Wild Things - For The Child In Us All

I admit it. I thought the book was scary when I was a little girl, thumbing through books in the library during free time at school. There were MONSTERS in it, and I just didn't do monsters. I was pretty young.

I don't actually remember reading it. I just know that, all these years later, it is imprinted in the pages of memories of my childhood. Like Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends. Classic. Enduring. Beloved.

Though I may save it for when I think she's old enough to enjoy it, I can't imagine not sharing this book with my daughter. It's been a fun journey for me, going back through the books I loved as a child, rereading them and imagining the look on Maggie's face when she first reads them herself.

And I have been waiting waiting waiting for this movie to come out ever since I saw the preview while waiting to view HP6. Because, y'all ... It.Is.Beautiful. Plus, I'm interested to see how a book that I remember as one long run-on sentence (though I sure it's not that exactly) is transcribed into a full-length movie.

If you haven't seen the trailer, here it is:

This means I'll have to leave my baby girl with a grandparent or friend to babysit. I don't like that. Not that grandparents or friends don't do a good job - of course they do! I just hate leaving my Maggie. I'm addicted, what can I say. Hubby and I need a date night - it's good for us, and I know that. I just don't like going places without our girl. It's bad enough being away from her because I have to work, but to leave her for pleasure seems ... selfish? It's silly and I will have to get over it ... work in progress and all that :)

I have to say, as a young child, my super-favoritest book was The Berenstein Bears B Book. I think my mom still has nightmares about reading that book over and over and over and ... well, you get my drift. As an older kid, I remember liking The Black Pearl and The Velveteen Rabbit. I also loved the Amelia Bedelia books! And as I got even older, Little Women. And James Thurber's The Catbird Seat - I just love that story! And now, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff has got to be my favorite - I have read this thing at least 10 times already, and I'm not exaggerating. It has become my go-to book when I have nothing else to read.

I could go on and on about this subject, so I'll stop now. Reading and books are passions of mine, in case you haven't noticed, and I can ramble on into infinity about all the books I love. I do hope to instill the same love of books and reading in Maggie.

You can also check out my page at GoodReads, if you're interested.

Do y'all have any favorite books from childhood? As an adult? Feel free to share ... I'm always looking for more books to read :)