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Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for children's books.

I picked up a grown-up book at the library the other day. I had placed a hold on it, and there was a huge waiting list for it, so when it was finally my turn to read it, I was excited. Glowing NY Times review ... big displays at the bookstores ... bestseller status ...

I took it with me to my hair appointment Saturday (cut off about 2 1/2 inches, got color - yay!) and started reading while I was under the dryer.

The first 5 pages set up an interesting problem, but they were a prologue.

Then the book went away.

It turned its back on the prologue and started telling me a WHOLE BUNCH OF EXPOSITORY STUFF. Back story, long and involved money laundering details that I know I was supposed to care about, but didn't, and unwieldy chunks of blah-dom.

I read about 20 pages.

I flipped ahead in the book. It still looked boring.

I flipped ahead further. Still boring.

I closed the book. After my hair appointment, I walked over to the library and put the book in their return bin.

Then I came home and started another excellent children's book.

You can't bore kids. They won't allow you to become a bestseller if you bore them.


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Nov. 20th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Man, I so hear you. I think I'm going to have to drop out of the book club I'm in. I never read the books anymore. One, I have too many kids books in my TBR pile ALL the time and two, I hardly ever like them!
Nov. 20th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
You can't bore kids. They won't allow you to become a bestseller if you bore them.

I guess that makes me a kid at heart. :) I don't understand boring bestsellers. How does that happen?

I don't suppose you'll be willing to share the title of this book? Just so the rest of us don't waste our time? ;)
Nov. 21st, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
My sentiments EXACTLY. We write for the most discerning audience!
Nov. 22nd, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
I had so much more patience for boring books when I was younger, like in junior high and high school--I could actually read adult books! Now that I'm older and can't stand the boring stuff, it's all YA and MG books for me. ^_^
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