I'll put my growing stack of doll books aside for the moment - believe me, I've got more - and feature Tommy's current favorite. This arrived in the mail two days ago - along with yet another sweet dolly book - from Purple House Press.
Mr. Pine's Purple House was written and illustrated by Leonard Kessler and published in 1965 as an Easy Reader. It's been touted as a book about non-conformity blah, blah, blah. But you know what? It's a story. A very funny story, at that. Why do we feel compelled to make stories mean something greater, be about something higher?
Let's all talk about this book now class.
A story is a story is a story. Read it and laugh, weep, rage. Whatever.
Grown-ups, you listening? Just read the book and get out of the way.
Anyway. The book. Sorry about that, guys.
Meet Mr. Pine.
Charming chap, isn't he?
And here's his house. Third door from the left. I think. Looks kind of like the door on the right. And the door on the left. And every door on every house on Pine Street. Therein lies Mr. Pine's problem. He'd like to be able to tell which house is his.
Maybe if he plants a pine tree right out front, he thinks.
Pine tree.So he does. Just like this.
Ahhhhhh. Looks pretty nice. And different. Problem is, Mr. Gold likes it too. And Mrs. Green. And Mrs. Brown. What scene greets Mr. Pine's bespectacled eyes when he looks out his window the next morning? You got it. Pine trees up and down Pine Street.
Mr. Pine is a bit miffed. So, he plants a bush. Just like this.
Much to the paint man's chagrin, Mr. Pine buys his purple paint and gets to work. Despite a few mishaps and missteps . . .
. . . when he is finished, the house looks just as Mr. Pine expected. Purple, purple, purple.
Wonder what happens next? Purple houses up and down Pine Street, perhaps? My lips are sealed.
Purple House Press. Look it up, buy the book.