John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Random observatons…

…from a day spent in the children's section of the book store:

  • Best title I saw today: The Mona Mousa Code, part of the Geronimo Stilton series.
  • It seems that they've renumbered the Little House series somewhere along the way. Older editions of the books list Farmer Boy as the third book in the series, while the newest ones have it listed second. And while my memory is fuzzy, I seem to recall that it came seventh in the boxed set my sister used to have, right before These Happy Golden Years. Chronologically, it was the second book written, so I don't have a problem with it being listed second, but it strikes me as odd that they keep moving it around.
  • Incidentally, the Little House series has exploded in recent years. In addition to the original books, there are now auxiliary series featuring Laura's great-grandmother Martha, her grandmother Charlotte, her mother Caroline, and her daughter Rose. Not to mention new books about Laura herself. Being a boy, I don't have any particular emotional attachment to the Little House books, but I think that if I did, I would be bothered by these brand extensions.
  • Speaking of Laura Ingalls Wilder, I noticed that five of her books—On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prarie, and These Happy Golden Years—were named Newbery Honor Books. I wonder if she's the author who wrote the most Newbery Honor books without ever winning the Newbery Medal? Something to look into.
  • There's a newish series of books written by Terri Farley called The Phantom Stallion. Amazingly enough, she does not seem to be related to Walter Farley, who wrote the Black Stallion and Island Stallion novels. That's a pretty remarkable coincidence, if you ask me.
  • Here's a brilliant idea for a new TV series: a high school drama featuring Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Hey, if it worked for Clark Kent, why not for them? I'd watch it. (Of course, a Three Investogators series would be even better, but I'm not holding my breath for that one.
  • There are no fewer than seven different book series featuring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: New York Minute (original novels based on the movie of the same name), Starring In (adaptations of their early-00s direct-to-video movies), the New Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley (adaptations of their mid-90s direct-to-video movies), So Little Time (based on a TV series I'd never even heard of before today), Two of a Kind (based on their TV series of the same name), and Sweet Sixteen and Graduation Summer, which appear to be original novels about Mary-Kate and Ashley themselves, based on nothing in particular. Seems excessive to me, but they're the multi-millionaires, not me, so I guess they know what they're doing.

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