Tag: 2000s

  • A Sock Is A Pocket For Your Toes by Liz Garton Scanlon and Robin Preiss Glasser Analysis

    A Sock Is A Pocket For Your Toes by Liz Garton Scanlon and Robin Preiss Glasser Analysis

    A Sock Is A Pocket For Your Toes (2004) is a picture book by Liz Garton Scanlon and Robin Preiss Glasser, published by HarperCollins. A cave is a pocket for a bear,a breath is a pocket full of air.A hat is a pocket for your hair,and a seat is a pocket called a chair… A Sock […]

  • The Little Crooked House by Wild and Bentley Picture Book Analysis

    The Little Crooked House by Wild and Bentley Picture Book Analysis

    The Little Crooked House (2005) is an Australian picture book written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Jonathan Bentley who, coincidentally, has the perfect name for this story, gotta say.

  • Foes by Lorrie Moore Short Story Analysis

    Foes by Lorrie Moore Short Story Analysis

    “Foes” is a short story by American writer Lorrie Moore. The Guardian published it on the eve of the election which would see Obama to the presidency, and can be read in full here. It is also in Bark and in Collected Stories. This is such an American story, so Americans will have a more…

  • Bravado by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    Bravado by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    If you think you’re too old to write about contemporary young characters, take your cue from Irish short story master William Trevor, who wrote “Bravado”, about young people and night-clubbing culture, at almost 80 years of age. Note that the story is not set when he himself was young, but in the mid noughties.

  • Cry Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved and Charlotte Pardi Analysis

    Cry Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved and Charlotte Pardi Analysis

    Cry Heart, But Never Break is a picture book to help children process their grief. The book was first published in Denmark in 2001, then translated into English by Robert Moulthrop five years later. The story is beautifully illustrated by Danish artist Charlotte Pardi. I recommend this book for children of all ages dealing with…

  • Edwardo The Horriblest Boy In The Whole Wide World by John Burningham and Fabulously Naughty Children

    Edwardo The Horriblest Boy In The Whole Wide World by John Burningham and Fabulously Naughty Children

    Edwardo, The Horriblest Boy In The Whole Wide World, written and illustrated by John Burningham (2006), is an excellent example of this modern ideology of ‘good’ vs ‘bad’ children, specifically how there is no such thing as good vs bad, but we’re all a little yin yang and can go either way depending on how…

  • The US Office Character Studies

    The US Office Character Studies

    The Office started out in 2001 as a UK mockumentary devised by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. I can’t enjoy the level of cringe executed by the UK cast, especially the Ricky Gervais boss, who make me want to curl into a ball due to transferred humiliation. But like many, many other viewers I love…

  • The Lap Pool by Robert Drewe Short Story Analysis

    The Lap Pool by Robert Drewe Short Story Analysis

    “The Lap Pool” is a short story by Australian author Robert Drewe, and the opening story in the 2008 collection The Rip.

  • Tricks by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    Tricks by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    I have a soft spot for short stories about spinsters about town, enjoying their passions in solitary fashion. “Tricks” by Alice Munro calls to mind Katherine Mansfield’s “Miss Brill”, especially after mention of the symbolic scarf: Miss Brill, you may recall, wears a fur. Robin of Munro’s story “Tricks” does not; she is instead disturbed by someone else’s fox scarf in the Lost and Found.

  • Powers by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    Powers by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    “Powers” is the final story in the Runaway collection by Alice Munro, published 2004. I find this story the most challenging of the lot — as in, what in holy heck was that all about? I’m going to have to write about “Powers” in order to understand it. Here goes my best shot. What can…

  • Trespasses by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    Trespasses by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    “Trespasses” is a short story by Canadian author Alice Munro, included in the collection Runaway, published 2006. This piece might challenge everything you’ve learned about how to structure a story. All the parts are there, but not as you’d expect. If Alice Munro had anonymously joined one of my writing critique groups over the years,…

  • Blackberries by Thomas Kenneally Short Story Analysis

    Blackberries by Thomas Kenneally Short Story Analysis

    “Blackberries” is a short story by Thomas Keneally, included in an anthology I got free when buying another book at Dymocks back in 2009. Allen and Unwin have since released a number of short stories from big name Australian authors as eBooks, including “Blackberries”, available for a couple of bucks each.