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Archive for the day “December 4, 2017”

I Hate Froggy

Klara asked me to read her “Froggy Goes to the Library” book 5 times in a row today. I knew it was coming, of course, but I thought it wasn’t going to be until she’s four or five. I have no idea how she can sit through such a long and complex story at this age. And it doesn’t even rhyme. 

The worst part is that I don’t like Froggy. The story is about a little boy who is active and curious but everybody constantly screams him down and shames him for being a normal boy and not a creepy robot who sits still and speaks in a whisper.

I had no idea what the book was going to be like because I don’t know these characters. I still can’t tell Elmo from Curious George. (By the way, what’s up with Llama Llama’s father? Where is he? I’m starting to get horrible suspicions.) I only got Froggy because he was on sale. And now I know why.

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Upsell

At the bookstore coffeeshop, the poor baristas are so busy doing the endless upsell that they routinely forget to give you half of the things you ask for. And I only ever get two things, a coffee for me and a gingerbread man cookie for Klara. And have you tried asking a toddler to wait patiently for her gingerbread man? It’s not pretty.

I’d come to the bookstore a lot more often if I didn’t dread the multistage upsell.

What’s a Pinup Book?

Does anybody know what “a pinup book” is? Klara and I are giving a Christmas gift to a resident of a local retirement home, and he wants “mystery or romance books; pinup book.” I can provide mystery books by the ton but the second part of the request has me stumped. Amazon is not being helpful.

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