In which dancing breaks out

The Eight-Year-Old, celebrating the arrival of her new Calvin & Hobbes box set. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The Eight-Year-Old, celebrating the arrival of her new Calvin & Hobbes box set. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The Eight-Year-Old, after receiving the The Complete Calvin & Hobbes box set on a recent birthday: “Calvin and Hobbes! I got Calvin and Hobbes! I’ve struck gold! This is better than playing Calvinball in the house! C’mon, Tigery, we’ve got to celebrate!”

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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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4 Responses to In which dancing breaks out

  1. bobraxton says:

    loving Hobbes and Calvin – we have a few of the books


    • Shala Howell says:

      We obviously love it too. The 8YO is constantly coming out with random facts about the world at large, and when we ask her where she learned whatever it was, the answer is more often than I would have expected Calvin and Hobbes.


  2. rayworth1973 says:

    Geez, she was just six when I started following you, I think…


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