25 October 2011

Books and Bugs


sandalwood treeA publicist sent me a book last spring, a book that I read, and rather liked, and then I never wrote about it, and now I feel bad because the author is DEAD. Anyway, I did like it, and it's called The Sandalwood Tree, and it's set in India, in two different eras (1947 and 1857) and it's a little bit mystery and a little bit love story and a little bit sub-continent Indian history, and I read it at the same time that I was reading The Secret Garden aloud to my kid, and of course the girl protagonist in The Secret Garden was an orphan who spent her early years in India and there was some odd resonance for me reading them both at the same time. So there you have it. I'm sorry Elle Newmark died before I got around to reading her book.


In a fit of something or another, I signed up to do a Halloween party with glow-in-the-dark Zombie Hexbugs. We've had a huge amount of fun with the Hexbugs; they're a completely silly fun toy (even though they have batteries) and the cats are totally amused by them and I wish I had a better camera because watching the glow-in-the-dark bugs on the glow-in-the-dark track is kind of mesmerizing (and completely impossible to photograph with my iPhone). And when I say "we", I mean kids and grown-ups, friends and family, in addition to cats, have been enjoying them.

They also sent along some Hexbug Larvae - cunning little bugs with sensors that make them run away from things. Really, it's kind of amazing to think about the technology that goes into a TOY. You'd think we'd have figured out wireless electricity by now.

Next up, Banks.

Disclosure: We received all the above mentioned stuff from various different publicists. No one paid me to write about any of it; guilt, though, forced me to.


Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

Oh my goodness. I hadn't seen the larvae before. My daughter would LOVE those.

Few years back my son got a toy which was basically a build-it-yourself hexbug. From Elenco. If you're at all into electronics, Elenco is the place to look. (No I don't work for them : )

leanne said...

The Hexbugs look AWESOME. Now to find a reason to justify buying them... aha! Christmas presents for the kids (or our cats?).

alejna said...

The book sounds like something I would enjoy. I miss reading books for fun...And the Hexbugs also sound like something we'd like. I admit that I like how compact they are. (Our house is being overrun by bulky toys.)

Janet said...

I think I saw those at the mall the other day...is that possible? I saw small, cute, colorful. Hmmm...

New blog, btw: http://fondofdinner.blogspot.com/2011/10/dinner-with-dave.html

FreshHell said...

We have a couple of those hexbugs around. The cat is less excited about them than we feel he should be.