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My 3-Year-Old Judges Books By Their Covers, Part Two

He returns!

You might remember my little guy from a few months ago, when he judged some classic books by their covers and nearly broke my blog as a result of all the traffic.

He was two then. He’s three now. He’s a few months older and wiser. And, today, he brings his literary insight back to 101 Books.

So without further delay, my three year old will now judge the following books by their covers.

The Catcher in the Rye

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 “I think that looks like a dragon. The dragon is going to the toy store. He is going to play with the trains.”

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“This one is about being a bee. The bee is going to go to church where he will play with all his other bees.”

 

slaughterhouse 5

“This book is about pirates. That is the pirate and he is riding in the ship to go somewhere. He is going to the toy store too. He is not going to play with the trains, but he is going to pick out something, a big Lightning McQueen.”

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“They are getting ready for bed. They are tired because they are sleepy. Why do you keep talking to me Daddy? They played a lot today.”

dalloway

 “She’s got a hat on. She has a white hat on. I don’t like this one. I really don’t like it. I really want to do the next one.”

American Pastoral

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“That is about pooting because they need to go potty.”

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

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“This one is about a star. It is going to stay right there. It is not going to go anywhere. Mommy is watching the star. I think it is going to go far away like that [raises his hand up]. And then it will stop.”

All The Kings Men

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“It is about a really big man.”

Once again, I enticed the little guy by calling this “The Book Game.” He loves it, but he has about a 2 minute attention span before every novel starts becoming about poop.

Speaking of, I’ve got to wonder what Philip Roth thinks about my son calling American Pastoral a novel about a family who needs to go potty.

And if you know about my disdain for Mrs. Dalloway, you know how unbelievably hilarious his take on the Mrs. Dalloway cover is. I promise you I didn’t lead him on that novel. That quote was exactly what he said. Apparently, the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree.

Until next time!

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  1. nicola baird #

    He hates Mrs Dalloway – didn’t you too? I think this is wonderful. I’d like you to repost it with your own current rankings beside his perceptive judgments… They almost match… Nicola http://islingtonfacesblog.com

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    July 19, 2013
  2. When I read the Mrs Dalloway comment I laughed out loud…. Maybe his subconscious picked up on your state of mind when you were reading it. LOL

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    July 19, 2013
    • Who knows. I laughed pretty hard when he first said it. Like I said, I didn’t prompt him at all, so it was perfect.

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      July 19, 2013
  3. I love his comments! They actually make the books sound more interesting than they are! 😉

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    July 19, 2013
  4. MARK WHELAN'S LITERARY BLOG #

    A bright lad

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    July 19, 2013
  5. MARK WHELAN'S LITERARY BLOG #

    Reblogged this on Mark Whelan's Literary Blog and commented:
    A very bright young lad on judging books by its covers.

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    July 19, 2013
  6. Maybe if you showed him Portnoy he could be spot on with the “poop” comments? Have a great weekend and thanks for the laugh.

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    July 19, 2013
    • I’m scared Portnoy would open up a whole new avenue that I’m nowhere near prepared to deal with yet!

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      July 19, 2013
  7. ha ha ha Like Father Like Son! It’s in his genes! 😀

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    July 19, 2013
  8. I’m not sure I believe you about not poisoning him against Mrs. Dalloway! You must’ve done something to sway his opinion! 🙂

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    July 19, 2013
  9. I loved this, Robert. Please play more of this game with your son.

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    July 19, 2013
  10. So do you let him choose your next read? Which one does he think you should read?

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    July 19, 2013
    • Whichever one is about poop, more than likely.

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      July 19, 2013
  11. My experience with most young boys it that everything comes back to poop.

    I think you should introduce him to strangers on the street and have him point people out, then say what he thinks about them. I think it’d be more introspective that first assumed.

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    July 19, 2013
  12. Poor Mrs. Dalloway! Pretty astute analysis of Roth, though.

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    July 19, 2013
  13. Pure awesomeness. You should try the same books every year and see how the answers change.

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    July 19, 2013
  14. Lucille #

    I see him being a character in many of these covers, assuming he likes trains and toy stores,and he probably has been to church. Pirates and dragons fill the minds of many 3 year olds. And maybe he felt a poop-urge when he saw American Pastoral (which I thought Roth’s best work). Was he seeing himself standing next to the looming Huey Long image?

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    July 19, 2013
  15. Hah, I love his take on Revolutionary Road!

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    July 19, 2013
  16. This is absolutely charming!

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    July 20, 2013
  17. Love it! What a creative kid you’ve got!

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    July 20, 2013
  18. Keep ’em coming – these are hilariously adorable! All my kids are grown so this makes me even more eager for the grandchildren to start coming. I can’t wait to have little ones to read to again, and now I can add this game in as well!

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    July 20, 2013
  19. This is hilarious! Your son is quite funny (and a good judge for some of these- I didn’t like Mrs. Dalloway either).

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    July 21, 2013
  20. “They need to go potty …” Your little one is so cool. Love it, love it, love it. I’m sure, Philip Roth must love it too…. 😉 One’s for sure: Give us more!!! Lots of love from Germany and congratulations: Your Blog is great, your son as well …

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    July 22, 2013
  21. “They are getting ready for bed. They are tired because they are sleepy. Why do you keep talking to me Daddy? They played a lot today.” haha love it 🙂

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    July 22, 2013
  22. Ha! Love it. Revolutionary Road wa a winner. 😉

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    July 22, 2013
  23. If I had a child, I would totally play this as well!!

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    July 28, 2013
  24. Badger #

    I for one want to read a story about a dragon playing with trains at the toy store!

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    August 18, 2013
  25. Very good info. Lucky me I found your site by accident (stumbleupon).
    I have book-marked it for later!

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    December 9, 2013

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