Thursday, April 27, 2006

Blasted Contraption!

Today was the used book fair at the boys' school. This is a day they greatly anticipate. First, we begin by cleaning house on all the books they no longer read, and for every ten books they bring in, the boys get a $1 credit towards another book purchase.

We took in 200 books, and the boys each earned a $10 credit. So, out with the old and in with the new. Luke chose a real cheese-log of a book called Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. I don't know why someone would want to get rid of this!

It's a quasi-comic book, which I have later learned is called a "graphic novel." The cover is like a regular paperback, but otherwise, it's just a comic book inside without advertisements.

The book is filled with voluptuous babes, big guns, and cheesy macho role models. The dialog is trite and overdone. This is perfect dreck for Luke. He lops this stuff up like I do sausage gravy. As a parent, I have to say, "Hey, at least he's reading!"

To give you a sample of the literary (ahem) content within its pages, here's one of the fine captions:

What did Eddie choose? Is it any surprise that Eddie chose more academic titles--geography and culture books on Canada, Germany, Japan, China, and one about U.S. National Parks?

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