As the year comes to a close, adults and children alike start to seek out holiday themed literature. While adults are a little more capable of discerning whether a book is quality or not, it would do young children good if they were shown more examples of corrupt writing they should avoid.
Silly Tilly’s Thanksgiving Dinner is not a very silly book at all. On the very first page Tilly is quoted to say, “Summer is gone. I can’t remember where it went.” This is a major plot spoiler for the entire book and also serves as a rather disappointing introduction to the story.
Soon after that, a second character is introduced who is referred to as Mr. Bunny. This name is not very original. He is first mentioned while putting earmuffs on and because of this, he consequently cannot hear what is being said to him. Either those are some pretty impressive earmuffs, or this character actually has hearing problems. The latter theory seems more likely since the earmuffs have been pulled down past his ears and are not actually doing anything in their current location. This might lead the reader to wonder if Mr. Bunny does not actually have more underlying issues than just those which immediately present themselves.
After many pages of issues leading to more issues, Tilly remembers, then forgets, then re-remembers that she is having Thanksgiving dinner that very day. And yet, she still has to send out the invitations and make the food. In her frenzy of memory loss and all around cluelessness, she hands Mr. Bunny the recipes instead of the invitations. In the midst of trying to find the very same recipes she mistakenly handed to Mr. Bunny moments ago, she forgets what she was doing. Then, she realizes she is tired and decides to take a nap.
Readers should question how the community came to the conclusion that it was a good idea to leave Thanksgiving dinner in the very incapable hands of this particular member of society, but that is never fully answered nor discussed.
When she wakes up, she finds all of her friends at the door with food, including Mr. Turkey. He brought popcorn. This part of the story alone proves it is not suitable for children. It is saying that, instead of eating turkey, America should eat the equivalent of salted packing peanuts on one of the most celebrated holidays of the year. If that is not the conclusion children come to, then they must assume that eating your friends is ok.
Still worse than claiming that Thanksgiving dinner can be attained with overpriced movie theater snacks is the life lessons this book has to offer. Impressionable children should not be told that it is ok to get distracted and not stay on task because life will work out anyway. Every member of society that still cares about the future of America should protect their child from this book at all costs.