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Updates: For those interested, I've updated Reading Lord of the Rings...The Final Attempt. Also, Bill Sutton has updated his column, Another QuarterNote Heard From.

Nearly finished packing for the cottage. The most difficult part is deciding what books to bring. It's going to be difficult being without Gwyneth Paltrow for three weeks, but I'm bringing the Therese Honey harp CD that Tom Jeffers gave me for my birthday. Also bringing my guitar and a pile of manuscript paper. :-)

Beckett pointed out in Blatherchat that "oobleck" is a Dr. Seuss word. She looked up the Amazon blurb for Bartholomew and the Oobleck:

"Bartholomew Cubbins serves thanklessly as pageboy to King Derwin of Didd, a headstrong man who's decided he isn't satisfied with mere sun, fog, rain, and snow. ('Humph! The things that come down from my sky!') He wants something else, something uniquely his own, so he calls in his royal magicians ("Shuffle, duffle, muzzle, muff. Fista, wista, mista-cuff. We are men of groans and howls, mystic men who eat boiled owls"). Happy to oblige, the magicians tell the king they can make 'oobleck' fall from the sky, only nobody--not even the magicians--knows just what oobleck is. But after a night of arcane incantations, everyone in the kingdom gets a taste of the stuff (in the case of the Captain of the Guard, literally!), as the green, gluey goo gums up everything in sight. Of course, Bartholomew tries to help, but it's up to the king to save the day, as he learns to utter not magic words but simple words with magic in them: 'I'm sorry.'"

I've never heard of this book before...I had only read The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. My favourite Dr. Seuss book was Horton Hears A Who, mainly because I found the whole idea of a world being within a world being within a world fascinating. Hm. Sounds a lot like an sf plot, doesn't it?

What were your favourite picture books as a child? You can post your answer in Blatherchat.

I add "as a child" because I'm sure if I asked you what your current faves were, you'd all pick my sister's books, right? :-)

Today's Blatherpics:

- Mimi's restaurant, where we had brunch on Sunday.

- Parki, Jeff, Lindsay, and Wendy.

- Part of the window display at Mimi's.

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Amuse-o-Matic Songs. "Be a depressed, rich songwriter!" Just fill in the blanks, and lyrics are automatically generated. If you have time to waste, it's definitely worth checking out the rest of (a.k.a. "Centre For The Easily Amused").


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