This book of cautionary tales has languished on the Express Shelf of the library for weeks while more modestly titled books alongside it have whizzed off the shelf in days.
How to explain popularity?
How does it feel to be wall-flowered?
What’s that do to a book’s ego?
What’s not to like in the title, ‘Cautionary Tales for Excitable Girls’?
I was half tempted to borrow it myself except it would only confirm the chief librarian’s opinion of me.
I tried to imagine what one of these tales would be called, what it would be about, even how one of them would begin, but I just couldn’t. Can you?