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Ho Ho, Kerumph!

Kabumpo in Oz, by Ruth Plumly Thompson – You get two Oz posts in a row this week, because I’ve finished rereading this book for its hundredth anniversary. Thompson’s second Oz book is a clear improvement over her first, and Kabumpo … Continue reading

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Quran So Far Away

I’ve now read through the Quran, mostly using this translation. I know it’s really only considered authentic in Arabic, but I can’t read that language. Discussing Islam can be kind of awkward, especially because the amount of Islamophobia in the … Continue reading

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The World Is a Very Scarry Place

I’ll occasionally see references to Richard Scarry on Twitter or some other site, and I can definitely remember growing up with his books. I’m sure a lot of people can; they’re just the sort of thing people give to kids. … Continue reading

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Mean Old Lions

Predator – This was something I thought I should see because of its cultural significance, and I did appreciate the mythology, but I felt too much of it was just a bunch of guys running around a jungle and firing … Continue reading

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If Wishes Were Streetcars

The Wish Express, by Ruth Plumly Thompson – This could essentially be considered the author’s first book, although it wasn’t published in that form during her lifetime. Before she took over the Oz series from L. Frank Baum, she serialized … Continue reading

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Boil, Fry, and Rostam

Having read this post on Tor the other day, I was inspired to look up more information on the legendary Persian hero Rostam, sometimes spelled Rustam. By searching on Google, I discovered that Rostam is also the name of a … Continue reading

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Umbo the Flying Elephant

The Umbrellaphant in Oz, by Carol P. Silva and Marin Elizabeth Xiques – This tale follows up on Captain Salt in Oz, and in fact the first two chapters are slightly rewritten excerpts from that book. Marcus Mebes’ Royal Explorers … Continue reading

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The Room in the Elephant

I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve had the desire for some time to visit Lucy the Elephant, a building on the shore in Margate, New Jersey. Beth had gone before, but I was doing something else that day. When … Continue reading

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Indra Goes Out

I don’t think I’ve yet devoted a post to Indra, the Hindu storm god and warrior. He was the leader of the gods and a great hero in the Rigvedas, but once the worship of the Trimurti came to dominate … Continue reading

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And Sometimes Why

They Might Be Giants, Why? – This is the band’s fifth children’s album, intended as a follow-up to their first of that sort, 2002’s No! The other three, produced by Disney, were topic-specific and intended primarily for young children. This … Continue reading

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