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5 Most Yawn-Inducing Kids' Books

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Kids love hearing the same stories over and over (and over and over and over and over) again. But sometimes, we just can't stand reading them.

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Momlogic's Momstrosity: For kids who crave repetition, literary variety is not the spice of life. Nope, toddlers especially, want to hear the same bedtime stories over and over, ad nauseum. To them, it's like watching classic Seinfeld reruns--predictable. (Kramer will slide through Jerry's door. Elaine will act all pushy and neurotic.)   

But you know how it is. It's late, you're so ready for them to go to bed, and you're only half way through Dr. SeussGreen Eggs and Ham. You want to scream at that little freak Sam I Am, "Look he doesn't like green eggs and ham-- get off his ass!!" Instead, you take a deep breath and slog through the endless repetition, "Not in a house, not with a mouse, not on a boat with a goat..." By the time you've made it to the end, (turns out he does like green eggs and ham, who knew?) your kid has one word for you: AGAIN!

Now, trying at that point to interest your kid in any other book is like trying to convince a heroin junkie to forgo a drug fix for a nice fruit roll up instead. It's just not happening.

Here are a few other books we can't stand reading "Again! and Again!" What are yours?

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Annie, mother of 1
I can't stand the book Hug by Jez Alborough--It's all about this monkey and every page just the word "hug." What's the deal?? Does he want a hug or is he telling the other animals to hug, is he asking what a hug is? The pictures are cute, but I just sit there reading the one word over and over like an idiot. My daughter loves it.
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Andrea, mother of 1
Guess how much I hate, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney? Thiiiiiiis much. The two main characters send me up a tree. Mostly because of their names: Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare. THREE names for each rabbit? I like the message of the book, I just can't stand reading it.
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Jackie, mother of 3
My boys love The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, but what's up with the boy-turned-man who is never, ever satisfied. I'm so glad he ends up frail and alone at the end. I want to yell,"He's given you enough already you greedy bastard!" It's a terrible message to give kids.
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Rachel, mother of 3
Dr. Seuss' ABC drives me crazy. If I'm 33 years old and I don't understand the words, how can my 2, 6 or 7- year-old? It's a harder language to learn than gibberish. Case in point "Four fluffy feathers on a Fiffer-feffer-feff."


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