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…

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"Between 1553 and 1610 there were sixty-three editions of On Duties, a figure equalled by no other book. To Erasmus this work seemed to embody every principle needed by a youth undertaking a public career...he was more devoted to Cicero than any other writer, and owed him much of his skill as a storyteller. Erasmus praised him for bringing philosophy within reach of the common man, and declared his moral doctrines to be more truly Christian than many discussions by theologians and monks. Martin Luther regarded his treatises as superior to Aristotle's, and Melanchthon described On Duties as a work of perfection..."
-Michael Grant in Cicero: Selected Works