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Every conversation with Elf for several months has been peppered with references to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. And can he read it now? How about next week? NO, he doesn't want the kids' version. He's not a kid any more. Elf will turn up his nose at the entire children's section of the library now. He will deign to look in the "juvenile" section, but only because he likes the pictures in the books. He wants grown-up books. Now that he has read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and marvelled a bit at the poor theology it contains, he'd like to read Dracula next. NO, he doesn't want a children's book about it. NO, he doesn't want an "abridged" version. Can I get it for him at the library now? How about now? Mom, let's talk about something. About a book. Dracula. Mom, let's talk about something. Oh, no, it isn't a book. It's about a person. Dracula. What? Talk about "places" instead? Okay... let's talk about "the place where Dracula lives." Can we get the Dracula book now? Well, how about next week? And have you looked online to see if Dracula is available?


  1. I currently have Celtic Lad dressing as a wizard and obsessed with potions and Celtic Dingo dresses as Asterix and tells me he doesn't like Egyptians but loves the Romans.

  2. Sorry, & why is this a problem? You hve kids reading at this level? Classics? Congratulations

  3. LOL Widdle Shamrock, I'm sure you have some interesting dinnertime conversations at your house. Blogworthy. :p

    Ganeida, yes, they can READ that stuff, but even I don't get quite all the vocabulary words. They have the gist of the story. Elf was very ... worried? about Dr. Jekyll and whether Utterson made the right decisions in not reading letters and not talking to others about what was going on earlier on in the book.

    Dracula, I remember, has a deranged patient eating flies and other animals to possess their life nature and weird stuff like that LOL! It isn't some guy in a castle counting numbers. :p

  4. Well I say lucky you!At least hes passionate about something!

    hey are you still doing the weigh ins on my diet blog?

  5. I don't have that issue with my kids. Especially when they notice the grown up books I check out don't have any pictures.

  6. Marissa didn't read Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde until she was in 8th grade. It was our first year home educating and her curriculum "made" her. She read that back to back with Frankenstein. And, then another book (The Deadliest Monster) that compared and contrasted the theology in the two books.

    I wish she would fall in love with the classics. She likes to read brain candy, the worst science fiction and "Romance" novels.

  7. Mrs. Darling, I want to hide when you mention weigh-ins because I have been very fat lately. :]

    Lisa, between your kids and mine, we could write novels ourselves. Just not this one!

    DF, Your kids are SOOO super-cute they could just be models and hire their own accountants. That little pouty face you posted of your daughter is priceless!!

    Julie, I'm surprised that Jekyll and Hyde is even an eighth grade book because I have a BA in English and don't understand a good deal of the vocabulary. You almost have to read it aloud to "get" it, you see. Elf LOOOOVED it.

  8. We are doing the same thing as Julie mentioned (Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Deadliest Monster). One thing that Stevenson, who was NOT a Christian, got right was his monster. We are the monsters and need to help from our environment and other people to conceive of monstrous things to do!

    Right now, we are reading The Count of Monte Cristo which delves into another hot topic. . . revenge.

  9. I really like Bram's Dracula. ...of course, I think I read it in college...



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