I Want My Hat Back - Jon Klassen
So I began my job at (name redacted) last week, and to celebrate, me and the SO walked around my work place and found this - the single greatest children's book to ever exist, next to [b:The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales|407429|The Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales|Jon Scieszka|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1359388221s/407429.jpg|1814587]. It always feels good to say that you literally read a book in less than 3 minutes, so I suppose that even if this sort of a book really p***ed you off, then at least you could shrug the experience off to 3 minutes that you wish that you could take back.

Before I go any further, I want to tell you that if you have not read this, please just spend the few minutes of your time to do it. This is a delightful - and surprisingly hilarious - book that works just about the same on children as it does adults. Read ahead if you have, indeed, already read the book.

Imagine my surprise when I brought up that I had read this the next day at work only to be interrupted as I was telling some of my new co-workers about how good this book was by another worker, who immediately exclaimed that not only was this book just awful, awful awful, but it also taught children that stealing is acceptable behavior.


Putting aside the fact that interrupting could be construed as similarly bad behavior, I got the very distinct impression that she had only read someone else's review of this book or had simply gotten her brains mashed up and put back inside of her head, following reading this. She was not joking; she was so serious about the point she wanted to make that she was jabbing her finger all up in the air in this self-righteous way that only an Evangelical preacher can, when speaking about the decline of morals in the country.


I mean, the entire book was made to be humorous... Does she simply not have a sense of humor?

The ending makes a decent argument AGAINST stealing - especially from fashionable bears. Could she possibly have thought that the bunny had reclaimed a piece of stolen property that the bear had originally taken from it? I would hope that she had the mental equivalent of a child, because the book was written for a young audience, and the story was very much basic in what was being stated as the series of events in it.

No matter what her problem was, she decided that it was appropriate to be actively angry at a CHILDREN'S BOOK, and in the process alienate me and my tastes in front of my other co-workers. More so than what I learned from actually reading the book, I learned that in the future I will be certain to stay away from people who get actively angry at a children's book. And the same goes for [b:And Tango Makes Three|117997|And Tango Makes Three|Justin Richardson|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348845313s/117997.jpg|113589].

And, just to make it clear...