It’s a Homer!
It’s National Doughnut Day, which feels timely, as we’ve got Homer Price and his fabulous doughnut machine on our minds this week.
Every spring we spend an intense week figuring out which books to LitWit next. We pore over recommendations from our customers, subscribers, and friends; we thumb through classics sections of rare real bookstores; we browse lots of “best of” lists and read lots of reviews. But we always save room for one self-indulgent, just-cuz-we-loved it book, like Follow My Leader and The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet. It’s been fun to see modern kids respond to these books with the same wide-eyed wonder we “vintage” kids had. We’re so glad we got to introduce them to each other!
This year we picked Homer Price, all because we remembered and loved one single mouthwatering hilarious happy scene: Homer’s doughnut machine that wouldn’t stop spewing out doughnuts. Now THAT’S an image no kid can forget, right? Who doesn’t love the idea of endless doughnuts? It wasn’t the greatest reason to choose a great book, but hey, we’re the bosses of us. If only a few people sign up, we said, we’ll still have a wonderful time. More doughnuts for us.
SURPRISE! Within an hour after releasing and announcing our calendar, 22 parents registered their kids–more than signed up for the much-requested classic The Lion,The Witch, and The Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis’s masterpiece has since surpassed Homer, but Robert McCloskey (who also wrote Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal) took the annual first-hour prize.
So if by chance you’re among those who don’t know this book yet, we (and our customers) think your kids will love it too.
Now comes the fun part–planning creative learning experiences to make ALL of next year’s book choices memorable! We can’t wait!
Becky and Jenny
P.S. For 2021, we’ve leaning toward a Danny Dunn book for our just-cuz pick–not sure which one yet. They all look so enticing, don’t they? Please leave us your recommendation in the Comments!