Saturday, December 22, 2007

people are strange

Two odd things have come my way in the past week. One is an ad for a "simplified" Alice in Wonderland, which apparently we need because: "The original Alice in Wonderland is too difficult for children to read so parents usually read it to them. This volume solves that problem."

Parents reading to their children. Truly, a problem crying out for a solution.

The other I could barely read through the massive layers of html text, but it appeared to be an ad for a tool allowing parents to block websites during Shabbat.

I find myself thinking of the phrase on MotherReader's blog, about good children's literature lying somewhere between unbearable grief and a flatulent dog.

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Blogger MotherReader bligged...

Maybe the phrase will catch on far and wide. That's what I live for.

I had to speak to your Alice in Wonderland thing because I was asked just recently if there was maybe a picture book version of the story for younger readers. I looked in the catalog, praying that I'd be correct and that there wasn't. The mom seemed horrified that there wasn't something for her little girl to digest right now - "like a pop-up book, isn't there a pop-up book?" I replied, that there may be one, but not at this library. And then I took two Advil.

12/22/2007 11:01 AM  

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