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12:31 pm: The Friday Five
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  1. What book or books were special to you in your childhood?
    There was one -- I can't remember the title -- I found at my grandmother's place that I always liked. It was about a man who sold caps, like the kind toastmastertom wears. He had a nice coat & a handlebar mustache & walked from town to town selling his caps. He had red caps, he had blue caps, he had checkered caps, he had all sorts of caps & he carried them by balancing them on his head in a tall stack.


  2. Other books were the Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis but I never read these directly. My mother read them & when my parents & I would travel on the long trip to my (other) grandparent's farm she would retell the stories for me, recounting every detail.

  3. What was particularly special or memorable about those books?
    I suppose the memorable moment for most children about the cap man was when he ran into a pack of wild monkeys who stole his caps & carried them a tree. When he shouted at them to throw down his caps they made some cute sound that children are likely to repeat for the rest of the day. But the element most memorable for me was the fact that he carried all his caps on top of his head in a tall stack. How did he get them up there? How did he get them down? I spent many an hour pondering this until I finally figured it out

    I don't remember much now from the Narnia books but the memories of Mom recounting the stories on those otherwise long, boring trips will always be special to me.


  4. Have you re-read any of them as an adult?
    I've been planning to read the Narnia series for years but lately I'm more interested in finding the Cap Man book again. I don't even remember the title & I think its elusiveness makes it more appealing to me.


  5. If so, were the books as good as you remembered them?
    Dunno yet.


  6. What do you think about movies being made out of children's classics (like the Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of The Rings, etc.)?
    I think it's part nostalgia & part money on the part of the creators. A way of guaranteeing ticket sales is to prey off a story many people have been familiar with throughout most their lives. I don't mind so much as long as it's done faithfully to the books, but it usually isn't.

    The Lord of the Rings is definitely not a children's tale. The Hobbit maybe but not the big trilogy. You try telling your six-year-old about how the Balrog defeated Gandolf or the whole experience with Shelob & then tell me it's a children's tale.


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From:nothingbutcards
Date:August 27th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
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That story about the guy with the caps sounds ridiculously familiar. Richard Scarry, perhaps?
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