Lyle, Lyle....
August 30, 2013 7:17 PM   Subscribe

Bernard Waber died this past May. Mr Waber was the auther of many children's books, including the Lyle Lyle Crocodile books, the first of which was "The House on East 88th Street". David Haetty put together a little video, reading the book for us. Pretty much the most endearing collection of misspelled words, misread sentences, awkward text pacing, strange accents and mispronunciation you'll come across today.
posted by HuronBob (9 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
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Lyle was one of my favorites.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:03 PM on August 30, 2013


Ira was my absolute favorite as a kid.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 8:10 PM on August 30, 2013


So, Signor Valenti... Is he good? Is he bad? It varies from story to story. He is a man of great complexity.

Also, he has pica.
posted by Nanukthedog at 8:15 PM on August 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


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Lyle is lovely charming stuff. The local children's theatre put on a play that was basically an anthology of the stories and it was a huge smash with my daughter.
posted by Artw at 8:20 PM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


I used to read 'Lyle Lyle Crocodile' to my kids. Did not know the author died. :(
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posted by Katjusa Roquette at 10:12 PM on August 30, 2013


This hits me a lot harder than Seamus Heaney's death. I don't know how many times the Lyle books have been read to me and how many times I've read them to nephews and nieces.

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posted by edeezy at 12:56 AM on August 31, 2013


Dear Mr. Waber,

Thank you so much for the entirety of your lifetime of work. You brought a great deal of joy to my childhood and to my children, and for that I am forever indebted to you.

I have misplaced my well-read childhood copy of "The House on East 88th Street" somewhere in the house, and I wonder if, now that you are a ghost, you could help me locate it so that we may return it to its place in the bedtime rotation. If not, I still have the one where Lyle meets his mother and the one where the little girl sends him hate mail.

Regards,
Hector P. Valenti, Star of Stage and Screen

PS: Please put in a good word for me with the gentleman upstairs.

PPS: I trust there will be caviar and pastries there, else what's a heaven for?
posted by middleclasstool at 1:06 AM on August 31, 2013 [5 favorites]


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I loved Lyle. My copy "The House on East 88th Street" is close at hand, although I haven't managed to get my SO's five year old interested yet.
posted by snuffleupagus at 4:28 AM on August 31, 2013


Family favorite, thanks for posting.
posted by Rash at 3:15 PM on August 31, 2013


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