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

Fearsome Creatures of the Lumber Woods by Hal Johnson

I confess, I was surprised to see The Ten-Year-Old whip out a book of horror stories this week. But I suppose it is the season for telling scary stories around a campfire, and these stories are tailor-made for that. Scary but not too scary, if you know what I mean. These creatures have plenty of scary teeth and claws, but they also tend to snack on things like your shadow, and not, say, your foot.

Based on a collection of tales originally published by William Thomas Cox in 1910, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods echoes an America gone by, when the woods were large and lumbering and full of shadows for unknown beasts to lurk in.

Why The Ten-Year-Old thinks you’ll like it: “Even though it’s in the nonfiction section at my library, it reads like fiction and is totally hilarious. The animals they describe could never happen. It’s written in first person from the guy who’s researching these things. It leaves you with some questions, so you want to read more. The only bad thing about it was the recurring joke about French people, which I don’t even understand.”

So, what stories are you sharing around your campfire this summer?

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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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