Monthly Archives: September 2008

Spiderman teams up with Rorschach to defeat Voldemort and the Wicked Witch of the West

I’m not sure who it was- the British minister of education, perhaps, who announced that reluctant readers, most of whom are boys, should be encouraged to read Dickens rather than comic books. Now, I love Dickens and I even quite … Continue reading

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PLANET EARTH

Just finished watching David Attenborough’s excellent dvd series “Planet Earth” for the third time. I have been a fan of his since I was a kid. I used to watch him on television and take notes, and my copy of … Continue reading

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RAISING GOOD KIDS WITH BOOKS

I’ve often wondered- even before I had my own kids- about where people get their goodness from. Their innate goodness I mean, the moral fiber, not learned behavior like not belching in public and not taking the biggest slice of … Continue reading

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POODLERAT CONTEST

HI EVERYONE! JUST WANTED TO REMIND YOU THAT THE POODLERAT DRAWING CONTEST ENDS ON SEPTEMBER 30TH 2008. THE GRAND PRIZE IS A COPY OF THE SPIDERWICK DVD, AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF “THE CURIOUS MISADVENTURES OF FELTUS OVALTON”, A COPY OF … Continue reading

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MANTRAS AND MAGICAL THINKING

Being a writer is not the most secure of pursuits and I’m not even talking about emotionally (we’re not flogging that old horse again!) I’m talking about the cash, the lucre, the livelihood. It’s a slippery slope, trying to juggle … Continue reading

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DON’T FORGET…THE POODLERAT CONTEST!!!!

IT ENDS ON SEPTEMBER 30TH 2008 SO SEND YOUR ENTRIES IN NOW. ALL ENTRIES WILL RECEIVE A SPECIAL PRIZE. SO GET TO DRAWING AND SEND THOSE FABULOUS PORTRAITS TO: POODLERAT CONTEST 202 TINKER STREET WOODSTOCK, NY 12498 -JO //////////////////////////////////////////////

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THE POWER OF FLIGHT, CHICKEN POX AND PLATYPUSES

Winston, the toad (All apologies to the creature in question but he is a toad, although he prefers to be referred to as Winston, Bufo Horribilis Magnificus which I will endeavor to remember in the future but it’s a mouthful … Continue reading

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AGE-BANDING UPDATE

Got the best news this week! My mother sent me a newspaper clipping from England. I’ve included it below. Age-Banding, in case you don’t know, is a motion proposed by a group of big publishers to include banners in the … Continue reading

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