Category Archives: Nursery Rhymes

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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Riddle Me This

When I first came across the term “riddles,” it was most likely referring to what you find in kids’ joke books, specifically puns or other simple jokes presented in question-and-answer format. You know, the “When is a door not a … Continue reading

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I Like Bouncing

There’s an archive of the Billy Bounce comic strip at Barnacle Press. I don’t think all of the strips are there, and some of the scans are of poor quality, but it’s definitely worth a look. The comic is notable … Continue reading

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It’s an Egg’s Life

Of all the strange and oddly named characters in nursery rhymes, one of the most famous has to be Humpty Dumpty, perhaps the first egg to receive a name. Versions of the poem date back to at least 1797, and … Continue reading

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Foster Children in Fairyland

Time for some Oz-related reviews! First of all, the International Wizard of Oz Club (I need to renew my membership in that, don’t I?) is offering an insert for Gina Wickwar’s Toto of Oz. It involves Button-Bright accidentally bringing a … Continue reading

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