I went to Simon’s school today to read with his classmates and then stayed through recess to eat lunch with him too. Simon and his friends played a game, and as far as I could tell the rules go something like this: you’re either a gorilla or a lava princess, or sometimes there’s a lava king. If the lava princess touches you, you lay down on the ground until someone else touches you. If you get touched ten times, you get some of the lava princess’s powers, which include turning the ground into lava and/or cutting off one of your arms so you have to be a gorilla with just one arm.
I asked Simon what was the deal with gorillas — why gorillas and not rhinoceroses, for example? “I don’t make the rules,” he told me, “you’ll have to ask Trey.”