I have never truly been one for short stories; they are TOO DARN SHORT!!! So really, the only true short 'uns that I ever do, either rhyme, are nonsenseful and, yes, are meant to be childish. It's still out for debate if really any of mine can be trusted with real kids though, since I have a strange sense of humor. I mean, what good parent would let their kid read some story about a poor baby ducky getting swallowed by an alligator and then coming back as an evil villanious waterfowl? Hmm? Yeah, well, love yous.
I love all of my shorters equally, 'cept The Non-singing King and Uhapuhahua Puhi are a little more particularly loved.