something about the way the Scribbler weaves like a sped up spider made me think of A big Ball of String. Or it may have been that one of the old lines that I recall is unthreading its way here from childhood: Stay in Bed! Stay in Bed with That cold in your head In the story the lure of the stringful of possibilities - the web -is too great for the invalid of course. This may or may not have not been the first book I read but the first book I remember borrowing from a library (while on holiday at Cowes no less) was Are You My Mother? a tale which boynton found quite disturbing. Perhaps this is why earth moving equipment has always seemed rather other or unearthly ever since.
and in a similar retro vein to Scribbler is the online Spirograph ...the way things come spiralling back...(via twists and turns)
Are you my mother is one of my three year old's current favourites. I have to say that sometimes I really wish I was a steamshovel....
Posted by wen at November 9, 2003 07:26 PM
How bizarre, Boynton. I was just showing my niece and nephew our old 'Spirograph' this afternoon - having not seen it for years! Must show them the on-line version now.
Posted by Nora at November 9, 2003 10:13 PM
Heh heh -that's a classic, Wen.
maybe the book is ripe for a 'de-construction'?
and Nora - I haven't seen the RL Spirograph in years myself. My sister W had it - and used to produce lovely neat spirals. I had a younger version - 'spiro tot?' that was less fussy (sans pins) and I suspect more fun to use. Who knows where all those pieces ended up?
I think the On Line version will do for a while.
Posted by boynton at November 9, 2003 10:50 PM