RARA-AVIS: Children's Hard-Boiled?

Bill Hagen (billha@ionet.net)
Sun, 28 Feb 1999 23:29:06 -0600 (CST) Welcome aboard, Al.

Seems to me you've just started a thread: what to introduce your child to
(and maybe when).

You mentioned Nate the Great. Perhaps you've discovered the Encyclopedia
Brown series as well? For the somewhat older, there were the "Photo
Crimes" series of the mid-80s, sort of illustrated "5-Minute
Mysteries"--both probably available in used book stores. More puzzlers than

For real hard-boiled, try the original versions of fairy tales, as in the
Andrew Lang collections, still in print, I think.

Course there's the other school of thought: Don't try to get your children
interested in anything you love, because they'll reject it flat. Either
that, or they'll embrace it and hate you for it.

Perhaps others have more helpful suggestions for bringing up baby, hard-boiled.

Bill Hagen

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