My kids saw the illustration for the Krog story, and wanted to know what it was about. So I gave them the 2-minute version.
Both the 8 year old and her 5 year old sister giggled at the thought that anyone would actually build something that doesn't work and isn't needed. "That's silly, Daddy! Why would they do that?"
And my dramatically inclined 8 year old pointed out that the story would have been better if, after the spaceship program was canceled, an enemy space ship appeared out of nowhere and started shooting.
The kid knows dramatic endings with a twist, what can I say? I can't wait to see what sort of stuff she'll write as she gets older.