June 14, 2011

Last month I went the IRA conference in Orlando and had the chance to browse hundreds of books for sale at individual publishing booths. I had a few dollars to spend, so I was picking and choosing some books for Juliet and Lucia.

Toward the end of the day, I was feeling tired and a bit rushed, but I had to stop when I walked past these three books:
The UmbrellaThe Tree HouseThe Yellow Balloon
The Umbrella           The Tree House    The Yellow Balloon

Three gorgeously illustrated WORDLESS books. I was fascinated as I flipped through them and was most enamored by The Umbrella. I tried to buy it, but they were sold out. So I went for my second choice: The Tree House. It too, was sold out!

At this point, I walked away. But as I was walking, the saleswoman called out to me, "What about The Yellow Balloon?

I smiled at her and said, "Oh, no thanks. I really wanted The Umbrella." I turned to go again, but as I did, she said, "It's only $8."

Well, that did it. Not one to miss out on a deal, I grabbed my copy and handed her my $8. As I was walking away with my purchase I thought to myself, "What does it normally cost? Is $8 even a good deal?! AHHHHHH."

All things I should have considered before buying it, I know, but I was tired. However, I did realize that it was time to quit shopping and go home. So, I did.

Why am I boring you with the details of how I came into possession of this book? Because this is the conversation Ben and I had a few nights later after he had "read" the book to Juliet one evening:

Ben: Ummm....did you take a look at that Yellow Balloon book yet?

Me: Yeah--it's cool, isn't it?

Ben: There are WITCHES in it.

Me: So what? I'm sure they aren't SCARY witches. Probably just your regular, old, garden-variety fairy tale ones. Geesh.

Ben: Well, there is also an escaped CONVICT.

Me: It's a guy in stripes. Big deal.

Ben: Well, did you happen to notice that there's a NUDE BEACH?!!!

Me: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah. So that's what happens when you are tired and rushed and buy something you didn't really want to buy in the first place, but do it anyways....you end up buying a book with a picture of a nude beach in it for your four year old.

You may laugh at me.

To be fair to the book--it is completely gorgeous and fascinating and the nude part is very, very tiny--so tiny that I didn't even notice it. It's kind of like those Where's Waldo Books where there is so much going on on every page that you can't take it all in.

I actually had "read" the book with Juliet a few nights earlier and we both missed it. (We missed the witches and the convict, too.)

Of course, Ben's eagle eyes were drawn right to it.

So. I'm not sure what is happening to the book. Do we keep it? Do we let it go? I really don't know.

What would you do? :)

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