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8 Funny Things Kids Learned from Reading Books

Every time Felix sneezes he says “Haaaaachupitchu!”

It took us a while, but we finally figured out why. Haaaaachupitchu is the secret password the siamese kitten Skippyjon Jones gives to the Los Chimichangos, a gang of loco Chihuahuas, in the picture book Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner.

At four years old, books loom large in my son’s world, and the line between their world and the real world is a hazy one. Did you know white blood cells have mouths that eat our germs? They do in The Magic School Bus, and so, figures Felix, they must in reality.

In the dark, books about monsters can’t even be in the same room as him. There’s A Monster At the End of this Book, starring loveable, furry old Grover from Sesame Street, cute and funny thought it may be, stays in a box in the living room and only comes out in daylight. Same with There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer, which used to be one of my favorite stories.

As a child, my bedroom had a closet that connected with my parent’s room, a cramped little hallway stuffed with clothes and shadows. It always frightened me, and Mayer’s book, in which it turns out the monster in the closet is just as scared of the little boy in bed as the boy is of the monster, was very important to me. Like that boy, I still close all the doors in my bedroom before going to sleep. I probably always will.

With all this in mind, I wondered: what weird behavior or traits did my friends and colleagues pick up from books when they were kids? You’ll find their answers if you click on.

  • Skippyjon says "Haaaaachupitchu!" so Felix Does Too! Click on to find out more strange things kids learned from books… 1 of 9
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  • Plan on Moving to Australia 2 of 9
    alexander

    I've always said "I'm moving to Australia!" every time I have a rough day, thanks to Judith Viorst's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I still say it so often that Klout believes I'm influential in Australia. Babble blogger Heather Sokol, founder of Inexpensively

    Click here to check out Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst on Amazon.

    Book cover via Amazon.com.

  • Reciting Poetry Whilst Pretending to be Dead 3 of 9
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    Anne of Green Gables was my idol in the 5th grade, and under her tutelage I spent a bit of time cultivating my flair for the dramatic and wandering around in the woods reciting poetry. God, I am a dork. Facebook Friend

    Babble Blogger Jane Maynard, who blogs at This Week for Dinner, adds: I was obsessed with the poem "Lady of Shallot" by Tennyson because of Anne of Green Gables. In fact, I memorized a good hunk of it, which I could recite for years, often during imaginary play all by myself. I loved the tragedy of it all and would recite it on my own, pretending I was dead, just like Anne.

    Click here to check out Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery on Amazon.

    Book cover via Amazon.com

  • Doing It Yourself like Laura Ignalls Wilder 4 of 9
    little house

    Babble Blogger Jaime Morrison Curtis, founder and partner of Prudent Baby recalls: I was pissed that my dad was only an OB-GYN and therefore didn't know how to build a log cabin or tame a wild horse like pa in Little House. And I was like mom, where is my hand sewn calico dress? Where is my maple sugar snow candy? Why do we have to take this station wagon everywhere, where is the covered wagon I was promised?

    Babble Blogs Development Lead Lindsay Hood remembers: I once spent an entire afternoon making my mom shake cream in a jar to get butter because that is what Laura Ingalls Wilder would do. I also made her make gingerbread and buy me a bonnet and a little figurine because the mom had her special pink lady figurine.

    Click here to check out Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder on Amazon.

    Book cover via Goodreads

  • Believing in Gods 5 of 9
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    Facebook friend and literature lover Rob Allen writes: My obsession with Greek Mythology, begun after discovering D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths in the 1st Grade, or thereabouts, led me to dare to believe that there may be more than one god, so I pursued polytheism by praying to all the specialized deities appropriately and saying things like, "Holy Ares!" and "Oh, my Zeus!" … continued on next page

    Click here to check out D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire on Amazon.

    Book cover via Amazon.

  • Making Plans to Time Travel 6 of 9
    timemachine

    Rob Allen continued: Feeling a bit out of place, as always, I read H.G. Wells' The Time Machine after seeing it on TV one Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and so became obsessed with time travel—in an effort to live in Ancient Greece—and made a toga out of a tri-green bed sheet; I generally stopped planning for my future in the current age since, you know, I wouldn't be living here much longer anyway.

    Click here to check out H.G. Wells' The Time Machine on Amazon.

    Book cover via Wikipedia

  • Spy on People 7 of 9
    harriet

    I started a spy notebook after reading Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. I abandoned this effort pretty early in the game though, as nothing interesting went on at home and my mom didn't like the idea of me writing things about my friends in a notebook at school. Spy-in-training Lesson #1: Never tell your mom what you are planning. Facebook friend and editor Ann Manning Allen

    Another friend added: Harriet the Spy inspired me to keep a journal - which I do to this day.

    Click here to check out Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh on Amazon.

    Book cover via Amazon.com

  • Find Creative Ways to Use Tape 8 of 9
    metooiguana

    After reading the Sweet Pickles book Me Too, Iguana I started making different noses and taping them to my face. I made noses out of crumpled up newspaper, construction paper, the mail, school work, flyers... and I probably used up three rolls of tape. This was also when I discovered the cool trick of taping my nose up to create a snout effect. I introduced this trick to my classmates and that did not go over well. Babble blogger Dresden Shumaker, who blogs at Creating Motherhood

    Click here to check out Me Too, Iguana by Jacquelyn Reinach on Amazon.

    Book cover via Amazon.com

  • Make Freckle Juice 9 of 9
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