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Two Observations about Books

I'm missing MotherReader's 48 Hour Book Challenge this weekend. I feel a bit left out, and I swear that next year I'm not letting anything get in my way. But I'm visiting my oldest friend and her family this weekend (and it had to be this weekend because of a larger family event). Although hanging with the family isn't leaving me a ton of reading time, it's been a real gift to spend time with them (since we live far apart). But I did have a couple of book-related observations that I wanted to share with you.

  1. Reviewing picture books has actually made it MORE difficult for me to buy picture books as gifts, at least at the large chain stores. I was in Barnes and Noble the other day, looking for one more book, in addition to the ones that I had brought from home, for a four-year old girl. And it seemed like more than half the books in the picture book section were "classic" titles that were around during my own childhood. Not that there's anything wrong with classics, but this made it difficult to pick something that I could be sure she didn't already have. And most of the books that I know and love from reviewing and blogs were nowhere to be found. Where was Scaredy Squirrel? Where was A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes? Where was The Pink Refrigerator? Where were Hugo and Miles? Where was Rainstorm? I couldn't find any of them. This made me sad. I ended up buying The Library Lion, and I like that one, but I missed the others.
  2. The other thing I've realized is that having the Kidlitosphere as a frame of reference is no guarantee that people in the real world will understand what I'm talking about. Yesterday I stopped at a store, while wearing my oh-so-cool Hunters of Artemis shirt (from Rick Riordan, part of the Titan's Curse book tour). So the checkout guy at the store asked me who Artemis was. I said: The Goddess of the Hunt." He said: "Oh, like Sadie Hawkins". I said: "No, she actually swore off men, so it would be more like the opposite of Sadie Hawkins." He said: "Well, if she swore off men, what does she hunt?". And I just don't think he understood when I said "Monsters". Any more than I understood women on the "hunt" for men.

Happy reading to all!

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