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…

Rick's Etiquette Rules #3

Etiquette Tip 3: Dear Reader, I am just so glad, Reader, that you just found my blog, Reader. I just really just hope that you are just so happy to just read what I just have to say, Reader, and, Reader, I just hope you just enjoy it, Reader.

See how annoying that is?
It annoys Jesus too.
And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Matt. 6:7 (ESV)


Erica said…
Just...just feel it in your hearts and just...enjoy the repetition of your name, just...