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Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

Currently reading

Winter's Tales
Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Already Dead
Charlie Huston
The Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton
Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back
Thom Hartmann
The City, Not Long After
Pat Murphy
You Can Sketch: A Step-by-Step Guide for Absolute Beginners
Jackie Simmonds
Lonely Werewolf Girl
Martin Millar
Katie Loves the Kittens - John Himmelman Katie doesn't mean to scare the kittens -- she LOVES them. She loves them soooo much that she cannot control her excitement, which she naturally expresses by barking and howling and leaping all over, sending the tiny newcomers flying in terror. Then Katie gets scolded and sent out of the room. Poor, sad Katie!

Himmelman's illustrations are perfect. Katie's face and body language are so expressive.

I also like it because it reminds me of the little dog who lives next door and how she SO BADLY wants to be friends with my cat. She has dug a little trench under the fence to watch him, and when she sees him she'll try to be quiet and motionless (you can see her tail going like a metronome between the fence slats) and he will slowly, slowly approach her and every time he gets close she becomes unable to contain her excitement any longer and starts barking. Then he gets scared and runs away, so she never gets to sniff or lick him like she wants to.

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Poor Sarah.

[Edit: Now there is a cartoon of this book! I didn't like it as much as the book -- the reader's voice is kind of annoying to me -- but maybe some of you have kids who would enjoy it. Here's a clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uvD4fJZJvJM]