18 September 2009

16 September 2009

The Relatives Came

Cynthia Rylant's classic story of an eventful family visit...

...also the title of David Sedaris's next compilation of humorous essays about an eventful family visit and the endearing dysfunction of the modern American family?

10 September 2009

Great Lines in Children's Literature: The Composer Is Dead (Lemony Snicket)

From Lemony Snicket's latest:
"Composer" is a word which here means "a person who sits in a room, muttering and humming and figuring out what notes the orchestra is going to play." This is called composing. But last night, the composer was not muttering. He was not humming. He was not moving, or even breathing.

This is called decomposing.
I would write more about the book itself, but I wouldn't feel right reviewing the book without listening to the CD that comes with it. And I didn't think the staff at Barnes and Noble would be too happy if they caught me pulling the cd out of its case, burning it onto my laptop and then uploading it onto my iPod.

07 September 2009


What must the inhabitants (especially the animals) of Narnia thought of the Pevensie kids when they showed up wearing fur coats?