Category Archives: Nursery Rhymes

I Spy a May Queen

I knew as a kid that the first of May was May Day, but it’s not something I ever celebrated. I don’t think it’s that big in the States, or at least not the part where I lived. The Wikipedia page … Continue reading

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Goodness Makes the Badness Go Away

Babes in Toyland (1961) – My friend Jared Davis actually wrote about a whole bunch of different adaptations of this story, and how they differ, so you might want to check that out for some additional details and opinions. It … Continue reading

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Increase Your Word Power

There’s an article in the newest Baum Bugle, which isn’t yet available in physical form, about the magic word from The Magic of Oz, discussed in the context of magic words in the series and other fiction. The writer, Dennis … Continue reading

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Damp, Dark, Dusky Dungeons

There are some significant SPOILERS for all three of the films I talk about here, so don’t say I didn’t warn you! The Descent – Beth had seen this before, but she wanted to show it to me because it’s … Continue reading

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Oh, What a Joy for Every Girl and Boy

Back in September, my friend Amy wrote a post on the Beatles’ Abbey Road in honor of its fiftieth anniversary. I had meant to write some kind of reply, but I never got around to it, so I’m doing so … Continue reading

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Let Us Contemplate the Sadness of a Banjo-Playing Frog

One thing I noticed in the book Yama Yama Land, by Grace Duffie Boylan, was a reference to a giant frog playing a tennis racquet like a banjo. Picture by Edgar Keller So what’s the connection between frogs and banjos? … Continue reading

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A Koschei Deal

Her Majesty’s Wizard, by Christopher Stasheff – I saw this book on a list of recommendations somewhere, and I didn’t realize at the time that the author had just died in June. This is the first book of the Wizard … Continue reading

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Playing with the Queen of Hearts

Heartless, by Marissa Meyer – The author of the Lunar Chronicles turns her attention to the work of Lewis Carroll, presenting the back story of the infamous Queen of Hearts. The book explains why the Mad Hatter and March Hare … Continue reading

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Throwing the Books at You

The Last Adventure of Constance Verity, by A. Lee Martinez – I haven’t read all of Martinez’ books, but I believe each one takes place in a different universe, at least as far as we know. He definitely has a … Continue reading

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A Child’s Garden of Curses

While children’s media obviously tend not to contain many actual curse words, characters in them do often use milder swears. Sometimes they’re as simple as minced oaths like “darn” and “heck,” but other writers get much more creative. I’m sure … Continue reading

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