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…

A Glass of Blessings

My wife is brilliant! I have been blessed by this brilliance for some time. It was my lovely wife who introduced me to Chesterton, Wodehouse, and a host of other dear literary figures. And now her wit is available to the public at large through her new blog, Glass of Blessings.


Ithilwen said…
I like her blog! It's cool. I must visit it often :-)
As a side note, that article was also very very amusing. :-P