what i really like is how every single parental figure harry has had (besides his dead parents) has been shown to be incredibly flawed. this is something that you rarely see in any book, let alone a children’s series. 

you have hagrid who loves harry so so so much but also isnt the smartest of men and often gets too emotional to use the logic that he does have. he loves so passionately, that he refuses to see the bad in anyone (mainly because of the prejudice he has faced). this doesn’t bode well for harry because of the constant accidental slips of information and his undying loyalty to dumbledore and any other character he finds to be admirable. 

molly who loves harry as one of her own, but smothers him desperately. she is so protective of harry that at times she almost sees him as her property (“he’s not your son”, “he’s as good as!”). she coddles him immensely, and even though he has seen tragedy and death more times than she could ever imagine, she still treats him as if he is a wounded stray in need of her biscuits and warmth. 

dumbledore who acted as if he viewed harry as his equal, only to be raising him for slaughter. dumbledore who let harry live in an abusive home and go through these horrors, just to shape him into this perfect martyr. dumbledore who viewed harry as a chess piece, making sure that he stays alive long enough to vanquish the dark lord. 

sirius, who loved harry more than anything in the world. sirius who broke out of azkaban and stayed inside his old home that constantly reminded him of his past, the aspect of himself he never wanted to confront. sirius, who saw so much of james in harry. sirius who never got the revenge he craved, but now he has his best friend back…well, a version of his best friend. sirius who grew cold towards his godson whenever he didn’t act exactly like his father would have. 

remus, who saw and understood the nightmares that harry had to face. remus who didn’t see harry as his mother or father, but as a child who was forced to grow up far too fast to face things no human should ever have to face. remus, though he loved harry, could never truly be there for him. remus who was so riddled with his own self-hatred that he could never allow himself to get close to harry, the way he knew harry needed him to. 

arthur, who was a humble man who stood up for what was right. he too saw harry as one of his sons. arthur, who despite his social standing did his hardest to provide a good life for his family. arthur who too often worried that harry would end up dead, and that he would bring one of his other children down with him. arthur who loved harry, but secretly feared what having harry potter in his life would do to his own. 

tog aesthetics

Aelin: relentless persistence, gut impulses, knee-high boots, sideways smirks, gilded mirrors, revenge plots, ancient voices, heavy pendants

Rowan: crossed arms, the calm chill of winter, jagged rocks, morning mist, pale colours, soundless walking, faded lines, patterns drawn in frost

Aedion: blazing heat, silver armour, wolves in the wild, mountain peaks, acting before thinking, slamming doors, hair brushing your shoulders

Lysandra: cat eyes, smudged soot, clandestine meetings, wearing layers, self-discovery, brassy instruments, false trails, beautiful scars, filigree

Chaol: towers of stone, set jaws, lined paper, swearing fealty, sparring, hourglasses, traditions, making lists, buckles and pins, horseback

Dorian: cracking open a book, salt water, deep breathing, quiet anger, dripping candles, new years resolutions, deep blues, boat rides

Nesryn: the smell of pastries, long cloaks, the feel of leather on skin, playing darts, minimalism, high collars, flags in the wind, trust falls

Nehemia: elaborate headdresses, contrasting colours, wisdom, arched ceilings, sacrifices, henna tattoos, intricate braids, gauzy curtains

Manon: flakes of gold, poison, black tipped feathers, adrenaline, wind like daggers, sharpened teeth, sisterhood, repressed memories

Elide: high towers, midnight hair, linens, resignation, tally marks, diagrams in ink, family trees, weeping willows, concentric circles, orchestral music


(from Choose Your Own Adventure #44: The Mystery of Ura Senke, 1985)

“WANTED: Illustrator for popular children’s book series.  Competitive page rates.  Must be able to draw a yakuza assassin strangling a young boy.”

d0llblood asked:

do you have any fics where someone refers to Steve or Bucky as "your boy" when talking to either Steve or Bucky? That's rlly odd and specific but I just really love it

I got you covered

The Amazing Adventures of Bucky Barnes by nouvellenouveau

Steven G. Rogers writes and illustrates the Amazing Adventures series, a set of super obscure children’s books about superheroes. Bucky’s daughter thinks these books are the best thing to grace the earth since hot chocolate. Unfortunately, they’re nearly impossible to find. But when Nat asks for a signed copy of the new book for her birthday, Bucky promises to do whatever he can to make it happen.

It all sort of escalates from there.

Following the Map that Leads to You by Squeaky

When Steve was young, his mother taught him that you could find your soulmate by thinking of your soulmarks and pointing at a map. But she never told him what to do if you met your soulmate - and then lost him.

Lucky for Steve, Clint won’t leave this kind of shit alone.

Snickerdoodles Are the Way to Steve’s Heart by HMSLusitania

Steve can’t help but be a little annoyed when Natasha signs him up for a cooking class - a couple’s cooking class. At least, he’s annoyed until he meets the instructor, who might just be the most attractive man Steve has ever laid eyes on.

Featuring chef!Bucky, bitterly single Steve, and their meddling friends.

I needed to tell this idea to someone, because I can't make it happen

I need to tell someone this idea, and I thought I could tell you because you have a lot of reach when it comes to the Tumblr-Paleo community.I can’t do it myself because I don’t have the knowledge or the story telling power- maybe the drawing power, but that’s about it.

Ok, so with that out of the way- I’ll get started.

My idea is a children’s book series (I was hoping for cheesy children’s show, but that’d be MORE impossible) that features 2-4 young/teenage protagonists that through some magic or science get sent back further and further in time.

At first, they end up in an era just before man-kind started using stone tools, and start describing the fauna in the area in detail, and what each animal ate and how paleontologists thought they lived. I don’t know where they should be, though- in Africa or the Americas.

But instead of going forward in time to current day as an ending, they are ‘sucked’ back in time yet again to each era.

One story I had was the protagonists finding a group (herd?) of Protoceratops in the late cretaceous, which obviously gets attacked by one or more (fully feathered!)velociraptors which then loose and are chased off, but instead of “yeah! those pesky Dromaeosaurids are gone!” one of the protagonists would feel sorry for them and maybe give them a slice of ham from a sandwich because “they were only hungry”- trying to get rid of the underdog stigma that many predators face today, because things that eat other cute things are inherently evil because reasons.

eventually through many eras (not just the usual three, but going through late middle early of the ‘main trio’ that everyone is familiar with, as well as Permian, Devonian etc..) they get to the earliest life. I don’t actually know what kind of plot could be constructed there, but after that, the series ends, and woo-hoo we taught kids proper paleontology and not pseudo-science!

Like I said, I don’t have the abilities to do this thing on my own, even though I would love to give it a try.
I’m an artist, but not an illustrator and can’t really type a decent story.
So I’m giving it to the paleo-tumblr community to try and create. 

A new story from Beatrix Potter will be published this September. A publisher discovered the almost-finished story, which features a cat in boots named Miss Catherine St Quintin, at the Victoria and Albert Museum archives. For a humorous take on modern children’s books, check out our own Jacob Lambert’s series Are Picture Books Leading Our Children Astray?

Warriors was a great children’s book series. Such child friendly material. Cats fighting eachother to the death, a sociopath cat who overthrew a leader and drove her insane, another who wore a necklace of claws and teeth of the animals he’d killed. Cat hell becoming real. Scarring everyone with FROSTFUR THE CINNAMON ROLL’S DEATH. HOW COULD YOU ERIN HUNTER? WE TRUSTED YOU WITH ONE JOB AND YOU GIVE THAT KIND OF DEATH TO FROSTFUR? HOW DARE YOU.

#februarybookchallenge day one: books with 🐍. Apparently it’s national serpent day which means we should send congratulations to @coltnicastro
And @isabees.

The fact that these happen to be the second installments in very well loved children’s book series and they both involve some type of room where scaly reptiles are kept is kind of interesting.

                                                       To Beatrice—
                                                darling, dearest, dead.



I had the pleasure of working with Sony Pictures to promote The Goosebumps Movie with Jack Black. Goosebumps is released in the UK this week so here’s my Where’s The Creature? Game illustration I created for the online game.

See the full project here

Rod Hunt was commissioned by digital agency The Flock to illustrate ‘Where’s The Creature?’ the online game to promote the release of Goosebumps staring Jack Black, an upcoming 2015 American comedy horror fantasy film directed by Rob Letterman and written by Mike White and Darren Lemke. It is based on the children’s book series of the same name by R. L. Stine. The film stars Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell and Ryan Lee.

Rod created a hightly detailed high school Halloween dance scene that contains the residents of the town, the kids who attend the high school and their teachers, with creatures from the film dispersed and hidden amongst them. The scene was then developed as an online game. Can you find Slappy The Dummy, Clarissa The Witch, The Lawn Gnomes, Murder The Clown, Madame Doom, Captain Long Ben One-Leg, The Executioner, The Haunted Mask and the all the other creatures?

Play the game online at

Illustration © Rod Hunt 2016

A Few of My Favorite Books

In this blog post on my new book blog, I talk about my favorite books. Read it and share!

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me well that I love books. Obviously, or this site wouldn’t exist. In my twenty-two years of life, I’ve read a lotof books. I’ve read more books than I can remember, and more books than are on my bookshelves. Over the years, there have been books that have made an everlasting impression on me, and some that I honestly can’t even remember reading. However, this…

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Hey guys, if anyone knows of any books or series in the children or 10-13 age range that feature animal protagonists, wanna throw me a message? Ones I already know about and have read:

Silverwing series

Guardians of Ga’Hoole

Watership Down

Plague Dogs

Deptford Mice