What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

Our once-again-mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Eight-Year-Old reads a lot of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and buries my inbox in animal stories. 

A sampling of this week’s books:

At the height of the summer, The Eight-Year-Old discovered Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle in a used book store near Canandaigua Lake, New York. For those of you not familiar with the series, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle specializes in magically silly cures for Answer-Backers, Never-Want-to-Go-to-Bedders, and bored children afflicted with a terrible case of the dreaded Waddle-I-Do disease. I loved the books as a child, and it was great fun to hear The Eight-Year-Old chortle her way through them too.

In the news:

The Eight-Year-Old’s least favorite part of summer is the part where Mommyo takes time off from Caterpickles. When Caterpickles is offline, The Eight-Year-Old can’t share fun news stories like this:

Real-life Bambi and Thumper frolic around Estes Park YMCA (9News)

or this:

Japan just created a Google street view for cats (Vox)

or this:

Hey Internet! Japan actually has eleven cat islands (Quartz)

or this:

Disneyland finds balance with feral cats (Alley Cat Allies)

or this:

Buzz Aldrin proves the government has a form for everything (Gizmodo)

(Ok, that last one came from Daddyo.)

Fortunately, I’m back, so now she/he/we can.

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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 Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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2 Responses to What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

  1. Sheila says:

    I loved Miss Piggle-Wiggle too.


  2. Ah, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Some of my favorite books from childhood. We still have them! My sister reads them, and now that you mentioned them, I should pull them out myself. I always loved the one where the boy didn’t want to wash so radishes sprouted out of his skin…. So good. Hilarious fun.


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