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Goodnight Dune

I like this mashup of Dune by Frank Herbert and Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. I feel so fashionable when I use words like “mashup.”

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Childbirth in literature

There is a very interesting blog post over at Guardian Books Online. It concerns how authors have portrayed childbirth in literature – the writer is about to find out for real and I can assure her that books and authors will be the last thing on her mind during this process. Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Laurence […]

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Hermione Granger: No.1 dream teenage date

The Daily Telegraph has a story about a poll that reveals Hermione from the Harry Potter books is the most popular fictional dream date for British teenagers. It’s a powder puff PR poll done by the World Book Day people and doesn’t really tell the story about why Hermione Granger is so appealing to many […]

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Lisa Simpson Book Club

I recommend visiting the Lisa Simpson Book Club and catching up on all those literary references and gags from The Simpsons. “Well, I think we should invest in a set of The Great Books Of Western Civilization. Look at this ad from The New Republic For Kids: Each month, a new classic will be delivered […]

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The Berenstain Bears are 50 years old

The Washington Post celebrates 50 years of the Berenstain Bears books. As a parent of two girls, I can only say that I detest these books. I know I shouldn’t say awful things about a series of children’s books that mean well but why do they preach about what is right and wrong all the […]

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The magic of Edward Eager

Thanks to all the folks who made suggestions for our next bedtime read in my household. Of all the suggestions, I like the idea of Artemis Fowl, Harriet the Spy and Brian Jacques’ Redwall series. In the end, our neighbours came to our assistance. They have just retired and brought over a bag of books […]

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Our Harry Potter Reading Odyssey Ends

It was a momentous evening in our household last night. I finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to my eldest daughter. That’s it. It’s all over. All seven books, read out loud at bedtime over the past 18 months or so. Apart of a few nights here and there when I was out […]

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother sparks parenting row

Excellent, our first bookish controversy of 2011. The Barney Rubble is all about Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, an autobiographical study of why western parents are crap at bringing up kids, written by Yale law professor Amy Chua. Sadly, Amy Chua called one of her two daughters Lulu so she is obviously off her […]

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Books about Prince William & Kate Middleton

Stand by your beds for a lot of books about ‘Princess’ Kate Middleton, the commoner (although she does have millionaire parents) who is going to marry Prince William. Poor old Katie Nicholl, a royal reporter, got it so wrong by just bringing out her book William and Harry. Who’s going to care about Harry in […]

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Top 10 stories about sisters

I have two daughters. One four, the other eight. They’re already starting to fight like cat and dog. I particularly like it when the eight-year-old reads to the four-year-old at bedtime and I go and make a cup of tea. Author Cathy Cassidy lists her top 10 stories about sisters at The Guardian. Dear Lord, […]

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