Show #059: Kids Like Colors

The fifty-ninerd episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

The Desert Is TheirsThis week’s episode: Storm flies solo and accepts your pity; to trash or to praise Paul; a plan to smash the guitar is revealed; comic books and Asimov; slagging on the Caldecott Medal;  and “The Five Little Pickles”.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: What did you read when you were a child? Were there particular kids books you liked or loathed?

Featured post-show song:  “Happy, Happy, Happy” by Groovelily

Show #059: Kids Like Colors (Some content NSFW)


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  1. Daniel
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Brian Jacques “Redwall” was the Harry Potter of my middle school days. Everyone was reading them because they were thick, had really small print, indecipherable language, and were uncharacteristically violent.

  2. Daniel
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    In fifth grade we were desperate for anything that wasn’t Beverly Cleary…

  3. Chris
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m gonna go with Daniel on this one, The Redwall series was all the rage back in elementary school.

    Every time Storm said pickle I laughed, I don’t know why, the word ‘pickle’ is just such a silly word.

  4. Chris
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    I misheard the story title at the start and thought it was the 5 piglets, and then it started to get weird having them in a jar in a fridge.

  5. Posted October 1, 2009 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    [Answering without having heard the podcast yet.]

    I was a fan of Ramona the Pest. Sorry, Beverly Cleary haters. 😉 If it redeems me at all, I then moved on to the Madeleine L’Engle’s *A Wrinkly in Time* series, then Edgar Allan Poe. These were followed in middle school by Tolkein and Piers Anthony. Obviously, my tastes were something of a mixed bag.

  6. Peter
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    I loved the Wrinkle in Time books too, but more than anything else, I remember fighting other kids to get the Eye Witness book, especially the one about weapons, castles, and dinosaurs.

  7. Robin
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Storm podcasting alone? Awwww… [/residual Boston show] 😉

    I did read some comic books as a kid, but mostly just the ones I ganked from my older brother. X-Men and its various spinoffs, primarily. Now I can only afford to keep up with a few, so it’s pretty much limited to media tie-ins. Buffy season 8, Angel: After the Fall, some of the Doctor Who miniseries, and the new Farscape series. Yeah, I’m “one of those”. I did pick up V for Vendetta and Watchmen for cheap at Dragon*Con last year, and thoroughly enjoyed them. I keep planning to start collecting Sandman, but then I’ll feel compelled to collect the whole thing and that’ll get expensive pretty quick on top of the rest of it. Someday…

    One of the children’s books that really stuck with me was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. When I moved on to chapter books, I was a big fan of Beverly Cleary, E.B. White, and the Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley books. I shifted to sci-fi and fantasy sometime in middle school and never looked back.

    That got kinda long. Oops. Minor geek-out. Later, taters.

  8. Posted October 1, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Oops. A good proofreader, I am not. :-S

  9. Posted October 1, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    May I request a reading of Uncle Storm’s work on every podcast? I loved the way you read the pickle story. 🙂

    I read a lot as a child, too. In addition to many of the books mentioned already (Beverly Cleary FTW), I was really into the Berenstain Bears books and anything by Dr. Seuss as a very young child. What I read over and over, though, were Through the Looking Glass and Alice in Wonderland.

  10. Posted October 1, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Just FYI, the podcast RSS feed doesn’t seem to have updated with this one in it.

  11. Tina
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    It’s not showing up on iTunes, either.

    When I was a kid, two of favorite books were “A Little Princess” and “The Secret Garden.” (I still reread them on occasion; they’re like old friends.) And most of Judy Blume’s books, of course; she seemed like one of the few adult authors who really knew how kids think.

    I tended to read a lot of stuff above my age bracket as well, so I got into Stephen King and other horror/gothic stuff at a fairly young age.

  12. Simalot
    Posted October 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I got the iTunes download this afternooon. I’m sure it must have been caused by Paul not being on the podcast.

  13. Bob
    Posted October 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    I was big into the Judy Blume books. The boy ones like Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge, and Then Again, Maybe I Won’t.

  14. Richard Rosenthal
    Posted October 4, 2009 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    I always liked “When We Were Very Young” and “Now We Are Six” by A. A. Milne

  15. Simalot
    Posted October 5, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I read a lot as a child. I think my most-reread book was a used copy of “Wild Animals I Have Known” that I picked up at a bazaar. I remember it being a stark contrast to the Disney world of animals. Though I had a number of other influences, I have wondered if it was the basis for my 34 years (and counting) of being a vegetarian.

    I also was a big fan of the Encyclopedia Brown series.

  16. Neil
    Posted October 7, 2009 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    It was nice to hear the special cameo by the puppet as one of the pickles.

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