Books 276-280, Guest Post

Hello blissful blog buffs! I’m here to derail your schedule, or, if I’m not exaggerating, make you blink in confusion for a second or two before you realize that I am not SM and this is, in fact, a guest post. SM may even join you in this reaction, and hopefully will not follow up on that reaction in any way.


And, in the spirit of this guest post, we start things off with a repeat offender!



Mr. Gardner returns with his book October Light. I am pleased with the illustrator’s restraint in terms of resisting normal autumn themes here, such as trees, rakes, school buses, and ghouls. He conveys the season solely through the look of abject depression on the man’s face.


Mr. Gardner has decided to stick around today, and that leads us to Mickelsson’s Ghosts. While the title may have gotten me to read it by appealing to my love of unusual, but easy-to-pronounce names, the cover picture puts me off way too much. It looks like a Cabbage Patch Doll who has just met a Medusa, and you just know that they’re going to want you to root for the Cabbage Patch Doll.

This next book looks like an aged photo album that will be full of people I don’t recognize and very poorly labeled. The only thing this cover has going for it is that Marguerite de Angeli is a pretty cool name. Also, did anyone else start imagining a scenario in which we petition to change the spelling of “America”?


I’m fairly certain that the people on the cover of Happy Times in Finland are marionettes. Notice how their arms stick out, and the awkward angle of their feet. And if not that, the matching clothes are a dead giveaway. While I do not immediately think marionettes when I think Finland, since it is on a cover of a book, there must be a booming puppet industry over there.


And hey, we have both Finland and Amerika in this post. This makes it the nationalism entry!


We say goodbye as we said hello – with a repeat offender. Mr. Trudeau makes an appearance with a television show that will haunt my nightmares. You just know that thing is capable of murder.

SM, before you say anything, I just wanted to let you know that this was Phebe’s idea. Maybe I shouldn’t have listened to her after she’d eaten that many cat treats, but it’s too late now. As for you, readers, this has been Books on My Parent’s Shelves as hijacked by Ariana Morrow.
Thank you for joining me.

Before you ask,
ASM is my younger sister,
so technically
"Books on My Parents' Shelves"
counts for her, too.
You can read more of her writing here.

This is the first of two guest posts
in celebration
of something wonderful that is tomorrow.
Check back tomorrow
and Monday
for more awesomeness.

Happy Weekend!
— SM