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…

With Great Power

One of the things which make Spider Man stand out from other comic superheroes is his sense of responsibility to his fellow man. Spider Man teaches us that we are all responsible for the well being of our neighbor and that we ought to sacrifice ourselves for others. After all, as Spider Man always says, “With great power comes great res…”

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Erica said…
This is right before he gets an emo hair cut and does the Saturday Night Fever strut...right??