On the children's desk at the library I get all kinds of questions. It's like a box of chocolates...and sometimes it is the earnest, deadpan seriousness of our youngest guests that make for the most interesting conversations.
Very small patron: I'm looking for a movie like Dinosaur King. Do you have anything else in that series?
I look it up on my computer to discover that "Dinosaur King Volcanic Panic" was the only one in our collection from that series.
Me: We have other dinosaur movies you might be interested in, though. Land Before Time, Ice Age, that kind of thing. Should I check to see if any of those are available?
Very small patron: Land Before Time.....hmmmm. I'm just not sure if I'm ready for that yet. Does it have an active volcano in it?
Have you ever tried not to laugh and know that eye contact with anyone will crumble your resolve? That's what happened when this tiny little girl said this completely seriously to me. I glanced at her mom and we both had to look away because we were going to lose it. The randomness of it just struck us as pretty funny.
Me: I'm not sure how active the volcanoes are. Your other dinosaur movie had a volcano. Is that what makes you know that you don't want any more movies with volcanoes?
Very small patron: Well...just not SUPER active. I don't think I want to see a VERY active volcano.
Me: Okay. Got it. I bet we can find just the thing.
And so we did.