There’s nothing really mind-shattering or new going on in either of these books, but this should not matter to any of us. It’s always good for kids to see things that can be connected to their real lives, right? (Blah, blah, pontificate about themes, ramble on about character development, blah, blah.)
Here’s the thing. Charlie (a rabbit) can’t get to sleep. Other animals keep messing it up with noisy interruptions. Charlie has a routine, darn it! Why won’t they just cooperate?
Meanwhile in another book, someone is trying to get their shirt off. It’s stuck. How will we live our lives if we can’t get this darn shirt off?
So really, nothing is new or exciting here. But kids will love these books. Why?
The stories are simple but funny and perfectly illustrated to bring out even more smiles. That is all. That is all we need some days. Today. So, perfect for today.
Still Stuck by Shinsuke Yoshitake
Sleep Tight, Charlie by Michaël Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo