Josephine's Dream Reading

Josephine's Dream Reading
Trying to look like Josephine Baker - and failing miserably!

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls
Conquering the Beast

Friday, December 18, 2009

Screaming Latkes!

I've had a change of heart. No, not a transplant. I've decided that under the right circumstances, eating the protagonist might not be so bad after all, especially if it's the latke hero in Lemony Snicket's book The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming. Why is the latke screaming? Well, first of all he's been cooked in oil, but second, and more importantly, he's been terribly misunderstood. Hanukkah and Christmas are both wonderful festivals, but they are DIFFERENT festivals, completely unrelated. The latke tries to explain this to any number of inanimate objects (animated for the story, of course) who have trouble understanding the difference between the two holidays. But by the end of the book we have learned that there's room in this world for every celebration, that being different from the majority is not a bad thing. Some people take an ax to a tree (ouch!), others use their teeth on a latke ..... 'Aaaaaaah!'
Laugh and learn - read something fun this holiday season. And enjoy yourselves.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

When the Main Character Becomes Dinner!!!

Is it just me, or is anyone else out there disturbed by stories like The Gingerbread Man and The Runaway Latke - seasonal tales in which the protagonist gets eaten?
Why not transform those stories into Pinocchio type tales, in which a little fairy comes along, whacks the cookie and the latke with her magic wand, and transforms them into children - even if those children smell suspiciously delicious!
Happy Holidays to Young Writers Everywhere.