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…

Yogi Bear and Toons on the Loose!

Today was a prime morning for letterboxing, and this time the entire family set out. We were after three different letterboxes in Peaks View Park in Lynchburg. It was a much bigger adventure than last time, as the hunt took us down a nature trail that we had never seen before. The boxes were off the trail and I found myself scrambling up lichen covered rocks and sliding down banks to root around under trees. In the end though we found what we were looking for. The kids had a great time, and my wife and I got a nice walk. Plus we got a free Frisbee golf disc out of the deal which had apparently been tossed over a bank in some bygone day and never retrieved.