(Strip Number 1095, Original Publication Date, 11 October 1986)
Panel 1: Elizabeth asks Daddy to lookit the autumn leaves she an'Mike brought in because each one is diff'rent an'there are even some they don't recognize.
Panel 2: She then says that Mike says that they hafta use the encyclopedias.
Panel 3: John is happy that Michael is getting out the encyclopedias because he thinks that the thousand bucks on them he spent is finally coming in handy.
Panel 4: When he finds out that the kids are using the $1,000 set of books for pressing leaves, he goes all gobsmacked.
Summary: He should not be because there's a factor he doesn't know about that has dedicated herself to destroy any interest the children might have in reading. Said factor has made the library a no-Patterchild zone and screams a blue streak when children don't handle books to her satisfaction.