BUT IT TRULY SAPS OUR FAITH IN THE REPUBLIC TO SEE THAT BERENSTAIN BEARS BOOKS ACCOUNT FOR ABOUT A FIFTH OF THIS LIST

Publisher's Weekly shares its list of the 150 best-selling children's books of all time. It's dominated by YA perennials - and we're embarrassed to confess that we've never even heard of the #4 book on the list.

[UPDATE: A correspondent has reminded us that this list is a few years old, and therefore our surprise that the Harry Potter books were not ranked higher is invalid. Still, it's a good indicator of which perennials sell best. . .]

GORE WILLY   

Seventy young whale watchers get more than they bargained for when their boat crashes into a baby humpback swimming with its mother:

"We were watching whales in the distance for some time and we were just starting to cruise around to look for more whales when a mother and calf just popped up right in front of the boat. All of a sudden there was this grinding noise and we looked off the back of the boat and all you saw was blood over the water."

AND IF NONE OF THESE TIPS WORK, TRY KEYING THEIR SUV WHEN YOU STORM OUT OF THE RESTAURANT

Today Show contributor Dr. Ruth Peters is a clinical psychologist who writes a weekly column for MSNBC full of useful advice such as this nugget from a recent piece entitled, "Hate Other People's Kids? Here's What to Do":

How should people "deal" with other people's annoying kids? How do they retaliate?

Most parents are defensive. Yes, they do get it, they know their kid is rude and either they are rude themselves and don't care about the effect that it has on you, or they've managed to avoid taking responsibility and want to live in ignorance. In other words, you'll probably be talking to a wall.

We're sorry, Ruth, if we've allowed our children to get out of control. Maybe we should follow some of the advice found in your many published books, like Laying Down the Law; Don’t Be Afraid To Discipline; It’s Never Too Soon To Discipline; or, Stop It, Stop It, Stop It!: Discipline Today, Discipline Tomorrow, Discipline Forever.

THAT'S RIGHT, SUNNY D, THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT YOU

On the other hand, the Today Show's "10 Ways to Prevent Raising a Fat Kid," from nutritionist Joy Bauer, are reasoned and reasonable, and echo ideas we've shared before in this space and in Parents magazine, such as: serve breakfast; fill them up with fiber; and avoid liquid calories. Take a look.

PERSPECTIVE IS IMPORTANT, BUT OF ALL THE SCARY ITEMS IN THE NEWS RIGHT NOW - LIKE THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC, NATURAL DISASTERS, AND NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION - WE KNOW THIS IS THE ONE WHICH WILL GIVE US NIGHTMARES

Nearly 4,000 students, most of them in the northeast, had their SATs scored incorrectly, with some students losing 200 points or more.

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#4 on that list is a truly scary book where a mother's love turns a woman into a scary stalker that drives down the road with a ladder on her car and climbs into her son's room at night to hold him even after he has a family of his own. This creepy book was given to us as a gift and we have since recycled it, literally; I could not even justify passing it on to another unsuspecting soul.

I can't believe it is a best-seller. Who finds this book attractive?

Posted by: Erika | Mar 14, 2006 12:01:33 PM

Thanks for the note. Maybe a lot of new grandmothers buy that book for their daughters who become moms? Sounds pretty creepy.

On the bright side, we're relieved that The Rainbow Fish - our least favorite kid's book that does not feature a Disney character - did not make the list. You know the one - where the rainbow fish with all his beautiful scales can only make friends by literally giving away those scales - his own skin! - to the jealous little fish who swim with him. Monstrous . . .

Posted by: Freelance Dad | Mar 14, 2006 12:42:31 PM

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