Dad sleeps in absurd conditions, including outside in the very cold.
"Jason woke up. He heard a sound." Each time he woke he would find his father sleeping in a new absurd location: the bathtub, top of the fridge, and roof of the car. The story gets more absurd when Jason rescues his father from the -50 degree outdoors. There is a slight twist to the ending. ValuedMinds holds that valuable stories can be fun and have thematic value. This does not.
A five year old flies, then crashes, a commercial airliner –and then grows up to be a pilot.
Five year old Angela searched the airport for her father. She saw an open plane and explored it. Pushing the pretty buttons in the cockpit resulted in the plane flying up over the airport. Obeying radio directions she landed it, but so roughly it fell to pieces. Unharmed she grew up to be a pilot. If there is any theme here, it is that whim has no consequences.
Though his son asks for the "truth" about the tooth fairy, a father explains that fairies used to exist, that humans and modern technology drove the fairies away, and that serious effort can make the tooth fairy real.
Gaby asks Dad (the author) to tell the truth: is there a tooth fairy or is it just parents? The author's 'truth' holds that fairies once existed, but vanished as humans gained control of their environment. Further, if one "tries really hard" to believe,the tooth fairy's voice still appears in parents' minds suggesting they provide small treasures in exchange for a baby tooth. Belief "must come from you, and you alone". Thus, Alexander urges fantasy and whim upon children, just as they are seeking reality and reason.
A pet lizard —that grows into a giant Diplodocus— is targeted by contrived-to-be-foolish scientists, politicians and generals, until Jacob helps it escape into the Rocky Mountains.
Richler's cynicism produces foolish scientists, politicians and generals who seek only to destroy Jacob's hatchling (don't ask) dinosaur, Dippy. When Dippy sees the Rockies in a picture book(!), they escape from Montreal to find their way to British Columbia. Intended as humor, Dippy sings loud enough to break glass miles away, eats entire crops, produces deafening burps and suffers from thunderous flatulence, yet the military catches only Jacob. Delete the unnecessary wordplay, and post-modern misanthropy and the point was...?
"Professor Factual" offers no facts, but his claims are sufficient argument for the Bears to join the Earthsavers Club.
This story presents common environmentalist claims, pooh-poohing those who might have a different view. Children are too young to interpret true science so only "Argument from Authority" (a Logical Fallacy) is offered by Professor Actual Factual. Contrary to the principles of ValuedMinds, this story is indoctrination, not education. Happy ending: everyone joins the Earthsavers club and happily parades their blind faith in saving the Earth.
In this multiple award winner, Max is sent to his room for wild behavior, where he fantasizes becoming King of Wild Things before returning to where "someone loved him best of all."
Sent to his room, Max fantasizes its total transmogrification. Trees and vines take over, and soon he is sailing to the land of the Wild Things. He becomes their king through the "magic" of 'staring them down', but then grows homesick and returns to warm food. This still popular and highly awarded story hints at a child's joint need for empowerment and a parent's love, but the real world is where such values are found.