The story is told through the memory of a seven year old boy who, when life gets difficult, escapes into books. Events from Mr. Gaiman's own childhood are woven into a mythical story starring characters that have lived in his head for a very long time. The scary things that happen in this book are made scarier because they are happening to the narrator as a young boy and the unsettling things that happen, which are not understood by the boy, are more unsettling as they are remembered by the adult. It was a very good book and I wish I hadn't read it so fast. Because now it's over.
But, I get to look forward to his new book for children coming out in September called Fortunately, the Milk. He read a bit of it Friday night and it sounds like a fun story, like if Douglas Adams had ever written a children's book, it might be like this one.
Here is a picture of Mr. Gaiman signing my copy of Ocean, and a copy of Chu's Day for the library.
And now, back to second grade stories.
This one is untitled and it's by Avalon and Bella and it comes with an illustration.
Once upon a time, there was so much noise in the Marshall Lane School Library that everybody in Marshall Lane needed hearing aids. Then it got so noisy that the hearing aids broke. Then the police station shut down the library until the whole school was quiet. Then three months later, finally the school got quiet. The police station reopened it. Then everybody loved the library and they were always quiet when they were in it.
Noise seems to be a recurring theme in these library stories. That was a short one so lets do another.
The Transforming Mrs. Richards
by Rachel and Lauren
One day in the library Mrs. Richards picked up a book about the desert. She said the magic word (which is "library") and was transformed into an extra character in the book. But now she could not get out. She had to do whatever was happening in the story.
Mrs. Richards was there for one whole night and was getting bored and hungry. Lauren and Rachel happened to come into the library and happened to pick up the book and suddenly, she came out. Poof! Now she is careful.
From now on, Mrs. Richards teaches all the students to be careful so that you don't get stuck in books!!!!
I've always loved the idea of being able to actually go in to books. An idea that I'm sure I got from watching Gumby when I was a kid. (Kids, ask your parents about Gumby!)