is the girl
possessed? What is right and wrong, and how do we know it? What do we
do with all the rage that is locked inside us?
Add to this that my child is very cat-focused. And that, did I adequately convey this?—this book
really REALLY scared me. I found it at my childhood home a few years
ago, grabbed it, and stashed it away in the top of my closet (see?
Denial! It's the greatest!).
But now I have emptied my closet, and there I was holding the book in my hand. Where do I put it? Again, if I put it on her shelf, she will read it. And be terrified. But
if I keep it from her, I am being an overprotective jerk who is denying
my child a book that would fascinate her, and that is really made for
someone of just her age and interests? What to do?
And then, there are Hop on Pop! And One Fish, Two Fish! And more that I will talk about when I can get it together to write about it next!
OK, the Seuss books are great works of art, I think. But SOME people think they are
too mature for these books. And I feel vaguely pathetic, and as though
I am wistfully holding on to a time that is now passed if I put them
on my bookshelf. But they are so beat up no one will love them! And
everyone has a copy!
Oh what to do? What to do? What to do?