Thursday, August 7, 2014

What Do YOU Think? Books that have toys, too.

Awhile back I heard someone talking about how this lady's daughter wanted to read the Ever After High books by Shannon Hale, but the woman said that if the daughter wanted them, she would have to get them herself. That the books weren't "good" enough for her and that she thought her daughter had better taste than that. The thing that bugs me the most about that, is that if the daughter wanted to read them, why is that bad? Yes, there are a lot of toys that go with those books. Why is that bad? And if one of you reading this knows, I really would like you to try and explain that to me, because I don't get it.

To be honest, I think it's neat when books have dolls and other toys that go with them. (I buy dolls. Yes, I am a teenager and I buy dolls. There is nothing wrong with that.) I admit that when I hear that a book was made just for the purpose of that, I'm a little hesitent. Yes, not all are good. But I read the first two Ever After High books, and I'm a fan. I look forward to the next one! And I got an Madeline Hatter doll for Christmas this past year. And I don't think there is anything wrong with that. At all. I get that if you think your daughter or son wants a book, they'll then just want ALL the toys. But, first of all, won't they want toys anyway? And second of all, they're reading! Isn't that a good thing? I mean, am I insane to think that people might be HAPPY that their kids are reading books?! Even if they're "beneath" them?

Look at the American Girl books, yes, they have really expensive dolls with them, but they are FUN and GOOD! I read them when I was younger (I never had any of the dolls, but I liked the books a lot, I like them today, too!) They made History fun and that's my favorite subject today!

And the Monster High books, I have not read them, but the dolls are fun and unique! What's wrong if they like the books AND the dolls?!

And if they're not readers, what if they get a doll and begin to wonder about the books? What if they read the books? And LOVE them?! Wouldn't that mean they might get to wondering about other books and go on from there? And then maybe they would learn to LOVE reading ALL books? I know I read a blog post about that from someone, I think it might have been Shannon Hale?

My point to this post was that I wanted to get all of this out and I honestly want to read your thoughts, too! Tell me, am I weird for thinking this way? Or do you agree with me? :)


  1. I agree with you 1000%! I used to love the America girl doll books and learning about each of the dolls. I think it's great when they have toys with books. I think it really helps to bring kids into reading because like you said, they'll be curious about the books! So I completely agree with you. I'd be thrilled if my kid wanted to get books (my future kid better love to read lol). But I do agree with you and I can't believe that mom said that!

  2. I agree - I think it's great when a book's powerful enough to cross over into movies/toys/amusement parks. So many of these books exist and it's great for readers and for people who might pick up the book because of the toy/movie/computer game. Playing with toys requires imagination, what better way to fuel imagination than with reading?


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