Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond with Illustrations by Dave McKean
New books came into the department yesterday so, of course, I sat at the desk and leafed through a…
This tree grew from the seeds of a poisoned apple, you know, so I’ve never tried one, but a few weeks ago I saw a strange thing. A family of raccoons came out in the middle of the night and started eating those apples. I watched them, followed them to their den, and they didn’t die. They didn’t even seem sick. So I thought those apples aren’t poisonous for raccoons. But I kept watching the tree and a week later I saw some squirrels gnawing at the apples, and they didn’t get sick either. So you know what else I thought? Maybe those apples aren’t really poisonous at all. Maybe poison doesn’t have to grow from poison. Not always. This tree, I think just maybe it grew the way it wanted to grow. Those seeds, they were stronger than the magic.
You humans always talk about magic and destiny like it’s the most powerful thing in the world. Like it controls you.
I guess it does if you want it to. Maybe it does other humans, but you, Rump? You were born with magic. I can smell it stronger on you than any magical object I’ve ever found, even stronger than this tree.
It’s the people who cause the trouble, Rump. Not the magic itself. If you’re so full of magic, why should you be helpless?
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
This has become my favorite children’s book.
“The world belongs to you. And you belong to the world,” begins Riccardo Bozzi’s minimalistic children’s book (illustrations by Olimpia Zagnoli). I stood there in the children’s department at Barnes & Noble holding the current generation’s The Giving Tree
Still looking for suggested religious material to read. Any religion. I’m making religion my 2011 book theme. I want at least half the books I read next year to be based around religion. Gnostic texts, Canonical scriptures, Pagan, Atheist/Agnostic, Buddhist, Hindu, etc., I want to read it. It can be written by the ancients, scholars or nutjobs who think the end is neigh. Even books of literature - The Divine Comedy and the like - historical, philosophical and sociological/psychological.
I already have a list of what I’m thinking so far. And, also, don’t be blunt and just say the Bible, because that’s annoying. There are certain texts in the book that are worth reading and some that are just pointless. Also, it’s too long and I don’t want to waste my time on just one book.
Thanks for the help in advance :)