Friday, July 15, 2011

'Sad Dad'

My favorite part of "Hop on Pop" has to be the pages devoted to the utterly despondent dad.

You just don't see this much in kids' books anymore — demoralized parents who've clearly lost their will to live. I myself often come home from the office, strip down to only my rumpled tie, and then clasp my hands together while I wait for sweet release.

Elliot asked why the dad is sad, and I said he probably had a bad day at work.

Then he asked why it was bad. I said I didn't know. Elliot thought about it for a moment and said, "Maybe his computer stopped working."

That would do it.