Fuse #8

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Reason #552 Why I Am a Librarian

Because sometimes you get a class of kids in your library who, upon seeing you offering a stack of Edward Eager's books, will cry delightedly, "Oh, SNAP!"


At 1:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


And here I thought it might be because "libraries are places where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity." At least that's what Germaine Greer says. The link to her article (with full quote) is in my post, here: http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/174332.html

At 2:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love Edward Eager! In fact, I think I will dig out my much loved copy of "Half Magic" to share with my peeps.

At 5:38 PM , Blogger Josephine Cameron said...

Edward Eager!!!! I got halfway through Half Magic when I was a kid before it got banned from my house. My mom had a little problem with all things magic and my reasoning that this magic only worked HALFWAY did not appease her. I was ordered to return it to the library & not read one more word! I sat up all night torn between sneaking the book out of my bookbag & living with the guilt of finishing it before morning or being an obedient child. I have to admit, obedient child won out until I graduated from high school. I didn't finish "Half Magic" until I was in college! Oh SNAP, it was good!

At 8:45 PM , Blogger R.J. Anderson said...

I love, love, love Eager. I was so happy to be able to read every one of his books to my son earlier this year.

At 9:13 PM , Blogger Little Willow said...

Too funny! My co-worker's son uttered this phrase just this afternoon when he had to erase a word on his ditto.

At 10:04 PM , Blogger SilberBook-Blog said...

Half Magic changed my life and I would be so Oh SNAP to be discovering it again for the first time!


At 9:37 AM , Blogger Chris said...

Magic by the Lake was my defining Eager title as it was one of only a dozen or so (non-toddler) children's books we owned. I loved, loved, loved Eager's books.

At 12:24 PM , Blogger Saints and Spinners said...

My favorite Eager book is Knight's Castle. I never did get through Ivanhoe, but my brother and I played our version of it (based on the Eager book) with building blocks and Playmobil knights. Knight's Castle was an enjoyable variation of the "get small and enter the dollhouse" theme.

At 4:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooray, hooray, for Edward Eager!! That had to be a truly gratifying moment.

I read all of his books with my son a couple of years ago, and it was so lovely to re-discover them -- I remember the shelf they were on in my old library, I read them so many times. Our favorites are Seven-Day Magic (mine) and Knight's Castle (his, but I'm also very fond of it).

We have a book-on-tape of Half Magic that is acted rather than read, and the children's voices are excellent.


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