Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Through No Effort Of My Own I Have Acquired A 12 Cup Coffee Maker. This May Not Be Helping.

I can't do it, guys.  I seriously can. not. do. it.  I mean, sure, maybe before I loaded Ellie up in the car and drove a mile (ONE MILE, DUDES! THAT'S IT!) to the nearest Trader Joe's* I could have written the soul searching, hard hitting expose on lying parents and wrapping paper I had planned, but, now? There's no way.  All I can think about are two way streets made into one way streets because of parked cars but are really still two way streets, cutting off people driving in, what I thought, was a dedicated the bike lane, six way intersections regulated by stop signs where pedestrians have the right of way and there is always someone crossing one of the streets messing up any type of turning order I thought I figured out, Siri, or whoever it is who lives in my cars' GPS, spewing out directions like, "Turn right here" when I'm  not only in the middle of an intersection but also in the left hand lane, and, me, hands clamped to the wheel, eyes wide and darting from side to side, Ellie in the back seat yelling things like, "Mommy! Look! Look! Over there! I see an E! There's an E in my name! Mommy! Mommy! Why did the pumpkin cross the road? Because he's a roller bowler! Ha! Ha! Is that funny, Mommy? Is it?" while a small rivulet of mucus drips from my still stuffed up nose and I whimper, "I can't do it.  I can't.  I didn't play video games when I was a kid.  I don't have the reflexes to compete with you all."

So, instead, this week's blog post comes with a contest!  That I put together at the nearby park.  That I can walk to.

So, grab your seasonal mug of pumpkin flavoring, curl up with your coziest blanket, and see how many children's books you can identify from these 12 statues that are scattered around the perimeter of my neighborhood playground!

To enter, just list your guesses in the comments below! The person with the most correct answers will win bragging rights among children's librarians and elementary bookworms alike! A box of macaroni and cheese! And! A random pumpkin flavored product, because, Trader Joe's has found my seasonal kryptonite.

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Or: The Easy One

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Or: Good Dog!

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Or: Stilts, Like High Heels, But More Practical

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Or: Insert A Dr. Who Reference Here, But I Don't Watch Dr. Who So I Won't

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Or: Choo! Choo!

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Or: Toot! Toot! (And all the preschoolers giggled!)

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Or: Tall House

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Or: Reach For The Stars, Unless You're Really Hungry Then Just Reach For An Apple

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Or: A Dear Doggie! Said Dora, Daughter Of Duke David

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Or: Not Held Up By Helium

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Or: Count Them! One! Two! Three! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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Or: If I Had Wings No One Would Ask Me Could I  Fly
Now, you may be wondering if this is a really real type of contest, and, since I just used the term "really real" who can blame you, and if so you wouldn't be the first because I wrote a whole blog post about that once. You can find it here. 

*Because marketing works, stupid Fearless Flyer writers.


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  2. So I got Snow White, and the Little Engine that Could, and that one about the tugboat, but I can't remember its name. Do I win?

  3. I may or may not have made done of these up...
    1. Snow White
    2. Old Yeller
    3. Help! My Stilt Shoes are Malfunctioning!
    4. The Adventures of Robot Dude and the Banana Peel of Death
    5. The Little Engine that Could
    6. Tommy the Tugboat Toots (haha) His Horn
    7. Madeline
    8. The Giving Tree
    9. Don't Feed the Dragon, He's Already Full
    10. Around the World in 80 Days
    11. Batty Batty Batty Bat. Bat.
    12. Newman.

    And, hooky cow, they make pumpkin butter? ? Thank goodness we're getting a Trader Joe's in Boise!

  4. I think the tugboat one is called Scuffy the Tugboat, how about Voyage of the Dawn Treader for the Dragon, and I agree with Madeline on number 7 and Around the World in 80 Days for number 10 (is that a children's story?) but I will concede to Beth on the rest. Great answers, Becca and Beth :-)

  5. (without looking at the other comments)
    1. James and the Giant Peach
    2. One Dog and His Boy (Eva Ibbotson -- totally great read and a Happy Ending, which is unusual for a dog-boy story) (unlike Big Red and Ol Yeller -- of course the dog is not named for a color, and maybe the color label is like the red shirt in Star Trek ...)
    3. ..... ummm If I Ran the Circus -- Seuss.... Or Circus Shoes -- Streatfeild
    4. .... My robot Buddy ... The Iron Giant ...
    5. Tootle (Little Golden Book -- stay on the rails no matter what!) Because clearly it can't be the little engine that could because that little engine is Blue. How about the RAilway Children (Nesbit) since the Boxcar children lived in, well, a Boxcar
    6. Scuffy the Tugboat (also Little Golden -- ) ... or Little Toot from the Disney cartoon sung by the Andrews sisters
    7. Madeline
    8. ... Anne of Green Gables (since Diana lived at Orchard Slope)? Or An Oldfashioned Girl (Alcott) because of the incident Grandmother tells about picking plums?
    9. Last of the Dragons (Nesbit) REluctant Dragon (Grahame) DEaling with Dragons (Wrede)
    10. .... Great Escape ???
    11. Stellaluna (which I have seen but not read)
    12. Poe's Raven says, "nevermore!" MacDonald has a raven in the opening chapter of Phantastes (or maybe Lilith?) but those aren't really children's stories. OOOH!!! I got it -- Sallowpad the Raven from The Horse and His Boy. CSL trumps it all!!!!!!