Aug 6, 2010

Can't Let It Go

Have you ever come across something in your reading that just doesn't quite sit well with you and even though you know it is just a book and that it shouldn't bother you, you just can't quite let it go?

For example, my sons and I are listening to The Graveyeard Book. Great story. Neil Gaiman is an awesome narrator. But, (and this bothered me when I first read it a few years ago) where does Bod shower? How does he keep clean? Does he brush his teeth? I know this shouldn't bother me, but it does and I can't let it go!!


  1. Sometimes, I think about things like that too.
    But maybe there is a creek or pond at the graveyard that we, the readers, don't know about-- and maybe Bod has a little bag of toiletries too.


  2. I do that sometimes too.

    Funny how you can suspend disbelief and accept that he's being raised by ghosts, but not that he doesn't have a bathroom. Perhaps there's a fountain?

  3. Funny. I didn't give this any thought when I listened to this in my car. Gaiman is a great storyteller-I agree. Little boys don't care about cleanliness...?

  4. Ha ha ha ha ha! That's why you're such a great children's librarian, Jana. You are as curious as they are! :-)

    You have been tagged, girlfriend!

  5. I know what you mean. There are some (mainly logistical) things that I sometimes cannot let go of in books. This is a very astute point, and I hadn't actually thought of it while I was reading it. Maybe there is a groundskeepers bathroom still working somewhere?