Had the grandbabies over last night and so dragged out the old children’s books – including a collection of nursery rhymes compiled and illustrated by Wallace Tripp back in ‘76. Looks like Wallace was riding the Jim Henson wave maybe, trying to produce something grownups would like too.
I know I found this book absolutely delightful back when my babies were small but come to think of it I was still walking around in green nail polish and platform shoes back then. Thing is, it left the grandbabies cold. Tripp doesn’t seem to be mocking childhood as the sainted Mr. Rogers accused sly Paul Rubens of doing with his Pee Wee Herman character but he’s not exactly talking to them either. Check it out. Funny, sort of, but…. Well, what do you think?