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…

Cute Kid-isms

Last week, we put a new element in our hot water heater. Luther (3) however was very confused about the whole thing. The day before, we had this conversation:

Me (to Mary Beth): I'll have to go get an element to put in the water heater.
Luther: That doesn't go there.
Me: What do you mean Luther?
Luther: That doesn't go there.
Mary Beth: What doesn't go where?
Luther: An elephant doesn't go in the water heater!

Here is another cute, if somewhat morbid, discussion that I overheard. I was doing some reading for school, and this happened at the kitchen table.

Luther (seeing a picture of a turkey): Are we having turkey for Thanksgiving?
Mary Beth: Yes, but the turkey for Thanksgiving is going to be dead not alive.
Luther: You're not going to die, Mommy.
Mary Beth: No, no, Luther. Mommy's not going to die; the turkey is!
Anthea (cheerfully): Daddy die?
Mary Beth: No, daddy's not going to die.
Luther: Is Thea going to die?
Mary Beth: No, Thea's not going to die!
Anthea (still quite chipper): Luther die?!
Mary Beth: Look, nobody is going to die! Except the turkey, which is already dead!


Anonymous said…
Wow!? How was your thanksgiving? Ours was great.