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Monday, July 5, 2010

Classic books for young readers, revisited

I grew up reading Mad Magazine, so it's easy for me to imagine the following "classics" for young readers.

The Black Scallion by Wally Fearley:
A rare Arabian legume helps a talented but traumatized teenage girl win an international cooking competition.

James and the Giant Leech by Raul Dahli Lama:
A gigantic but compassionate leech starts growing in the yard by a house on a hill. Occupying the house is James, a little boy whose parents died in a tragic incident involving a vacuum cleaner and a blood transfusion.

Bored of the Flies by Willy Leading:
A group of 21st Century boys wash up on a deserted island. Without their Wii, Playstations and Xboxes, all they can do watch the flies that inhabit the island. Boring!


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