Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Falling for a Pigeon / My Love-Hate Relationship with Disney

Here are the books we are loving around here right now -- The Pigeon books and Knuffle Bunny Books by Mo Willems.  Mo is a genius.  Plain and simple.  He wrote for Sesame Street for many years, and received several awards before becoming a children's author/illustrator. 

What I love about The Pigeon is that the drawings are so very basic, and yet the way this pigeon talks has you laughing out loud.  Seriously.  Just take my word for it and get everything by Mo Willems with a pigeon on the cover.

Knuffle Bunny is also great for any little one in preschool. 
Mo totally gets kids. 

And now, for a word on Disney.  There's a side of me that loves Disney and all the great entertainment they have provided my family over the years. 
C'mon, Winnie the Pooh?  The Incredibles?  UP!?! 
I doubt there is a family in the United States of America without at least one Disney movie in the house.  They are as much a part of our lives now as getting the car filled with gas, or going to the grocery store. 

But then there's another side of me that hates that.  I hate how well they know what kids love and how to market it to them.  I hate how intricately they know parents and what we'll fork over to see our kids smile.  And I hate it when they do something like this:

Yup, that's an astrology book for kids.  Look up your birthday and see which character is most like you. 
No thanks, Disney.  Stick to Pixar short films and little rats cooking in Paris or flying elephants, thank you.


Susan said...

Another great post!! We LOVE MO!! I literally laugh out loud at his books. But,I agree with the Disney concerns as well. Not only in their marketing but also at the level of violence and other bad examples that are set in these movies. We have sensored some b/c of it.

Anonymous said...

You tell 'em, Mama!! Somebody has to stand up and say "enough"!