Exchange at the Children’s desk today:
Kid: Excuse me, can you find me the book The Children The Series?
Me: the what?
Kid: The Children The Series
Me: (scratching head, and starting to type into search box to play for time) Um, hmm… okay so the title starts with the words The Children?
Me: … and then what’s the next word?
Kid: The Series.
Me: Are you looking for a series of books called The Children?
Kid: No, I just want one book called The Children The Series.
Me: (typing the whole improbable sounding title into Google) Well, maybe there is a series that is called The Children The… (I stop, seeing what I have typed, and suddenly it all snaps together in my head.)
Me: (happier, elated, that I know [i hope] what he really wants) Oh you want the children’s Thesaurus!
Kid: (relieved yet still serious face) Yeah, that’s what I want. The Children The Series.