Beatrix Potter’s birthday is definitely a day worth celebrating. She was such a cool lady—a scientific naturalist as well as a children’s book author—and her drawings were both realistic and expressive.
As kids, Peter Rabbit was a favorite for many of us. But there was always something that bothered us: all that food Peter Rabbit turned down in order to risk his life for lettuces, French beans, and radishes. French beans and radishes! Come on, those aren’t even the good vegetables! They’re not worth risking your life for.
Let's go back through the story and see how many easily accessible food opportunities Peter Rabbit missed.
When Mila Kunis’ character says, “Let’s be bad moms,” in the Bad Moms trailer, she’s not talking neglect-your-kids bad. What she means is, “Let’s stop trying so hard to attain perfection.” Which is totally understandable.
But when you turn the question of “bad”-ness to the moms of literature, there are definitely mother characters for whom bringing doughnut holes to their kid’s event is a level of kindness they’ll never attain. Let’s take a look at those moms who might be considered legit bad…or just misunderstood.
The female version of Ghostbusters is hitting theaters this week, and we at Quirk are getting stoked. So stoked, in fact, that we’ve prolonged the thought experiment. What other campy movies would we flock to again, just to see the genders reversed? Here are our top picks.
Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion
It’s the birthday of Frank L. Baum, and what better way to commemorate The Wizard of Oz author than to imagine ourselves in Oz, ruby-slippers and all?
And for those of you who have done more than watch the Judy Garland movie by reading the books, you know the Land of Oz gets way weirder than a bunch of munchkins and a city where everything is green. If you want to experience the real, gritty, Technicolor Oz, here are some destination spots that are off the beaten, yellow-brick-road.
The Country of the Quadlings
It’s here! Finally—the part of spring where it’s safe to plant perennials and transfer your little veggie stalks outside without having to worry about frost killing it all (probably). But do you feel like your garden needs a geeky touch to reflect your personality more? We’ve scoured the internet for garden geekery for you to choose from.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this googling exercise, it’s that the internet is full of garden gnomes. And many of them are geeky.
When Where the Wild Things Are first came out, parents (and some librarians and reviewers) famously denounced it for being too scary for children. It took kids flocking to the book to prove that grown-ups were the real wimps—kids could handle way more darkness than adults thought.
It’s funny to think about that now, if you know about the rest of Sendak’s books. Many of them are so deliciously creepy that they make the Wild Things look downright cute.
So today, on Sendak’s birthday, we declare our love for Sendak’s darker moments with this list of five even creepier Sendak books, counting down to Most Morbid.
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