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Children's books to satisfy some Popsugar Challenge categories

I get it. This is cheating (but is it, really?). They are children's books and I am reading them to satisfy 4 of the Popsugar categories. But, I'll never finish the challenge since I don't know what to read for "Written during NaNoWrMo." And there is no prize for finishing this challenge. So... I got to enjoy two books from my childhood and no one got hurt.

Title: Where the Wild Things Are

Author: Maurice Sendak and Peter Schickele (Narrator)
Year published: 1963
Category: Children's fiction
Pages: 48 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2023 Google Reading map)USA

SummaryThis iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. When Max dresses in his wolf suit and causes havoc in the house, his mother sends him to bed. From there, Max sets sail to an island inhabited by the Wild Things, who name him king and share a wild rumpus with him. But then from far away across the world, Max smells good things to eat...

Review: I ldon't really have a lot to say about this book except that I lread it this year since the Popsugar Challenge has a category that is "banned in 2022." I looked up a bunch of lists and was surprised to see this beloved children's book on the list.

I loved this book as a kid and as an adult I really enjoyed listening to the audio version. The narrator had a wonderful voice and animation as he read. The music they included also really set the scene.

Why was this book banned? "Some readers believed Where the Wild Things Are was psychologically damaging and traumatizing to young children due to Max's inability to control his emotions and his punishment of being sent to bed without dinner. Psychologists called it “too dark." The book was banned largely in the South." Sigh.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Popsugar--banned in 2022 and I read it more than 10 years ago

Title: The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Author: Beverly Cleary
Year published: 1965
Category: Children's fiction
Pages: 176 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2023 Google Reading map)USA

SummaryWhen the ever-curious Ralph spots Keith's red toy motorcycle, he vows to ride it. So when Keith leaves the bike unattended in his room one day, Ralph makes his move. But with all this freedom (and speed!) come a lot of obstacles. Whether dodging a rowdy terrier or keeping his nosy cousins away from his new wheels, Ralph has a lot going on! And with a pal like Keith always looking out for him, there's nothing this little mouse can't handle.

Review: I thought this book was so much fun when I read it as a kid and again when I read it with my daughter when she was young. Rereading it as an adult was cool. I still love the ping pong ball helmet. And the concept of a mouse on a motorcycle.

I had no idea this one was published the year I was born so when looking for a book published the year I was born, I was pleased to see this one on the list since I have a copy on my children's book shelves. And yes, it's the copy from my childhood, which we bought second hand.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Popsugar--published the year I was born (1965) and bought second hand.

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