Updated: June 27, 2013 6:19AM
Obviously, kids aren’t perfect. They have problems just like grown-ups do. Bill is a dog with a mega-problem. We learn all about it in “Smelly Bill — Love Stinks” by Daniel Postgate.
Bill is a happy, homely, dog. He loves digging in the garbage and then one day, Peachy Snugglekins prances by. She is a lovely white poodle, all fancy and trimmed. Bill is in love. ‘His knees went weak, his eyes grew wide, he felt all gooey deep inside.’ Great Aunt Bleach, the mistress of Peachy is not encouraging.
She does not want this smelly, ugly dog around her precious little Peachy.
Bill mourns his love in the back yard and decides to make the ultimate sacrifice, a bath. All dolled up, he tries to join the Dog Parade and win the Best Dog prize.
He still isn’t very pretty, but when a big bully chases Peachy, he jumps to the rescue.
He saves her from a buggy swamp and becomes the hero of the hour. We leave them happily being chaperoned by Aunt Bleach. (To be sure they behaved!)
Kathie Lee Gifford (the entertainer) brings us a delightful look at “The Legend of Messy M’Cheany.”
We join Ms. Gifford telling a group of children the tale of Messy M’Cheany who is definitely the messiest kid in town. He starts out as a baby, in his high chair, making food fights look peaceful.
Even though his mother gives him a bath and puts him directly to bed, he wakes up ‘with dirt on his head.’
He refuses to wear clean clothes, he makes messes where ever he is and what ever he is doing. His manners match his behavior. Then, his world is ‘girl’d’.
He meets Missy M’Cheany, the neatest girl in town, a pink and fluffy and powdered ‘thing’ that is very intriguing. He tries to convert her to his ways, to impress her with his ‘messes’ but she continues to be neat and clean. She is not impressed.
Her manners were lovely and she simply persists in being herself. Gradually, Messy comes around and we leave them as a happily married family.
We join Sam Bungle in complaining about his family being “TOO Noisy!” Brought to us by Malachy Doyle, Sam can’t stand all the noise that his large family makes.
Sam is the middle one and is the family dreamer.
He longs for peace and quiet so he can think. He wanders out to the woods, and there he finds it better.
He has a walk, enjoying the woods and makes up little rhymes as he wanders.
Then, darkness falls and he finds himself deep in the forest and evidently lost.
He feels something flutter around his head and he regrets going so far from home.
Now, he begins to make all the noise, yelling for help.
Gradually, he begins to hear the familiar sounds of his family as they come to rescue him. Sam and his mother agree that quiet is good but so is noise. Now he can enjoy both.