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…

Just Like Us

"You see, it is such a mistake to think that these Bible characters were a special sort of far-away, unreal, old-fashioned people quite different from ourselves, always speaking in stately, dignified, poetical speech, and thinking about nothing but religion and prophecies. They were just as "modern" to themselves as we are now to ourselves. They chattered and joked and used slang, drove hard bargains, talked politics, followed the latest fashions and so on, just as we do. The men who killed God were exactly like you and me and the people we read of in the papers--Timid politicians; respectable religious officials; rough, careless soldiers; silly, thoughtless, gossiping folk; noisy mobs led away by paid agitators; weak, well-meaning souls who hadn't the strength of their own convictions; stupid, short-sighted, parochially-minded people--just ordinary people." -Dorothy Sayers