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

The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups by David Wisniewski

The Ten-Year-Old doesn’t want me reading this book. Apparently the stash of secret knowledge it gave her about the reasons why grown-ups make up all those rules is too important to share with me. So you’ll just have to take her word for why you should read this book.

Why The Ten-Year-Old thinks kids should read this book: “I liked that it was hilarious and had hilarious explanations for these normal rules. One of the rules doesn’t affect me, but it still made me laugh. I liked the way it described vegetables as gigantic carnivores that ate people, so people had to start killing the veggies and turning them into salad. Then people learned they liked salad, and so now we have to eat it. I also like the rule about the cows, but you’ll have to read that one for yourself.”

Muse Magazine by Cricket Media

This monthly magazine appears to be written by grown-ups nearly as curious about the world as The Ten-Year-Old is. Each issue answers questions like “what’s a gentleman lady bug called?” and “do video games really kill brain cells?”

What The Ten-Year-Old likes about it:

“I really like the cartoons. I also really like the pages where kids can write in about stuff. Most of the time the questions are things like whether mealworms eat styrofoam, which apparently they can do. I also like the news page, where one of the news stories is fake and the rest are true. At the end of it they tell you which one was the fake one. Sometimes I can tell while reading it which one will be fake, but sometimes the write-ups are so good I can’t.”

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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