Monday, January 25, 2010

Only funny if you've seen UP (but who hasn't?)

Good afternoon. My name is Ian. I am a Webelos-ranked Cub Scout and an aspiring Boy Scout with Troop 410. I spent my weekend, with my dad, running through the woods on covert operations, scaling trees in a harness, learning to light fires with no matches, and sleeping under the stars (no tent). Are you in need of any assistance?

Sure, buddy. I need your assistance. I want to participate in the challenge to compile the Top 100 Chapter Books of All Time, and I have to send in the list of my Top 10, RANKED (egads!), by January 31. How am I ever going to narrow my pile of gems down to ten? There's The Westing Game. And Bridge to Terabithia. The Penderwicks. Charlotte's Web. Trumpet of the Swan. The Hundred Dresses. The Mysterious Benedict Society. And let's not forget The Saturdays, all the Betsy-Tacy books, Caddie Woodlawn, Anne of Green Gables. What about Walk Two Moons? What about The Tale of Despereaux? And the more obscure Treasures of the Snow?

And how do I possibly rank them????? GAH! Why do I torture myself like this? And I just KNOW that at least one person is going to leave a comment offering up suggestions of a perfectly splendid book I've neglected to consider. (Right, guys?)

[Pauses to take three deep, cleansing breaths.]

On a much calmer note, I stumbled across a blog called Saints and Spinners, written by a storyteller and librarian who makes the most charming, to-die-for little felt dolls for storytelling or general imaginative play. If you have any children in your life, check them out!


Saints and Spinners said...

Oh you are so kind. Thank you, Hannah!

Louisa said...

assistance? sure! Can you show up on my doorstep in Anaheim at 6 am in, oh, 3 weeks?

on the subject of chapter books -
Walk Two Moons definitely belongs on there, pretty high up. As does Anne of Green Gables. and The Tale of Desperaux.
and... oh dear. this is tough. my condolences!

Sandra Stiles said...

I couldn't even begin to rank my favorite books. They are all my favorites. Today it is Unwind, tomorrow it may be Catching Fire

Amy said...

I guess I'm the only person who hasn't seen UP. I guess I need to rent it so I can be properly amused b y the first part of this post!

MotherReader said...

I just wrote my list down and am going to sleep on it before I submit it to be sure. I mean, not literally sleep on it. Anyway, what I find amusing is most of the books are not on your list and yet I was thinking that everyone is going to have this book listed. That's why the lists turn out so good - and interesting.

Jenni said...

LOVE the pic of Ian. That's priceless!