Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

And the Winner Is...

Last week I posted a riddle that I wrote for my 8th grade class at school to see if anyone might hazard a guess. Having given it sufficient time, and having tabulated all the thousands of responses, we have a winner...

Congratulations Derek! The answer was indeed wheat!

I wish this were like one of those way cooler websites, where you would get a free book or %15 off any purchase. But at least you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

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