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My 3-Year-Old Judges Books By Their Covers, Part Two

By Robert Bruce @robertbruce76

He returns!

You might remember my little guy from a few months ago, when he judged some classic books by their covers and nearly broke my blog as a result of all the traffic.

He was two then. He’s three now. He’s a few months older and wiser. And, today, he brings his literary insight back to 101 Books.

So without further delay, my three year old will now judge the following books by their covers.

The Catcher in the Rye


 ”I think that looks like a dragon. The dragon is going to the toy store. He is going to play with the trains.”

Lord of the Flies


“This one is about being a bee. The bee is going to go to church where he will play with all his other bees.”

 Slaughterhouse 5

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“This book is about pirates. That is the pirate and he is riding in the ship to go somewhere. He is going to the toy store too. He is not going to play with the trains, but he is going to pick out something, a big Lightning McQueen.”

Revolutionary Road

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“They are getting ready for bed. They are tired because they are sleepy. Why do you keep talking to me Daddy? They played a lot today.”

Mrs Dalloway


 ”She’s got a hat on. She has a white hat on. I don’t like this one. I really don’t like it. I really want to do the next one.”

American Pastoral


“That is about pooting because they need to go potty.”

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

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“This one is about a star. It is going to stay right there. It is not going to go anywhere. Mommy is watching the star. I think it is going to go far away like that [raises his hand up]. And then it will stop.”

All The Kings Men


“It is about a really big man.”

Once again, I enticed the little guy by calling this “The Book Game.” He loves it, but he has about a 2 minute attention span before every novel starts becoming about poop.

Speaking of, I’ve got to wonder what Philip Roth thinks about my son calling American Pastoral a novel about a family who needs to go potty.

And if you know about my disdain for Mrs. Dalloway, you know how unbelievably hilarious his take on the Mrs. Dalloway cover is. I promise you I didn’t lead him on that novel. That quote was exactly what he said. Apparently, the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree.

Until next time!

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