Reading children’s books is fun. I admire writers who can keep kids excited while also keeping adults engaged. But every once in awhile you find a book that is so bad you want to set fire to it and watch all the characters die a slow, painful death. Here’s a page-by-page commentary on one of my least favorites, Dora Duck Goes for a Swim.
Dora Duck is out on this bright, sunny day. And she’s hoping some fun will come her way. “There must be something exciting I can do. I’ll search the garden and the meadow, too.”
Cool! Nice to meet you, Dora! There’s always something to do when the weather is nice. Let’s explore together!
“Come and have fun with me and my ball of wool!” “Thank you, Kitten, but your paws look quite full.”
Yeah, balls of wool aren’t really my thing either. And especially for you since you only have 2 feet. Way to be polite, Dora!
“You can come and chase my ball with me.” “That’s what puppies do best, but not ducks like me.”
Sure, puppies are good at chasing balls. But how do you know if you’ve never tried? I think you should give it a try here, Dora.
“Come on, Duck, let’s bounce and spring.” “It looks like fun, but it’s not my kind of thing.
Are you sure, Dora? You were desperate for things to do on this bright, sunny day and now you’re gonna buzzkill the rabbit’s idea because it’s “not your thing”? Well what exactly is your thing, Dora?
“Grab some sticks and build a nest with me.” “I’d like to, Bird, but I can’t climb trees.”
What the hell? You know who else can’t climb trees? This Bird. He flies, and so can you, Dora. Or maybe you’re suspicious because he’s asking you for free labor to build his house? Even so, weak ass excuse, Dora.
“You can hop with me on all fours!” “Sorry, Frog, but I don’t have legs like yours.”
I’m getting real sick of your shit, Dora. I would have had fun with all your friends by now. I bet you’re the last one to find out about the neighborhood block party.
“Join me, Duck, let’s dig a hole.” “It’s not what I do, but have fun, Mole!”
Notice how Mole wasn’t even excited that you showed up, Dora? He overheard your lame-ass excuses with your other friends. I bet he wants to push you in that hole.
“There must be something for me to do. But I don’t seem to have a clue. What is it that ducks do best? I suppose I’ll have to try and guess!”
Fuck you, Dora. You just had ALL YOUR FRIENDS give you fantastic suggestions for what to do on a great summer day. And you STILL have no idea what to do? Seriously, fuck you.
“Why, silly Duck! We know just the thing for you to do on this bright, sunny day. Come and join us in the pond and paddle and splash away.”
So you wasted time and shit on all your friends’ ideas just to hang out in the pond with your other duck buddies? You’re a real asshole, Dora.
Now please excuse me while I go use Dora to start my barbecue grill.