A humorous "guide to life" for grown-ups One day, Diane Muldrow, a longtime editor of the iconic Little Golden Books, realized that, despite their whimsical appearance, there was hardly a real-life situation that hadn't been covered in the more than 70-year-old line of children's books from managing money, to the importance of exercise, to finding contentment in the simplest things. In this age of debt, depression, and diabetes, could we adults use a refresher course in the gentle lessons from these adorable books, she wondered a "Little Golden guide to life"? Yes, we could Muldrow's humorous yet practical tips for getting the most out of life ("Don't forget to enjoy your wedding " "Be a hugger." "Sweatpants are bad for morale."), drawn from more than 60 stories, are paired with delightful images from these best-loved children's books of all time among them "The Poky Little Puppy, Pantaloon, Mister Dog, Nurse Nancy, We Help Mommy, Five Pennies to Spend, "and "The Little Red Hen. "The Golden greats of children's illustration are represented here as well: Richard Scarry, Garth Williams, Eloise Wilkin, J. P. Miller, and Mary Blair, among many others. Sure to bring memories and a smile, this book is a perfect gift for baby boomers, recent grads, lovers of children's literature or anyone who cherishes the sturdy little books with the shiny cardboard covers and gold foil spines
About the Author
Diane Muldrow is the editorial director of Golden Books and a gifted
children's book author. She has written novelty books for Scholastic and is the author of the middle-grade series, "Dish," for Grossett. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Rick Peterson has created illustrations for a wide range of publishing,
advertising, and corporate clients. He is a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Publishers Weekly, July 15, 2013:
“Readers who grew up with Little Golden Books…will enjoy this optimistic and cheering trip down memory lane.”
Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2013:
"Chicken soup for fans of Golden Books."
School Library Journal, October 2013:
"A fun and entertaining walk down memory lane... This title will be great for sharing one-on-one with children."