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One exception: Comic strips virtually never employ periods at the ends of sentences. It's exclamation points or nothing. ) There is also a third element: those short, hand-lettered student papers. Any scientific information that doesn't fit comfortably into the main narrative or in the cartoon dialogue can easily be popped into these little themes. It was a clever idea, back in 1986, to use eleven of them in the first Magic Bus book. But to have twenty-seven of them in Lost in the Solar System!

R. R. Tolkien and E. B. White. Here were the Page xiv absolutely famous. Let's see how much lesser the others were. The format of the quiz was simple. By each of the nineteen titles I drew two little boxes. If a student had heard of the book, he or she checked the first box. If they had actually read it, they also checked the second. The whole quiz took about a minute. Four students had cut class that day, so I got a nice, round, statistically impressive fifty answers. These answers so surprised me that I decided to check them, and make sure Dartmouth students aren't a bibliological anomaly.

Obviously this is so as to present minimal area to the rain. In the second, J. Crow has arrived and is proffering an umbrella on his outstretched wings, while the Crane bends gratefully down to take it. In the third, the Crane is speeding down a wet garden path with umbrella open, while Johnny sprints along behind, probably getting soaked. Then there is the Stork, giving a Philosophic Talk to a Page 4 somewhat mutinous audience, the Whale telling a story so long and dull that his audience gradually dwindles to just Johnny, and finally the Fox locks all the guests into the kind of open-air pillory known as a stocks.

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