Saturday, January 14, 2006

How am I Supposed to Answer That?

Aunt comes in with her second grade niece looking for cat books. I grab Lloyd Alexander's The Cat Who Wished to be a Man and another fantasy book.

Aunt asks, "Are they scary, like the Harry Potter books?"

Um, huh? Does she mean the first Harry Potter books, the only ones of remotely comparable size? Or does she somehow think a barely 200 page kid's novel is going to scare her precious little niece the way the graveyard scene in Goblet of Fire would?

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