I know I’m not turning five again any time soon, but I think this is a brilliant idea:

“I told each of the mamas of the party guests…that we have more than enough toys and other stuff in our home already.  For this party, I invited each of them to send their daughters with a wrapped book for a book exchange. 
In other words, everyone brings a book and everyone goes home with a book.”

(found here)

I’d take this for a birthday party, girls’ night, baby shower…in fact, I’d forgotten until now that I asked for books for my wedding shower, and loved getting them!

I just finished reading this book, and while it got a bit tricky reading the last chapters, it was very cleverly written and I was surprised I’d never heard of it before. It’s got the feel of a classic to it – and for all I know, it is a classic!

It’s the story of a small fictional island off the east coast of the States. Their most prominent citizen was Nevin Nollop, the creator of the panagram, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Letters of the sentence begin to fall from Nollop’s statue, and the island’s Council decides that this is the will of Nollop, who becomes more or less a deity in the eyes of the elders. The letters are banned from speech and writing, and the Council moves towards totalitarianism.

The letters written between islanders become more clever and desperate as letters continue to fall, until all that’s left are the letters LMNOP (sound it out). Dunn’s ending is impressive – you’ll have to read it yourself!


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