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Poor Photo Choice

Check out the picture of Shel Silverstein on the back of my daughter’s new copy of “The Giving Tree”.

Who on earth decided that this was the best possible picture of Shel Silverstein to put on the back of his classic? I’ve always loved Shel, but I remember him looking a lot more friendly than that on the back of my books. Doesn’t it look like he’s snarling at the camera or something? I’m almost scared to let Lily see the back of the book because Shel looks so freaky.

Why not use this photo, or any number of nice Shel pictures I found on the internet?

I think Shel would be insulted if he knew that first awful picture of him was being used on his book covers. I rather have no picture of Shel at all than the one that’s there. It gives me the creeps just to look at it.



Filed under book illustrations, books

That’s you, Mommy!

According to my two year old, I look so much like Mrs. Potato Head, aka “Mommy Mr. Potato Head”, that I actually AM her.

She became so obsessed with Mommy Mr. Potato Head after we saw the “Toy Story” movies that I had to buy her one. You may think the “Toy Story” movies are about Buzz and Woody, but you are mistaken. They are about Mr. Potato Head and Mommy Mr. Potato Head. Whenever she talks about Mommy Mr. Potato Head, she says “That’s you, Mommy. We went to Target and we bought you!” When she takes Mommy Mr. Potato Head apart she says “Mommy, you broken! We need to fix you!”

I’m trying to decide if I should be insulted that she thinks I look like a potato, but I suppose that’s somewhat better than one of my other alleged twins, the zookeeper’s wife in “Goodnight, Gorilla”.

“That’s you, Mommy! You take the animals back to the zoo.” I don’t recall doing this.

I am also apparently twins with the old lady bunny whispering hush in “Goodnight, Moon”.

I was starting to get a complex about my looks, but the other day she decided I was Sarabi AND Nala in “The Lion King.” I took this as a compliment because if sexy lionesses ever existed, surely they would look like Sarabi and Nala. (I also feel better because she claims my husband is Pumba the warthog.)

In reality, as you can see, I look like none of these characters, but I’m amused to find out who next will earn the honor of being my “twin”.

Who does your child claim looks like you?

If you have a funny toy photo story to tell, email your submission to creativekidsplay@gmail.com.



Filed under alleged look-a-likes