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On Hold @ the Library: April


We’re back with the second installment of On Hold @ the Library, my humble attempt to bring you the books that kids are asking for. Each month I vow to show you photographic evidence of the hold shelf at one of the school libraries where I work. Last month we looked at the 5th and […]

Book Review: Chicken and Cat Clean Up


Chicken and Cat Clean Up By Sara Varon Scholastic Press ISBN: 9780439634083 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Visit Sara Varon’s website. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.

Photo: A Band for Librarians


When I started this rambling mess of a blog back in the golden days of ’07 I had a strict “No Pets” policy. The problem? I didn’t, and still don’t, have any pets. Really, the “No Pets” decree was just a promise to myself that I would only post items directly related to children’s lit. […]

Nonfiction Monday: Dinosaurs in Your Backyard


Dinosaurs in Your Backyard By Hugh Brewster Illustrated by Alan Barnard Abrams Books for Young Readers ISBN: 9780810970991 $15.95 Grades 2-4 In Stores *Recommended* I had heard about feral (see: wild) cats before last spring, but I didn’t take much notice until I discovered a pack of them living in my backyard. Nowadays, if you’re […]

Link Du Jour: Dark Materials Covers Redesigned


Artist M.S. Corley, he who likes giving the retro Penguin Classic treatment to popular children’s book covers (as evidenced by his recent Harry Potter reworkings), is at it again. This time Mr. Corley sets his sights on Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. While these covers will not be on shelves (which is probably a […]

Eric Carle in Newsweek


While I feel the whole “Dark Side” headline is a bit misleading, this Newsweek article does provide a peek into Eric Carle’s not-always-sunny background. Click below to read:

ALA Most Freqently Challenged Books 2008


Reporting (and I use that term very loosely) on the most challenged books is like reporting the contents of my lunch bag – ain’t much changing. The American Library Association recently released their annual challenged books list, and there are a lot of familiar faces. Let’s take a look at the top five: And Tango […]

Book Review: Duck! Rabbit!


Duck! Rabbit! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld Chronicle Books ISBN: 9780811868655 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Best New Books* To see a children’s book author in the pocket is a beautiful thing. I think you know what I mean. The creativity and talent are flowing, making each release a cause for excitement. […]

Ye Olde Scope Notes: Cover Controversy


(Waving a rickety old cane in the air) I’m not naming any names, but it appears that the author of this here web log thinks it’s pretty fascinatin’ when he finds two book covers that resemble each other, as if he just invented the latest in automatic garment laundering devices! Well dust jacket contention is […]

Book Review: Chicken Butt!


Chicken Butt! By Erica S. Perl Illustrated by Henry Cole Abrams Books for Young Readers ISBN: 9780810983250 $12.92 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* So here’s the question: How do you feel about a raucous storytime? Are you pro or con? Cause that’s what you’re going to have if you pull this one out during read-aloud. […]

Nonfiction Monday: A Mirror to Nature


A Mirror to Nature By Jane Yolen Photographs by Jason Stemple Wordsong ISBN: 9781590786246 $17.95 Grades 4-6 In Stores First, a visual aid: You ever seen one of these? This type of mirror trick has become a science museum mainstay for a reason – manipulating reflection often forces you to look at things in a […]

Link Du Jour: A.C. Slater, Author


I’ve been waiting for this day all my life, and I didn’t even know it. One Albert Clifford Slater (Mario Lopez) will soon be releasing his first children’s picture book. Click here to head over to Publishers Weekly and read all about it. One more thing. It has been my dream to one day post […]

Video Clip: In the Studio w/ Mark Teague


There are certain authors and illustrators in the children’s lit world that consistently produce work of such high quality that their reputations precede them. No question, Mark Teague is one such person. He is one of my favorite children’s book illustrators, and his forays into the authorial realm are also first-rate. I’m not a doctor, […]

Book Review: The Potato Chip Puzzles: The Puzzling World of Winston Breen


The Potato Chip Puzzles: The Puzzling World of Winston Breen By Eric Berlin G. P. Putnam’s Sons ISBN: 9780399251986 $16.99 Grades 4-6 In Stores *Recommended* A Choose Your Own Review You pick up The Potato Chip Puzzles, sequel to The Puzzling World of Winston Breen. If you have read The Puzzling World of Winston Breen, […]

Unfortunate Covers (#9)


The 3rd entry in the (nonexistent) 100 Scope Notes Encyclopedia of Children’s Lit defines an Unfortunate Cover as such: A book that is held in high literary esteem, but features cover artwork which detracts from overall shelf appeal. Just for the record, encyclopedia entry #2 was for “Reese’s Eggs” (added at 3:30 p.m. on Easter […]