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Book Review: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook – Junior Edition

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Junior Edition By David Borgenicht and Robin Epstein Illustrated by Chuck Gonzales Chronicle Books ISBN: 9780811860659 $9.95 Grades 4-6 In Stores Youth and embarrassing moments often hold hands. It’s easy to forget how things that would drive us to shut in-ism as adults were regular occurrences in our younger days. […]

Get 'Cha Free Books Heeeaaauuh!

Here at 100 Scope Notes, the end of the month brings feeling of mirth and cordiality. Giving away books tend to have that affect. Below are some books that are free for the taking – all you need to do is email scopenotes@gmail.com to get in on the action. Be sure to include the book […]

Sunday Link Du Jour: March 30, 2008

Booklist does nonfiction. Booklist recently published it’s “Top 10 Series Nonfiction for Youth”. Some of their picks I know well (“Face to Face with Animals”, “Nic Bishop”) and wholeheartedly endorse. There are others that I have yet to get acquainted with – I’ll get started with that. Click the logo below to read the entire […]

What's Sellin': New York Times

This just in: Jeff Foxworthy is on the New York Times bestseller list. That low, methodical banging you hear is called “the doom drum”. To take a look at what else is movin’ units in bookstores nationwide, read on… (click the logo above to see the complete list) PICTURE BOOKS This Week   Weeks On […]

Book Review: Jellaby

Jellaby By Kean Soo Hyperion Books for Children ISBN: 9781423103370 $18.99 Grades 3-7 In Stores *Best New Books* There are graphic novels that stroll in, hit their mark, and bring the GN lover what they’re looking for. The recent “Amulet: The Stonekeeper” comes to mind. If you’re into the genre, you’ll be a fan – […]

2008, Sweet Valley High Style

Click below to take a look at the differences between the original Sweet Valley High series and it’s 2008 re-release. Looks like skinnier and more tech-savvy hijinks to come. (thanks to Gawker for the link)

Hot Off the Press: It's a Ten!

Keeping true to it’s name, Booklist just released a list of books. The title? “Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth”. Let’s see here, “The Arrival”, “Robot Dreams”, “Satchel Paige” – all outstanding. Click the logo below to read the rest of the list. (thanks to Kids’ Comics for the link)

Book Review: The Qwikpick Adventure Society

The Qwikpick Adventure Society By Sam Riddleburger Dial Books for Young Readers ISBN 9780803731783 $16.99 Grades 5-7 In Stores *Recommended* In my youth, I’ve done my fair share of hanging around public places. A friend and I used to be regulars at the local Kmart plaza, eating Nutty Bars and perusing the car care section […]

Getting Smarter with The Times

Jovial Bob Stine? When I first read that R.L. Stine had written joke books in the 70’s and 80’s under that moniker, I seriously thought it was a joke. “Jovial Bob”?! Looking into the matter, it’s true. To read more about R.L. and his plans to exhume the “Goosebumps” series (still a fan favorite in […]

Sunday Link Du Jour: March 23, 2008

Endangered species: Encyclopedia Britannica. Is the print encyclopedia going the way of vinyl? Is it becoming a “niche, luxury item”? The New York Times says “Get’cha turntables ready”. Pretty fascinating reading. Click here to check out the whole story. (Thanks to Blue Skunk Blog for the link) Late Night with Dr. Seuss. Letterman is getting […]

Fourth Wall on the Brain

Seems like I’m not the only one with fourth wall on the dome. I mentioned the concept in my recent review of “Big and Little”, A Fuse #8 Production commented on some wall #4 tearing down in her review of “No! That’s Wrong”, and now there’s a discussion brewing over at the blog Editorial Anonymous. […]

Hollywood Inside Report: The Who is Heard

Movie versions of kids books can be a double edged sword. One one side, a silver screen adaptation is a sure bet for generating interest in the book. On the other hand – the movie is usually no good. A shame really. If you haven’t yet seen “Horton Hears a Who”, take a gander at […]

Book Review: X-Men Power Pack

X-Men Power Pack: Leader of the Pack Mind Over Matter By Marc Sumerak Illustrated by Guri Hiru Marvel/Spotlight ISBN: 9781599612218, 9781599612225 $21.35 Grades 3-6 In Stores When I was a youngster, the idea of comic books in the library was pretty much unimaginable to me. Not that I wasn’t hoping they would appear. Right around […]

Year of Kadir Continues

I know it kinda just started, but Kadir Nelson is having a pretty solid Aught 8 already. In January, the Nelson-illustrated “Henry’s Freedom Box” was recognized by the ALSC as being awesome when they slapped a Caldecott Honor medal on the cover. Decent way to ease into the new year. For his next trick, Mr. […]

Book Review: Ellie McDoodle – Have Pen, Will Travel

Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel By Ruth McNally Barshaw Bloomsbury Children’s Books ISBN 9781582347455 $11.95 Grades 4-6 In Stores *Best New Books* An Important Business Man runs into another Important Business Man on Wall Street: I.B.M. 1: So, have you heard about the story/illustration merger? I.B.M. 2: Yes, yes, but that’s only affecting teens. […]