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…

Why There is No Top Five This Week

Here are the top five reasons:

Why There is Not a Real Top Five List This Week

1. Dropped my laptop off the dresser last night.
2. Can't access any of my data.
3. Had to buy a new laptop.
4. None of my pictures!
5. Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!


Mom said…
Did you really? Wow! Shoulda called your Uncle Faron. He's got laptops that he's fixed & he might have given you one. Oh, and, btw, does'nt this qualify as a top 5 list? Silly! Where's my list to go birthday shopping Fri.? All noisy toys for Thea if I don't get a's idea.
Rick said…
Well get you a list!!! Also, since I had to teach class at 8:00 this morning and the laptop broke last night, I don't think I could have gotten one off of Faron in time. I'm hoping maybe he would be able to either fix this one though or get the data off of it.
Mom said…
He prolly can. So, I guess I'll just bring it to him next time I'm down there cause that's gonna be like 9 more days!!!!!!! I thought maybe you'd just apparate to Faron' & Erica need to work on thoise! Btw, what punctuation mark is missing in your comment? Hmmm
Mom said…
Darn! I added an i to those. Silly
Rick said…
"Contending that the coordinating conjunction is adequate separation, some writers will leave out the comma in a sentence with short, balanced independent clauses."


Mom said…
So, who is well & why are they sending me a list? Hmmm
Rick said…
D'oh! I thought it was my missing comma! Oh no!!!!