Meine Blaues Wünder, reading der Räuber Hotzenplotz
So as a first step to understanding the German language I decided to start reading German children's story books and to my luck I began with the very interesting story by the Otfried Preußler called the 'Räuber Hotzenplotz' . A humorous sneak peak into the stories that German children grew up reading, I am somewhat able to compensate in a 'kharmaic' way my childhood desire to read a lot of story books. Reading 'der Räuber Hotzenplotz', has opened up my mind into a place and time where magic is real and magical people exist in a more than human normal. In this world lives Der Räuber, Hotzenplotz, self named as the robber, who is somewhat an unlikable but likable villain and strays over the rigid lines of 'good and evil' bringing out of the shadows the human side of deviancy . Hotentzplotz iconic introductory act of robbing the 'Oma's' beloved 'Kaffeemühler' (coffee pot), is the first part of a three part saga that puts the 'heroes' or somewhat 'victims' Kasperl and Seppel into a world of adventure, short term slavery, magic and unexpected surprise encounters along the way. Each chapter with its own set of illustrations creates an exciting pace for middle to good German readers . With a lot of past tense 'prateritum', its good to constantly reflect on the structure of the sentences while also noting down mentally how the illustrious characters interact and reflect on situations.