The phone call you don’t want to make

Hearing people yelling in the street near our loud neighbors’ house, I pull back the office curtain to check it out… C-Man: I think it’s basketball. Me: Football. C-Man: Good thing you checked before calling 911 on them again. Me: I would never call 911 without looking! But yeah, I think calling the cops on your neighbors for playing football… Read more »

13 Spooky and Monster Books for Kids (For Halloween or Anytime)

We basically celebrate Halloween all year in our family. I know we’re not the only ones. Monsters, witches, and other spooky stuff are just fascinating to some kids. (Okay, I confess, to some grownups as well!) So we’ve read a ton of spooky, monster, and creature books, but for this post I’ve narrowed it down to the best – the… Read more »

Wadjda: A film about how things change

When it comes to renting movies, I have a list of the next 10 films we’re going to watch. C-Man, on the other hand, likes to browse. Especially in the new arrivals section. That’s where he found Wadjda. It’s the first feature-length film made in Saudi Arabia, which has no movie theaters. It was written and directed by female filmmaker… Read more »

A Boy and His Fortune Wookiee Have A Chat

Overheard from the front seat, where I was driving along minding my own business… and only Boy Detective was in the back. Or so I thought. Boy Detective: You can’t just say you want to invent something and have it happen. It takes lots and lots of stuff. Fortune Wookiee: HGNRL! Boy Detective, skeptical: How could you make a magic… Read more »

Our 6 Favorite Children’s Books About Dragons

My kid, like many others, loves imaginary creatures. Fairies are often his #1 pick, but dragons follow right behind. Dragons get more high-quality attention than fairies in children’s picture books, so it’s a bit easier to find good kids’ books about dragons. Here are our favorites! They’re so good I’d recommend them to an adult for a light enjoyable read,… Read more »

12 Wonderful Comics with GLBTQ+ Characters

This group of comics stood out so sharply for me as happiness-increasing portrayals of non-heterosexual and other queer folks. I couldn’t resist making a friendly post with all of them together, even though I could have put them into the more “topic” focused comics posts. Let’s get started, because I know you’re going to find something here to love. (New… Read more »

Karate Girl: In which a girl is karate chopped back to life!

If I told you Karate Girl was a good movie, I’d be lying. Luckily, a movie can be fun without being good. So we had a fine time watching this tale of Ayaka (Rina Takeda), a teenage girl who must save her sister from the evil karate school that killed their father when they were very young. (Don’t you hate… Read more »

6 Children’s Books for Pet Lovers of All Ages

I’ve already done posts about cats, dogs, and animals in general. Books starring animals are also included in just about every other topic post. There are just a LOT of books about animals for kids! So here are our favorite children’s books about pets. It probably helps Boy Detective live vicariously since a household pet isn’t on our agenda right… Read more »