J.K. Rowling's Torturous Short Stories

“There are celebrities – and then there are celebrities.” – J.K. Rowling as Rita Skeeter in the Harry Potter Sequel, “Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final”   If there’s one thing J.K. Rowling not only seems to really love to do, but is also exceptionally good at, it’s …

Five Days with Shaun Tan – Day Five: Rules of Summer

“Never break the rules. Especially if you don’t understand them.” –       Shaun Tan, Rules of Summer   Congratulations! You have made it to the fifth and final day of “Five Days with Shaun Tan!” If you are a university student like me, then it doesn’t actually matter that today is …

Five Days with Shaun Tan – Day Four: Tales from Outer Suburbia

“whenever we had followed his pointy hoof we’d always been surprised, relieved, and delighted at what we’d found. And every time we’d said exactly the same thing – ‘How did he know?’” – Shaun Tan, from “The Water Buffalo” in Tales from Outer Suburbia   If I had to say …

Five Days with Shaun Tan – Day Three: The Arrival

Welcome! You have just arrived at day three of The Book Wars’ “Five Days with Shaun Tan.” These past two days we have looked at two picture books with characters that have lost their way. In The Lost Thing (2000), the protagonist finds a creature that is literally lost, and …