This is decidedly non-tech/style, but I’m feeling nostalgic today and happened to stumble across some storybooks that had been a huge part of my childhood. These are all bonafide classics, though you might not be as familiar with them as, say, Where the Wild Things Are (now out on DVD/Blu-Ray, by the way!) or Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Possible movies in the making?

The Funny Little Woman might be my favorite of the bunch for its food angle. It tells the story of an old woman skilled at making rice dumplings who, while chasing a fallen rice dumpling rolling across the floor, is captured by a group of underground creatures known as the Oni. Frightening yet appetizing, much like Super Size Me. Actually, I think I might have been alone in that.

Lon Po Po is just as described: “a Red-Riding Hood Story from China.” The Wolf dressed as Grandma is the familiar aspect, but there are three girls instead of one and their interaction helps lend the traditional Red Riding Hood tale a bit more complexity. The accompanying beautiful watercolors of author and illustrator Ed Young also go a long way in establishing a totally unique tone.

Tikki Tikki Tembo is the book with the best name on this list. The title is a shortened version of the main character’s name: Tikki Tikki Tembo-No Sa Rembo-Chari Bari Ruchi-Pip Perri Pembo. What? The more-than-a-mouthful moniker causes the boy’s brother (named simply Chang…yeah, parents are weird) a lot of problems trying to call for help when Tikki Tikki Tembo tumbles down a well. If you have a sibling with an awkward name and you live near a well/river/ravine, there’s a lot of lessons to learn here. Anyway, take a look for some of these the next time you’re browsing books and in the mood to re-capture some of that childlike spirit through the lens of a different culture.

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