• books

    Monstrousness is in the Eye of the Beholder: thoughts on two children’s books.

    What do you end up with when you make a mistake following the recipe for a monster? My children and I have found two library books both involving similar plot twists, both delightfully funny with a fair dose of shadenfreude. We laugh at the character’s misery, for the characters are miserable not because bad things happen to them but because good things have. They are mixed up stories. Hilda and the Mad Scientist by Addie Adam with pictures by Lisa Thiesing. Hilda loves to help out. She goes where she’s needed and stays till she’s not. Of course she doesn’t realize that she is definitely not needed at the Dr.…

  • crafts,  homeschooling

    Halloween Witches Play Brew & Monsters in Boxes

    Halloween is coming and the children are begging for a Halloween party. I don’t think we’re up to having one this year, but we’ve been revisiting some of the games and activities we did last year. Last year I dug out my old cauldron (really a painted flowerpot a friend made for me at a ceramics class years and years ago), and I let the kids at the party make a play witches brew. Inspiration had come from reading Shakespeare and the children’s favorite verses from MacBeth. I can’t remember what all ingredients we used, but here are my suggestions for anyone interested in trying it:   – mix cream of…