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100 Scope Notes Top 10 Picture Books


A Fuse #8 Production asked, and I sneak in at the last minute with my reply. Such is my custom, friends (p.s. I’m going to start putting this phrase on t-shirts: it’s the “that’s how I roll” for the bookish set). Way back at the beginning of the month, the previously mentioned Fuse hatched a […]

On Hold @ the Library: March


My goal is to make perfect scrambled eggs. My other goal is to bring you children’s lit information at its most unfiltered. Which books do kids want to read? Just like those perfect eggs, it’s more complex than it may seem. Bestseller lists are biased because it’s usually parents doing the purchasing. It isn’t a […]

'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' Trailer!

When you’re turning a picture book into a movie, you’ve got a unique problem. Lack of content. Normally, movies based on books have to decide what to cut. Picture book movies have to decide what to add. Herein lies the reason that, as the wonderful children’s lit blog A Fuse #8 Production put it, “there […]

ALA + Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! = A Librarian's Dream


Saying that librarians like NPR is like saying Canadians enjoy Tim Horton’s – it’s just too obvious to warrant much mention. Also, please consider me an honorary Canadian – besides the fact that half my extended family lives there, the maple glaze they’ve got going on north of the boarder is the best kept secret […]

'Where The Wild Things Are' Trailer!

Man, if they don’t stop putting out Where The Wild Things Are teasers, people are gonna start thinking that the film may actually be coming to theaters. Take a look at the just-released trailer for the film: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–N9klJXbjQ] Okay, can we all agree that things are looking pretty good? The visuals are certainly encouraging, but […]

Toon Review: Benny and Penny in The Big No-No!


Benny and Penny in The Big No-No! By Geoffrey Hayes TOON Books (RAW Junior) ISBN: 9780979923890 $12.95 Grades K-2 In Stores May 5, 2009 *Recommended* Visit the TOON Books website. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.

Book Review: Creepy Crawly Crime (Joey Fly, Private Eye #1)


Creepy Crawly Crime (Joey Fly, Private Eye #1) By Aaron Reynolds Illustrated by Neil Numberman Henry Holt ISBN: 9780805082425 $16.95 Grades 2-4 In Stores April 14, 2009 Just ask A Tribe Called Quest, who’s 1993 jazz-inspired The Low End Theory is lauded as a hip-hop masterpiece – paying tribute can be a successful route to […]

Nonfiction Monday: Animals Up Close


Animals Up Close By Igor Siwanowicz DK Publishing ISBN: 9780756645137 $19.99 Grades 4 and Up In Stores April 1st, 2009 *Best New Books* Beautiful photography meets high quality facts to create a nonfiction title that everyone should see. Although not the first to offer close-proximity images (Nic Bishop’s work is a recent example), Animals Up […]

Link Du Jour: Skeleton Creek Author Webcast


Skeleton Creek (100 Scope Notes Review), that fun to read, book-meets-online video contraption that was released back in February has been getting pretty positive press. On Monday, author Patrick Carman will be taking part in a webcast (how appropriate) to talk about the book that has every children’s lit blogger (or maybe just me) proclaiming, […]

Book Review: All in a Day


All in a Day By Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by Nikki McClure Abrams Books for Young Readers ISBN: 9780810983212 $17.95 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* All in a Day is a throwback, no question. A simple storyline with gentle, poetic text, a limited color palate of black, blue, and yellow, and bold paper-cut illustrations all add […]

The Scoop: 'Where The Wild Things Are' Movie Poster


The film has been a long time in coming, but it appears that the Spike Jonze directed film adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are will actually be making it to your local movie house. Really. Alright, I’m gonna believe it when it’s entering my eyeballs too, but we’ve got some encouraging news here. Take […]

Book Review: Emma Dilemma and the Camping Nanny


Emma Dilemma By Patricia Hermes Marshall Cavendish ISBN: 9780761455349 $15.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores April 1, 2009 Don’t be fooled. To the untrained observer, it’s easy to assume that children are simply cute, uncomplicated little moppets. This would be an incorrect assumption. Working with students in grades K-6 I can tell you that the uninitiated […]

Video Clip: Gaiman on Colbert


Neil Gaiman appeared on The Colbert Report last night and the expected ridiculousness ensued. Case in point? This faux accusatory statement from Colbert: “You’re originally from England, and this is a John Newbery Medal. You took away a Newbery award away from an American writer!” See how Mr. Gaiman responds by clicking on the video […]

On TV: Neil Gaiman on Colbert Report


*UPDATE* The video clip is now online. Click here to watch. This just in from the 100 Scope Notes Department of Late News: The recently Newbery Medal-bestowed Neil Gaiman will make an appearance on The Colbert Report tonight (3/16/09) at 11:30p.m. ET. Wondering what Mr. Gaiman thought of the experience? Thanks to Twitter, we know: […]

Link Du Jour: Blogs That Clog My Reader (In a Good Way)


I’m talking about my RSS reader (click here if you’re unfamiliar with the term). First off, let me just say that the expression “that really clogs my reader” deserves to be used on a regular basis. Lost your keys? That really clogs my reader. Someone ate the last handful of dried cherries? Now THAT really […]