Why I Built the Boogle House
Helen Palmer ~ photographs by Lynn Fayman
Random House, 1964
This was one of the first titles I picked up for my son a few years back, from Cheever's Books on Broadway in San Antonio. Written by the first Mrs. Dr. Seuss, it follows the struggles of a young boy in search of the perfect pet and the perfect house in which to house said perfect pet. Possibly better known for the classic Fish Out of Water, Helen Palmer did a series of these awesome books with photography including I was Kissed by a Seal at the Zoo and Do You Know What I'm Gonna Do Next Saturday.
Ms. Palmer's incantation is a delight and once you've gotten into reading her stuff, you can tell instantly if a book is hers. I love the way she repeats words to get her point across...
"So, I swapped him.
I swapped the rabbit for a dog."
A truly far out title and one that several friends have remembered fondly from childhood. (My copy came with the sweet inscription "Merry Christmas Nora Ellen from Fred & Lois, 1974").
I Kissed a Seal at the Zoo
Do you know what I'm going to do next Saturday?