Monday, January 16, 2017

Dick Solomon's fear of pop-up book

The book Solomon is reading called ABC Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures by Jan Pienkowski. Available on Amazon here for $5.81 + $4.00 shipping. Or $60.00 for "like new" meaning someone didn't appreciate it enough to tear it up. (Children tear them up, that's how you know they loved it.)

But there are other better dinosaur pop-up books than this, several that get 5 star ratings

I bought the Frozen pop-up book. Should get here on Wednesday. Finally remembered to use Lem's Amazon portal. I have the Poe's Raven book too. The ladies in the office were the first to see it and they properly flipped out. It's great having a book you can read in one minute.


Eric the Fruit Bat said...

It might have been a CD collection by John Lithgow that got me started on the memorizing poems kick. I really don't remember the chronology, whether it was before or after. I borrowed it from the library determined to teach myself to appreciate poetry. I was amazed at how many of the poems I absolutely did not like -- and in strong terms -- so I filed the whole endeavor under "FAIL."

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

It exists. Link.

It would appear that John Lithgow is a pretty industrious guy.

Good for him, I guess.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

BTW, I never cared for John Lithgow. A little too soft for my tastes, maybe.

He was really awful in "Buckaroo Banzai."

Thing of it is, I wasn't sure if maybe he was supposed to be awful.

Chip Ahoy said...

As Titus mentioned, he's very good in Dexter. At first there is not much actual acting on display, they just show him doing things with no dialogue, no interaction between people. Then, as it develops he really does come through with menace combined with religious sanctimony and psychosis that justifies his evil. Dexter, a serial killer that is depicted sympathetically, wrecks destruction on his entire family just by his contact with them. Everything that Dexter touches goes to hell. You see it coming a mile away. The women in his life get all up in stuff, they nag the living piss out of him place demands on him that conflict with his activities and eventually must go so that Dexter can persist. A good deal of it is so wearisome that when the women are nagging I skip ahead to the next scene because they're all of this same sort. But not the episode with Lithgow. His episode, is a standout, his wife and his family are very good too.

Methadras said...

I think that the Dick Solomon character was the prototype for Sheldon Cooper in Big Bang Theory.

ricpic said...

After a kid goes through the pop ups once he's done with the book. I've never understood parents buying a book that's going to be once and done. But then I was raised by Great Depression parents.

Chip Ahoy said...

Really? That does it! *slam*

Actually, ricpic, they're not what they used to be. I was just now reading reviews on Wild Ocean and there's so much information loaded into it kids find new things going back to it.

And if you're like Eric and one time interested in poetry then the Raven would be a great way to go. When the women were thumbing through and actually reading the poem they were shocked that I was able to recite it with them. It was a favorite when I was a teen. And I learned things like who Pallas is and what lattice and obeisance and Plutonian and nepenthe and Gilead and Aidenn are supposed to mean.

Lem said...

Sorry I have not posted anything today. I worked from 8 to 5 today. I'm on my way to sis and her wifi.

Sixty Grit said...

Chip has summed up the brilliance of Poe - ol' E.A. knew a lot of stuff and was able to cram a world of knowledge into a poem and still wind up with beautiful poetry.

In addition to the people and things Chip mentioned, I was struck by the internal rhyme scheme the author used. Additionally, awesome alliteration abounds.

Lines like "“Surely,” said I, “surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore— "

Masterful writing right there.

I gained a lot of insight into how he composed the poem by reading "The Philosophy of Composition" - as I wrote before, Poe was a great writer who had some of the worst luck.

I have seen ravens on Mt. Rainier and I saw one here on a walk last year. You don't soon forget your encounters with ravens, just sayin'.

Sixty Grit said...

Also, my children destroyed every pop up book I ever bought them. I shall speak of that fact nevermore.

ndspinelli said...

Lithgow is a superb actor. And, he seems like a good guy.

ndspinelli said...

Lithgow's Trinity Killer in Dexter was the best villain I have ever seen on the big or small screen.

MamaM said...

Sorry I have not posted anything today. I worked from 8 to 5 today. I'm on my way to sis and her wifi.

Did deborah disappear again too?

The value of reading pop-up books together with a young childis that they provide an interactive experience and encourage an "I do-you do" approach. Our pop up books were read over and over, with little to no tearing or damage to the mechanisms because they were first read with an adult present who showed how the mechanism (pull, push, slide) worked and monitored behavior. Later, the books could be left with the child at nap/quiet time, with little to no damage done because they knew how to handle the mechanism and enjoyed the consistency of the surprise. I quickly learned, however, that giving a pop-up book to a child who didn't have prior experience using one with an adult present usually lead to damage done in frustration, zeal, or lack of experience.

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