Depending on your viewpoint it's either a wonderful story about a parent's infinite love of their child, or a piece of wishy washy liberal bullshit. I'm with the former.
Bug loves the book. It's got monkeys in it and she's a friend to all things simian. After our first or second read through, Bug noticed this message on the back cover and raised an eyebrow:
The first sentence suggests the book should be shared. I'm good with that; Bug's only recently started vocalising language, so it's a bit much to expect her to read it on her own.
Good advice. Thanks book!
On to the second sentence: We do not advise that you leave your child with it unsupervised.
I gave the book a wee shake.
A box of matches, Gary Glitter, and Hitler very much failed to fall out from between its covers.
I reread the book less it be full of subliminal National Front propaganda, what with Bug having a penchant for such things.
Here's part of National Front immigration policy: The National Front would halt all non-white immigration into Britain and introduce a policy of phased repatriation.
And here's one of the more controversial statements from 'You': I love your smile, I love your frown, your whispers and your giggles.
Not exactly Mein Kampf.
Which left me wondering what could possible happen if I left Bug and the book unsupervised. I know it's mental, but I popped out of the room for 30 nervous seconds.
When I returned, Bug was on fire. That'll teach me.
Actually, when I returned Bug was turning the pages of the book with hands covered in jam. It seemed that it was the book that was in danger.
The book was in danger.
Could that be it? Could the message be aimed at keeping the book safe?
When Bug became interested in books, we put all the ones she owned within easy reach of her little hands. When we told friends, one or two asked if we were worried that she'd damage the books. Our response was something akin to 'are we worried she'll damage a book that cost us 15p from a charity shop?'
Now I'm wondering if people keep books from their children? Does the message suggest we should? I once counted how many books Bug and I read a day. On that occasion it was 23, many of them twice and thrice. I never choose a book or decide it's story time. She decides. Is this book suggesting I put a stop to this in case jam hands get on a few pages?
I'd be interested to hear what other folks do.
I'd also be interested to know if there's other interpretations for the message. I may be missing something.
Bye for now.