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…

Younger Rick's Illustrated History

I was going through some of my old stuff at my dad's house recently, and I came across my World History notebook from 9th grade. Apparently 14-year-old Rick liked to illustrate his history notes, and so I'm going to share with you some of my favorite illustrations from my early high school self.

We'll start with the beginning of the First Punic War. Rome had conquered the Italian peninsula and was ready to expand into Carthage controlled Sicily.

At the Battle of Drepana in that war, Publius Cornelius Pulcher was frustrated that the sacred chickens on board the ship wouldn't give good omens by eating their grain. So, he tossed them overboard into the Mediterranean, saying, "Let them drink since they don't want to eat."

Skipping ahead a bit in history, we all know about Henry VIII and the English Reformation. Did you know that Henry VIII had a terrible temper? Here he is having one of his little tantrums.

And finally, here is Pope Paul III realizing that he needed to respond to the Protestant Reformation.


Mom said…
My son is so!
Erica said…
I'm of the opinion that people who doodle fun stuff in their notebooks get extra credit at school. Or if not, they should.

Also, chicken walking the plank. Wonderful.