Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (20 September)

Today I snuck into the children's section of the library to pick up a Riordian number, and while in the R's noticed a book I'd not seen before. Naturally I checked it out and read it at lunch, giggling the entire way through. A couple of teasers --

'...and Wee Willykins kissed and huggled the hoppity pot and promised always to help the dollies and never to be an old grumpy-wumpkins again.'
Mrs. Bloxam's tale has met the same response from generations of Wizarding children: uncontrollable retching, followed by an immediate demand to have the book taken from them and mashed into pulp.

p. 39, Tales of Beedle the Bard.  (J.K. Rowling, "Albus Dumbledore")

This exchange marked the beginning of Mr. Malfoy's long campaign to have me removed from my post as headmaster of Hogwarts, and of mine to have him removed from his position as Lord Voldemort's Favorite Death Eater. My response prompted several further letters from Mr. Malfoy, but as they consisted mainly of opprobrious remarks on my sanity, parentage, and hygiene, their relevance to this commentary is remote.

p. 42, Tales of Beedle the Bard. (J.K. Rowling, "Albus Dumbledore")

1 comment:

  1. Now these are my types of teasers. Love it! I enjoyed the bit that you shared about Albus Dumbledore - sounds soo like him with multi-syllabic words appearing here and there. I've seen Beedle the Bard a number of times in the bookshelves, but never really had the interest to go over it. Your teaser just might have tipped the balance in favor of my borrowing it from our library. Haha.

    Nice teaser as well from Rick Riordan - while I had my 'issues' about the first book of the 39 clues, he does manage to sustain and engage the attention of his reader.

    here's my teaser for the week:


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