Ugly Fish by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Scott Magoon (2006), is probably the most horrifying book I’ve come across so far, in my quest to provide social critiques of children’s books. I would summarize the basic plot of the book here, but I think I want you to read the plot as I provide my […]Read more "Ugly Fish by Kara LaReau"
A couple of my co-workers don’t like it when I start to flip through a children’s book. “Oh no,” one has taken to saying whenever I crack one open. “You’re not going to ruin that one for me. I don’t want to hear it.” Another helpfully handed me a book (adult non-fiction) about clouds. “Here’s […]Read more "Why Providing Cultural Critiques of Children’s Books Matters"
Last year, co-worker, who came to work still tipsy from the night before, asked me if I drank. What she was really asking is do you get drunk? This co-worker frequently came to work after long nights of drinking or dancing or both. She often had a large mug of coffee, and because we performed […]Read more "Alcoholism and American Culture"
I read for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange over the weekend — a chromeopoem that’s been around for decades — it was written in the mid-70s and has bee performed on a number of stages. Despite this, and the fact that the book has been around since […]Read more "for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange"
Okay, so normally, under my revamped version of this blog, I’ll write about children’s books (or at least juvenile/YA books). Or, I’ll write a piece about important news (and, in fact, the desire to write about Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman (2012) is inspired by the outcome of the Stubenville Trial). One thing I want to […]Read more "Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman"