Pez Dispensers

Pez Dispensers

You know the saying–You are what you eat. I believe the same holds true for what we place in our brain. Our ideas, choices, and actions are directly molded by our influences.

We’re like giant Pez dispensers spitting out what has been placed inside of us. The ideas may not be as easy to see as a pink sugar tablet popping out of Tweety Bird’s mouth, but they’re there, living behind the scenes, like a heartbeat.

And of all the influences out there, I believe the most powerful is still a book. Books are like the superheroes of our brain diet. In fact, their mind control can be so strong, book jackets should come with a warning.

Beware : The following contents might make you stand up to oppressive people for the rest of your days.


Caution: The ideas in this book will pick your future husband.

Of course, the warning would depend on the book and would save the reader a lot of time and energy. Let’s face it, how many of us feel compelled to finish a book regardless of what we think of it.

This is why, my fellow Pez dispensers, being on a strict diet of children’s literary fiction, I have decided to open my vault and share with you some of my favorites.

But take heed: The master writers in my collection might make you laugh, cry, and view the world as a kinder, more beautiful place.

* Due to time restraints and my apparent harboring resentment for writing book reports, I’ve decided to simply list some of my favorite books rather than write a review. This is a fluid list. So check back often.
Room One–A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
Jeremy Fink And The Meaning Of Life by Wendy Mass
Lexie by Audrey Couloumbis


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. T. L. Sumner
    Aug 29, 2013 @ 02:44:13

    I agree wholeheartedly and what a great analogy. Great post, Colleen.


  2. D. A. Bennett
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 01:09:49

    Your take on life is good for the soul. You make me smile.


  3. colleenbennett
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 16:44:44

    Thanks, T.L. and D.A. I appreciate your kind feedback!


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