Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Couple of Opinions With Which You Should Agree

Those Newbery Award stickers should have the year on them.

Also, I'd like to suggest a form of censorship. Dear school librarians, do not order any more I Spy books. Because you know who checks out I Spy books? Kids who can't read. And guess what? I Spy books aren't going to help them get better at reading. They're going to help them get better at finding hidden objects in ridiculous pictures. And while I'm sure that's a valuable skill for a, I would rather they practice that at home.*

Thanks for the books, Myra.

*Not really. I'd rather they read books with more than thirty words in them at home, but I'm trying to appear reasonable here.


Adam said...

You forgot to mention how inferior I Spy is compared to Where's Waldo?, the true sleuth's companion.

Paul Michael Murphy said...


Jonathon Arntson said...

Yeah right! I Spy is so much better. The book with cities and castles made out of little objects is just brilliant! BTW, Where's Waldo is Where's Wally in the rest of the world, not much ring to that...and they are making a Where's Waldo, what?

Also, I checked I Spy books out all the time as a kid, but I do get your point.

Kelly said...

I do think they should have a few I Spy books for kids who truly can't read and at least they are looking at a book...but they can only check it out once or twice a year.
We actually have so many I Spy books. When my son was age 3 or 4 he LOVED them!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

I think I Spy books/ Where's Waldo? have there place with non-readers. Especially on car trips.

As far as dates on Newbery Award stickers. Hell, yeah.

mclicious said...

i totally agree with the first two.

Sarah Dooley said...

This totally doesn't have anything to do with your opinion about I Spy books, but it's a cool story.

I once had a student with autism whose speech was mostly echoed, so he didn't use it reliably to communicate, which meant a lot went on in his head that the rest of us didn't have access to. He was at his calmest when he could sit at the computer and type I - S - P over and over into the address bar.

After doing this all year, long about, oh, April, he finally remembered the last letter, typed a "Y," and managed to bring up a page of Google search results with a link to an I Spy game. From the sound he made, I'm guessing that was what he'd been trying to accomplish all year. It was pretty cool.

But, yeah, I totally agree about the I Spy books. I don't mind my third-graders checking them out, if only they'd check out something with, like, words at the same time.