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…


I thought with the new Pirates of the Carribbean movie coming out, I'd make a plug for my favorite video game series of all time: Monkey Island. It is largely due to Monkey Island that I was so excited to see POTC when it first came out. My friends and I called it "Monkey Island the Movie." I'll explain why.

For those of you unfamiliar with the game series, it all began in 1990 when the inimitable Ron Gilbert designed The Secret of Monkey Island for LucasArts. The plot ran thus: Guybrush Threepwood becomes a pirate and rescues his love interest, the governor Elaine Marley, from the clutches of the undead pirate captain LeChuck and his crew of undead pirates. Sound familiar? Here are some pictures of the Monkey Island game art compared to POTC movie stills.

First off, we have Guybrush Threepwood and Will Turner:

Sure you say, but what does that prove?

Check this out. Here are Captain LeChuck and Captain Barbossa:

Hmm... What about the love interests?

Elaine Marley and Elizabeth Swan:

And don't forget in Dead Man's Chest when they go to the swamp to meet Tia Dalma (aka the Voodoo Lady) :

Anyway, I hope other people are tickled by this as much as I am.