006089946801_aa180_sclzzzzzzz_ON SALE NOW

Our new book for kids, "Baseball!: Q &A," part of a series jointly published by HarperCollins and the Smithsonian, went on sale yesterday, in paperback and hardcover/library editions.

Fellow brought a copy to school today - he demanded we donate it to his classroom's library - so hopefully we'll have some road-test responses from his little pals soon. As for you, readers, if your five-to-nine-year-old is curious about our national pastime, and you have $6.99 burning a hole in your pocket, step up to the plate.

070207_easybake_vlwidec WE'RE JUST HAPPY WE GOT TINY GIRL THE HOLLY HOBBIE CONVECTION OVEN INSTEAD

Hasbro is recalling a staggering 985,000 Easy-Bake Ovens after a series of mishaps with the product's new design injured 29 children, leaving some of them burned. Newsweek reports that things went bad when the company replaced the oven's traditional 100-watt bulb with a new heating system, clearly angering the Gods of Nostalgia.

(If you have one of the products, don't come crying to us. Click here for more recall details.)

ON THE OTHER HAND (NO PUN INTENDED. . .)

CBS News' Public Eye blogger throws a bucket of cold water on the study released earlier this week that said our children were being bombarded with "ambush porn" (ambush porn!?) whenever they went searching on the Web:

. . . . consider the "ambush porn" story from a common sense perspective. If you're reading this, you presumably spend a decent amount of time online. Are you constantly being "bombarded" with unwanted pornography? I'm not. That doesn't mean that it doesn't happen. [But] the default search setting on Google is a "safesearch," which filters explicit images. And most kids, having grown up with the Internet, are much more Web savvy than their parents. They are relatively knowledgeable about how to avoid ads — pornographic or otherwise — that they don't want to see. So why is the study getting so much attention? Because it fits into a classic news template: The your-children-are-in-peril story. . . .

We'd disagree only in that we felt the item actually fit into the classic blog template: The joke-about-porn-on-a-parenting-site story. . .

Wrywheel WE PLAY A SIMILAR GAME IN OUR HOME: WHENEVER THE BABY NEEDS A BOTTLE OR DIAPER, WE SPIN THE WHEEL, AND WHICHEVER PARENT IS AWAKE HELPS HIM OUT

The slogan for "The Wheel of Responsibility" is "Stay Un-Divorced!"

Maybe because it provides couples with a common enemy. . . ?



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