Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ask Me Another Riddle?

If there's one thing I love it's old children's books! I once spent an inordinate amount of time in the Rare Childrens' Book Room at the Library of Congress and even starting inquiring about internships where weird girls could come and look through old childrens' books. It didn't go over so well.

Here's a book from my collection. 
It's titled Ask me Another Riddle? and is compiled by Ralph Underwood with illustrations by Crosby Bonsall. This great collection of jokes and riddles was published in 1964. 

I love the illustrations with their bright colors and bold graphics. Something I love even more about the book are the way the jokes and riddles paint a picture of 1964. 

Old books are just that, old and therefore are little glimpses into the past. Some of the jokes are irreverent and would be considered non-PC today- but that's what makes this book so great!

My daughter brought it into school for show and tell and the teacher read some of the jokes. The kids were in tears laughing. Even though it's old the book still resonates with children. 

- Grace

1 comment:

  1. I would love to be one of the weird girls who studies old kids' books. I already spend most of my time doing that anyway!


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