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Book & Me, Week 4

In case you missed them, here is the fourth batch of entries in Charise Mericle Harper’s original “Book & Me” comics series: #15: Greatness can be overwhelming. (Especially other people’s.) #16: Some (possibly questionable) advice on maximizing productivity #17: The care and feeding of new book ideas #18: Breakfast and book inspiration Stay tuned for […]

Transformers: Merlin and Me…Thirteen Books Later

On a cold Colorado night twenty-one years ago, I woke up suddenly. A vivid dream had possessed me — a dream of a boy, half drowned and only barely alive, who had washed up on the shore of a strange land. He had no memory, no idea who he was. But he did have something […]

Book & Me | Comic #18

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Book & Me | Comic #17

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Book & Me | Comic #16

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Book & Me | Comic #15

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Book & Me, Week 3

In case you missed them, here is the third batch of entries in Charise Mericle Harper’s original “Book & Me” comics series: #10: On productivity and the “dark forces of distraction” #11: Book’s stealth marketing scheme #12: Book believes in positive reinforcement #13: Gimme a B! Gimme an O! Gimme and O! Gimme a K! […]

Transformers: What Fairy Tales Tell

I don’t retell fairy tales. They retell me. Over and over again they tell me who I am, how I feel, what I believe. This process of self-discovery happens every time I write a poem, but it seems to happen most acutely when I throw on Red Riding Hood’s cloak or pull up a chair […]

Book & Me | Comic #14

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What Makes a Good Fractured Fairy Tale?

Primary school–age children are ripe for enjoying literary parody, and fractured fairy tales are a great introduction. By this time, 
ideally at least, kids have listened to or read many of the classic old tales: “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” et al. It’s that familiarity with the original that makes reading or […]