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October 15, 2004



My nickname in school was Dictionary Girl - at the time, I was devastated and hurt. Cruel, cruel world! Now, of course, I just think it's funny. It was slightly true, though - I did like reading my dictionary and I still like to peruse the Redundant Expressions section.


Those Oz books were my favorites as a kid, too. I don't know what edition our library had, but the Oz books had really vivid and scary illustrations. I think they were from the '60s or '70s. I've never been able to find them again. Remember the knitting needle girls? They wore drum majorette outfits and stabbed people with knitting needles. Also, the Wheelers--men that had wheels instead of hands and feet; the gump (flying couch); the mechanical giant with the huge pounding mallet that Dorothy et al had to run under; and kindly old Jack Pumpkinhead. If you ask me, J.K. Rowling can't hold a candle to Frank L. Baum.


And I thought girls only read Nancy Drew. Silly me.


I wish I'd kept all my childhood books - but then Dr Seuss never seems to go out of print!

PS New site as above (at last!)

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