Daydreams for Night by John Southworth and David Ouimet (illustrations)

Hardcover, 48 pages Published September 1st 2014 by Simply Read Books Source: Publisher Before I talk about the contents of this book, a shout out to the book designer Naomi MacDougall because this book is beautiful. Observe: The cover, once again: Without the dust jacket: The end pages: The interior …

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 …

Light-hearted short stories

Short stories in high school anthologies tended toward the bleak. Nothing was resolved, nothing quite made sense, and everyone was unhappy in a sort of run-down, hopeless way. I was not fond of short stories. There were a few exceptions: Budge Wilson’s “The Metaphor” was a bright light, bleak, yes, …

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 …