Fun With A Stranger by Richard Yates

Some short stories exist mainly as character studies. Fun With A Stranger by American author Richard Yates is one example.¬† The story¬†paints a portrait of a particular kind of old-fashioned school teacher. The reader feels empathy for everyone involved,, from the young pupils to the teacher herself. STORY NOTES A man retells what it was …

Rufus and the Blackberry Monster by Lisa Stubbs

1999 in picture books was the year of monsters in the forest. Jez Alborough was finishing up his bear series about a massive toy bear, actually harmless. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler released their phenomenal hit The Gruffalo. Rufus and the Blackberry Monster by Lisa Stubbs is part of the same family. Comparisons between this …