Maribou told me “Dude, you’ve got to read this book.” She then handed me Book or Bell? by Chris Barton. It’s a simple little story about Henry, who is enjoying reading his book… except the bell rings.
And it’s the story about what happens when Henry decides that the book is more important than the bell.
If you are a big fan of making sure that the kids in your life get books that do not depict grownups as automatons who do not know how to deal with insubordination other than by doubling down, you should avoid this book and do what you can to make sure that the kids in your purview avoid the book.
If, however, you are an uncle or other somewhat subversive role model, you *SERIOUSLY* need to get your hands on this. It’s a fun, funny book about what happens when a kid decides to ignore the bell.
The story is wacky in a way that will appeal to the anarchist that exists in children, the illustrations have all sorts of little wacky touches (and little easter eggs), and it’s a book that will withstand multiple re-readings if it happens to become a bedtime story (and it might… it’s that good).
But don’t get it if you’re trying to explain the “hey, you just have to do what you’re told” thing. It won’t help with that.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?