Nine kinds of pie (from Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon)

In Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955), the title character – using his crayon – “laid out a nice simple picnic lunch.  There was nothing but pie.  But there were all nine kinds of pie that Harold liked best.”  In that spirit, this blog features my many and varied obsessions.  Children’s books.  Music.  Comics.  Humor.  Fighting the rise of fascist autocracy.  Ideas of all sizes and shapes.  Musings on life in academe, often coupled with some advice.

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The NiblingsAs of February 21 2013, Nine Kinds of Pie is part of The Niblings, a consortium of four children’s literature blogs: Betsy Bird’s A Fuse #8 Production, Julie Walker Danielson’s Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Travis Jonker’s 100 Scope Notes, and (obviously) this one. As of February 2015, The Niblings expanded to include Minh Lê’s Bottom Shelf Books and Mitali Perkins’ Mitali’s Fire Escape (Mitali left the group in November 2017).

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For more on our group (and the origin of its name), we each made an inaugural announcement.  Since the group was Jules’s idea, you might read hers first.  (Mine is very similar to Jules’s.  Betsy‘s includes a Voltron reference.  And Travis‘s is admirably succinct.)

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