Books 721-725


it's a new year.

My resolution:

to get back to my own writing,

and what better way than to not do justice to some book covers?

It's been over a year,

but here we go again.

Happy New Year, folks :) 

beth the boa constrictor.JPG

Eaten alive? More

like badly designed throw rug.

Alas, poor boa.

(Note: This was written by AM the Elder at the ripe age of


I bet AM the Elder loves me for all of the creations of hers and journal covers I share on here.)

alison's notebook.JPG

The plan was fool proof.

Location set and staged.

Now, only to wait...

(Note: Another of AM the Elder's!

Please especially note the elegant swoosh curls of the "m" in "make up,"

debate the lacking hyphen.)

dare you!.JPG

All fun until you

realize the chimney is a

ghost-killer robot.

the doozer disaster.JPG

Of course, Gulliver

could relate to the plight, but

not to shirt choice.

monster mama.JPG

Important life lesson:

Some mothers will still love you

despite silly-string (mess*). 

 *Yes, I know...

one syllable too many. 

Omit, if you wish.

Books 716-720

Hi, all!

Happy Sunday!

Let's all give AM the Elder

a round of applause

(and a round of applesauce,

because almost typos are great)

for taking over our last post

and for kicking me back into gear.

That all said and done, 

let's write some haikus!

mrs. katz and tush.JPG

Trade cat for glasses?

Barter isn't always fair,

but cats are snuggly.

a little princess.JPG

There might not be a

crown, but that skirt could swallow

a throne entirely.



as a chocolate rabbit... 

worse than McGregor.

the frog prince continued.JPG

Eating the French chef's

dinner: cannibalism

at it's most awkward. 

paul revere's ride.JPG

Mister Paul's night ride?

No mention of Ms. Sybil

who rode much farther.

Books 706-710

Hello, all!


To those of you who celebrate 

the United States' Father's Day,

we hope you're having a great day.

(AM the Elder, AM the Younger, and I

are incredibly lucky to have a kick-ass, awesome father.

Just to brag for a quick second.)


To those of you who don't celebrate,

we also hope you're having a great day.


We're equal great-day-wishers like that.


I've been having a rough time with this post's books.

Complete brain-block writer-failure.

So, because she's an incredibly nice person

(who wants me to get back to posting here on a regular basis),

AM the Elder stepped in here to cover this batch,

playing a variant on our movie game.


This week's book game was movie tag lines, 

wherein AM the Elder wrote a tag line for each book,

as if looking at the movie trailer/poster.


Let the games begin!

(Cue Applause.*)



Abandoned as a baby,

one girl fights for equal crane rights.



In a world where parents don't worry about their children's safety, 

Mirette climbs to new heights.



Sometimes you need to take a leap of faith.

The epic quest to find the perfect haircut.



A relationship torn asunder,

incompatibilities realized during the epic redecoration.

Can this marriage be saved?



In the blackness of the night, in the darkness of space,

only the Neptonian Pinstripe Mafia can maintain order.


*I may or may not have written "Cue Applesauce" there originally.

I will never tell.

Books 701-705

Greetings, all.


I'm doing my best to be calm and collected.

A bee somehow just got into my room

and he's been checking out the books on the shelves,

and I think he's trying to get a sneak peak at this post 

before it goes live.


He's a book bee, I guess.


I think we should name him Unknown,

after our most frequent repeat offender.



Unknown has successfully been released outside.

We made him sign a confidentiality contract,

promising not to give any of the future book post titles away early.


Speaking of repeat offenders, though,

you might notice that we have three this week.

It's been awhile since we've had this many in a post.

I think this might be a sign of things to come.


Anyway, it's a lovely day

and I've written some one sentence stories for you

based off of today's covers.


I can't tell you how much 

I'm looking forward to moving away from children's books! 

It's much more fun to write nonsense 

about books you haven't already read!)




It was the crime of the century;

no one even glanced up when the rainbow fish swam out

with all of the jewels plastered to his body.



They wished and they wished, 

but the lake nymph refused to grant their deepest desires —

they would just have to keep imagining that they were

Godzilla and the Yeti destroying a local metropolis.

(Imagination, they decided later, was completely overrated.)



The Alice in Wonderland tea party re-enactment was going well

until an actual mouse was found in the tea-pot, 

and the rest of the gang realized

Albie's new contortionist hobby was getting a little out of control.



It was one thing to say the writing was on the wall;

 it was a completely other thing to say 

the sea dragon was on the wall

as far as omens went, this one was a doozy.



The monster erupted from the bath water

more suddenly than any of the children could imagine,

blinding those closest and barely giving the two guards

time to brandish their impromptu swords.


Sentence stories aside,

Heckedy Peg was AM the Younger's favorite book 

when she was little little little.

She had us all read it to her so many times,

I think we memorized most of it.


In fact even to this day, if someone asks me for advice,

there's a fair chance I'll respond:

"Don't talk to strangers, and don't touch fire."


What can I say?

It's good advice.