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…

New Bloggy Thing

I'm doing a new thing with my blog that will hopefully give me a little direction and encourage me to post more frequently. Here's my tentative weekly schedule. I'll see if I stick with it for more than a week.

Monday- A quote from something I'm reading or have read recently, or otherwise wish to share with the world.

Tuesday- A poem or song.

Wednesday- An actual article of some sort, so it looks like I actually write something original from time to time.

Thursday- Links day. Links and or videos I've found during the week that I deem to be "cool".

Friday- Random comments and musings on life. Probably stream of consciousness.