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Link Du Jour: Children’s (Face)Book

Jezebel Children's Books

On Wednesday I posted the trailer for Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, a TV movie update of the classic children’s book. Website Jezebel decided to update some other kids books for the 21st century. Some titles don’t need changing (The Twits), some actually exist (Little Blog on the Prairie), and some just had to be […]

Toon Review: Smile by Raina Telgemeier


Smile By Raina Telgemeier Graphix (Scholastic) ISBN: 9780545132060 $10.99 Grades 5-8 In Stores *Best New Books* Review copy purchased. Watch the Smile book trailer: Also reviewed by Kids Lit, Abby (the) Librarian, Chasing Ray, Good Comics for Kids, Oops…Wrong Cookie, Comicsgirl. You can win a copy of Smile by submitting your most embarrassing dentist office […]

Cover Controversy: It’s a Secret


I have a new cover I want to show you. It kinda follows a trend. But it’s a surprise. Click here to take a look. Thanks for your time. (Thanks to Abigail from Hedgehog Librarian for the lead)

Morning Notes: Common Sense Edition

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‘MAGIC UNDER GLASS’ GETS NEW COVER Bloomsbury caught a good dose of criticism last month over the whitewashed cover of Jaclyn Dolamore’s Magic Under Glass. They decided to give it another shot. Here is the new cover: To these eyes, a considerable improvement. Click here to visit Charlotte’s Library for a more thorough discussion. BATTLE […]

Review: Meanwhile by Jason Shiga


Meanwhile By Jason Shiga Amulet Books ISBN: 9780810984233 $15.95 Grades 4-7 In Stores *Best New Books* I have a problem. I’m not sure what to do when faced with a book like Meanwhile – a choose-your-own-adventure-style graphic novel. How do you review a book without a set beginning, middle, and end? How do you approach […]

Nonfiction Monday Photo Diary: Weeding Biographies

Weeded Biographies

What do Michael Jordan, Houdini, and John F. Kennedy all have in common? They all were recently weeded from the 5th and 6th grade school where I work. Now, don’t send angry electronic letters – none of these famous figures have been completely removed (although I can’t say the same for Chris Mullin). No, they […]

R.L. Stine Phones It In

R.L. Cover

College Humor recently posted a series of satirical covers based on R.L. Stine’s hugely successful (and still circulating like wildfire in my libraries) Goosebumps series. Good for a couple, two, three laughs. Click here to take a look. (Thanks to Buzzfeed for the link)

Link Du Jour: A Library Without Books

Library Without Books NYT

Similar to the Zack/Jessie vs. Slater/Kelly showdown in the “Dancing to the Max” episode of Saved by the Bell, this whole print vs. ebook debate just gets more and more intriguing doesn’t it? The New York Times recently addressed the topic, asking “Do School Libraries Need Books?”, and inviting five interested parties to state their […]

A Saturday Comic: Book Club


I don’t think I can add anything to this. (Thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for the link (via Speed Bump))

Cover Controversy: Cut-Outs Continue


If you know me, then you know I enjoy the cheap satisfaction of seeing the continuation of a cover trend. This has certainly happened with sock covers, a topic which I continue to beat upon like the proverbial “dead horse”. Today, I’m pleased to see that we have a new inductee into a different group: […]

Books in the Year 3001

The Future

What will the future hold for books? Let’s turn the clock forward, to the year 3001: The Newbery, Caldecott, and other ALA Youth Media Awards will be decided by internet vote. A hearty congratulations to the 3001 Caldecott medal winner: I Spy: Cats Wearing Cowboy Hats 12. Newbery medal honors will go to: Light-Up Magic […]

Oddest Award


I think this is going to do wonders for my machismo. The friendly folks at Adventures in the Library (fine looking header they’ve got there) bestowed the “Manly Sweaty Doll Blogger Award” on 100 Scope Notes. Thanks!


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Michel Gondry: Portrait of a Librarian and a Wild Thing

What you see above is a sketch of a Wild Thing and I by video and film director Michel Gondry. Here is some of his work: How did this happen? Well, a while back I saw that he was selling sketches on his website. Send in a picture and 20 bucks and you get a […]

Cybils Winners Announced!

At what point do you consider news old? After two days? Shoot. The 2009 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) were recently announced and I urge you to peruse the winners. I have a special place in my cardigan for the Fiction Picture Book category, which I helped judge this year. I was […]