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

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

This isn’t the actual edition they sent, but I couldn’t find that one on Amazon, so I’m using this one as a stand-in.

For her tenth birthday, The Ten-Year-Old’s aunt and cousins sent her an Alice-in-Wonderland party in a box. When The Ten-Year-Old opened it up, she found two cousin-made chocolate chip cookies labeled “Eat Me,” a shelf-stable container of Horizon Organic Milk labeled “Drink Me,” a little pocket watch necklace labeled “Wear Me,” and of course, a lovely little edition of Alice in Wonderland so that she could learn what all that stuff was about.

Worked like a charm. She’s been reading and laughing her way through Alice in Wonderland all week.

Why The Ten-Year-Old thinks you’ll like it:
 “Totally madcap rant, and it’s so weird. I really like it. If you are looking to laugh, this is the place!”

Bonus: Remember this guy from the 2012 Dedham Public Art Project? SarahJane Cassie designed her white rabbit as a tribute to John Tenniel’s original version in Alice in Wonderland.

Ace the White Rabbit (c) 2012 SarahJane Cassie. (Photo: Michael Howell)

The Book of the Sith by Daniel Wallace


What the book’s about:
The Book of the Sith is a collection of Sith lore written by Sorzus Syn, Darth Malgus, Darth Bane, Mother Talzin, Darth Plagueis, and Darth Sidious. Stolen at some point by Jedi Knights, this edition contains the original Sith stories, along with handwritten notes in the margin by Darth Vader, Yoda, Mace Windu, and Luke Skywalker. The end result is an intriguing exploration of the dark side of the force. The Ten-Year-Old promises me that she is reading it purely for historical research purposes.

Why the Ten-Year-Old recommends it: “This book feels like it really was written by different people. The fonts are excellent. Great for anyone who likes Star Wars and wants little mini-stories. I warn you — you don’t get to see how Darth Malgus’ story begins or ends. You only get a ten-page snippet but those ten pages hold a lot of detail.”

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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, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-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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