NYT Prompt 003: Picture Books?

Prompt: What were your favorite picture books when you were little?

Picture books were never really my thing, honestly. In fact, when it comes to the books I devoured as a child, I’m hard pressed to come up with any titles. By the time I was in kindergarten, I was reading aloud to the class and by first grade, I was reading chapter books. By fourth grade, I was caught up in stories about massacres and hauntings, and by seventh I had moved on to high fantasy.

I do know that, like most children, I did read Dr. Seuss. I’m also no stranger to Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Berenstein Bears, and Bunnicula. I also remember a book about a fish with rainbow scales. The cover was mostly blue. I’m sure if I took the time to search it on Google, I could comethe  up with the title, but it doesn’t really matter to me.

That said, I’ve settled on a happy in-between for this prompt: a collection of illustrated short stories. For those of you that know me, the title I’m about to reveal should come as no surprise; my twisted tastes in literature began at a very young age, after all. My favorite books as a child? The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series.

While Scary Stories has come under a lot of fire from concerned parents because of its dark tales and gruesome images, to say that the books have not played a major influence in my life and interests would be a lie. I remember fondly flipping through its pages while on the school bus (we were the last stop, so I did a lot of reading on the bus). At some point in the near future, I intend to reread the series. Perhaps from an adult perspective, I might actually be able to understand the issues some parents have with the series.

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