3/15/20: How do you like this book?

A late breaking report from the Front Porch Library:

We were a small group; just Klark, Olivia, Astrid, Vivienne and me, but it was good to have some of our normal weekly craziness amidst the more general and scary craziness.

For a change I made a sort-of pizza in place of the usual cheese melts (it was sort-of because I had no mozzarella and had to use cheddar). It was surprisingly okay.

The project for the day was staging an “acquisitions meeting.” That’s what they do at publishing houses when deciding whether to acquire a title. In our case we had been given a stack of picture books for our review. All our kids were older than the target audience, but they took the job quite seriously, evaluating things like cover design, rhymes and repetitions, the overall message of the book.

Then we made a few rhymes of our own (the books had main characters who were things like clocks and goats–both words with good rhymes.

Here is one we wrote for that rarely seen creature, the crocoduck.

The crocoduck sat in the muck

He took a suck

of that horrible muck

and then said yuck.

After, we shot hoops in the street and created a pet food store, which mostly involved cutting up grass, grinding the end of a rotting log to pulp, scraping a piece of chalk to dust, mixing them all together and calling them pet food.

The cake was German chocolate, decorated tastefully by Olivia. Then the dads came and eventually pried the kids loose with Astrid and Vivienne begging to be allowed to have dinner together.


An especially fine gathering at the FPL.


Author: slowdancejournal

I am a writer of novels for young readers. I also sing old time rock and roll in a duo called "Hot Tamale." My husband and I maintain our own 10 acre wildlife preserve. My home is Tallahassee, Florida.

One thought on “3/15/20: How do you like this book?”

  1. hey its keith. i used to go to the front porch library a couple years ago. its nice to see that it is still up and running and doing all the fun things we did when i went. going to the front porch library used to be my favorite day of the week. hope yall see this and remember me. miss you guys.

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