A remote control is to hide.
A shoe is to grow out of.
A bed is to jump on.
A backpack is to unpack, especially right before mommies have to leave.
A chair is to climb to reach things that mommies think are out of reach.
A pot spoon is to bang on the hardwood floor while singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”
A toddler is to replace the gym.
A friend is to draft for babysitting duty.
A playdate is to exhaust your child so they go to sleep on time.
A break is…sorry, I don’t know what that is.
A mommy is to love all of the time, no matter what. (Honestly, we do!)
A child is to love all of the time, no matter what. (Honestly, they do!)
Note: Ruth Krauss (The Carrot Seed) and Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) collaborated on 9 books. Krauss is children’s lit royalty – and was married to Crockett Johnson (Harold and the Purple Crayon).
After you read A Hole is to Dig, you’ll see why. It’s not enough to write a “silly” story with some “silly” drawings and call it good kids’ lit. You have to be able to capture the magic that makes childhood so special, to see the world the way kiddos see it – not the way adults think they should see it.
So, yes, a hole can be for many things. But for kiddos, it’s to dig.