Wednesday, August 13, 2008

School's In! (Or: how to hide a book in class)

So, school's back in session for most folks, and the time has come to address the most crucial issue facing kids in school today:

How do you read the book you're REALLY interested in during class? How many times have you been caught hiding the new Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, or Eragon* book in your lap behind your desk?

(Little Shop extended-family-member Kate says she was never caught. She always sat cross-legged in her seat, and hid books behind the pages of her notebook, which she propped in her lap against her desk.)

Well, you could always make a book cover for your book--there's lots of instructions and templates out there on the web. Just make sure that the label on the book is "Science" or "English" or whatever. The only problem with this is that the book you want to read has to be about the same size as the textbook for the class.

So, what's the solution to this quandary? Back-to-school Little Shop member Natalie mentioned the Amelia's Notebook series by Marissa Moss. She loved them back in the second, third, fourth grade. The books look like journals from the outside (well, except for the cover art), so at first glance, it looks like your class notebook.

In a similar vein, the newest editions of The Big Book of Girl Stuff and The Big Book of Boy Stuff have reversible covers. the insides make these big volumes look like workbooks for class subjects.

Hmmm, not paying attention in class--probably not the best advice, but better than doodling, right?

*Are you ready for Brisingr? We're having a midnight release party on the 19th of September. Have you reserved your copy?

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