So, today, as you are hopefully aware, is Talk Like a Pirate Day.
When being told of this, the kids today wanted pirate books. I was more than happy to oblige.
It reminded me of a great day with the same bunch of kids when I was wearing my Babymouse t-shirt.
Girl 1 (age 8): Miss Jennie, what's that on your shirt?
Me: It's Babymouse!
Girl 2 (age 8): Miss Jennie, what's Babymouse?
Me: You guys have never read Babymouse?
Girls 1 and 2: Uh-uh.
Me: Come with me! You'll love it!
We walk over the stacks where I find copies. When the other kids see I'm handing out books, they all come over. I end up handing out all 10 or so copies of various Babymouse titles that we have on the shelf...
Ten minutes later:
Boy 1 (age 7. Very macho): Miss Jennie! I want that pink book that everyone else is reading!!!!
Me: tries very hard not to laugh
Sometimes, peer pressure is a force for good.
Also, I'm at Geek Buffet today, blogging about being an adult, your inner child, and the amount of sugary cereal in my pantry.
But, here's a book review:
Violet Bing and the Grand House by Jennifer Paros
Violet Bing does not like change, or things that are not exactly just so. As such, she has refused to go on vacation with her family and is shipped off to spend some time with her great-aunt Astrid instead.
When her aunt suggests that make some sandwiches and ride their bikes to the beach, Violet's reaction is typical:
Violet thinks she likes her sandwiches with white bread that is nice and soft. She likes them to have the smooth kind of peanut butter and not too much of it, and her jelly must be grape because sometimes strawberry as pieces of strawberry in it. And also, along with not being all that good at ride a bicycle, she can't swim because she does not want to put her face in the water. Putting her face in the water seems like a bad idea because you cannot breathe while your face is in the water.
And so Violet uses her catch-all excuse that she just doesn't have the time.
It's a nice little story about a getting a girl to try new things. Really though, it's Paros's illustrations that make the book for me. Line drawings, sometimes labeled, and Violet in her triangle dress add much to the enjoyment of this story.
And let's review another book:
Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid by Lemony Snicket
This is quite a nice little book of Snicket's bon mots. Kinda like a depressing Deep Thoughts. Or cross-stitch samplers for the demented.
As I'm sure you know, the key to good eavesdropping is not getting caught.
Labor Day is a holiday honoring those who work for a living. Laborious Day is a lesser known holiday honoring those who cannot stop talking about their work.
The way sadness works is one of the strangest riddles of the world.
A fun tie-in for fans of Snicket.