Our Barbary Coast book-dealing friend brought us Richard Wilbur‘s charming kids’ book A Pig in the Spigot (which, like much early Dr. Seuss, is really pretty sophisticated wordplay and designed to appeal more to adults), and as we were reading it this morning, we got to the devil page, in which the guy with the horns and the cape marauds through Mandeville, Louisiana. Since, as you know, I’m trying not to neglect Thing One’s Judeo-Christian cultural literacy, I made sure to point out to Thing One, “That guy is the devil!”

“He is!” said Thing One.

“He’s Christian,” I added.

“Yeah!” said Thing One.