Friday, March 14, 2014

Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack (1932)

This is a perfect gift for a little blonde blue eyed boy child to give to their mother on her birthday.
President Roosevelt
 This dress may be pink.

Danny, the main character, is wearing a pink shirt, and could possibly be a girl with a pixie hair cut.  Boys could wear pink in the 1930s because no one gave a shit about gender until you were older. And pink and blue were gender neutral colors; the boys wear blue/girls wear pink stuff came later.

This book is so sweet.

The illustrations look like some sort of acid trip.  The colors are really bright, and there is a golden halo around everything.

I also wondered why no one wanted to go see Mr. Bear at the end except Danny.  Were they afraid Mr. Bear would eat all of them?  Why wouldn't they be afraid of Danny then?  In fact, they are more likely to end up on Danny's plate than in Mr. Bear's stomach.  Or perhaps they had just had enough of Danny and his birthday bullshit.

All of them are throwing him some serious shade in the illustration.  The goat particularly has the classic "side eye."
Acid trip?

Ask Mr. BearAsk Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This the perfect gift for a blue-eyed blonde boy to give his mother on her birthday.  A little girl could do the same, if the person reading this aloud is willing to change "Danny" to "Danielle" and accept that "Danielle" has a golden pixie haircut (the boy is already wearing a pink shirt).

Why won't the animals go see Mr. Bear at the end with Danny?  Why must he go alone?  What kind of friends are those, to send Danny alone into the bear's den?  They obviously know something he doesn't know, yet withhold information.  Weird.

The illustrations are almost psychedelic, which I loved.  Who knew the 1930s were so "trippy."

All kidding aside, this is a sweet little birthday book.

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