The Six-Year-Old wins another round

TowerTreasureCoverOn a recent Saturday afternoon, The Six-Year-Old and her father were tucked up on our couch reading The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys #1) by Franklin W. Dixon. When he reached the end of the chapter, Daddyo closed the book and set it aside.

The Six-Year-Old, desperately: “Keep reading! You can’t leave Joe like this!”

Daddyo, practically: “I’m about to run out of motivation to do the dishes. I need to seize the opportunity to get up and do it while I still can.”

The Six-Year-Old, seriously: “You need to seize the opportunity to sit.”

Outcome, which will surprise exactly no one: Daddyo read another chapter.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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6 Responses to The Six-Year-Old wins another round

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    You picked the cover from one of the original 1930’s versions, when they were written the best. I’d lose my motivation also. Then I’d eventually do the dishes anyway, or at least load the dishwasher!


    • Shala Howell says:

      My husband picked up a bunch of old Hardy Boys from eBay over the summer. The collection includes books written in every decade from the twenties to the sixties. He has mostly read the older ones with The Six Year Old so far, with one exception. #7 death game is from the eighties and judging from the Six Year Old’s reaction to it I’d say she agrees with you. She kept criticizing it for various inaccuracies–Chet’s jalopy is the wrong color, the flashbacks to previous mysteries had the Hardy Boys searching for the wrong stuff etc. it’s kind of fun to see how the series evolved with the rewrites, though.


      • rayworth1973 says:

        In many cases, the rewrites politically corrected the fun right out of many of the stories because they were so afraid of offending someone. Maybe they would’ve but it still made the stories suck.


      • Shala Howell says:

        It’s a shame to rewrite the books instead of having the conversations straight out about the differences time and place make in a person’s point of view.


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