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Morning Notes: Sendak’s Back Edition


As I subscribe to both A Fuse #8 Production and Nine Kinds of Pie, I was pleased to see that the creators of both blogs, librarian Elizabeth Bird and professor Philip Nel, were interviewed by NPR for a piece on digital children’s books. Most interesting to me is when Nel explains why apps aren’t technically books. Click here to listen.


Google is on a mission to scan just about any book it can get its hands on – to my eyes an admirable, if often legally dicey proposition. A judge recently shot down the proposed settlement between Google and written content creators, making it more difficult for Google to keep the scanners running footloose and fancy free. You best decide where you stand on this issue – it’s going to be around for a while. Click here to read.

(Thanks to Publishers Weekly for the link)


Fresh off his Oscar win for The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan has been announced as the winner of the Astrid Lindgren Award which, according to the Astrid Lindgren website, is the “biggest international children’s and young adult literature award in the world”. That deserves some congrats I’d say. Click here to read more.

(Thanks to Charlotte’s Library for the link)


I once tried to match up book covers to make a complete picture. It was a tricky endeavor. But how about matching up book covers with…yourself? Corpus Libris does just that. It’s like Sleevefacing, but with more books. Click here to check it out.

(Thanks to Omnivoracious and Abigail for the link)


Friday is the first day of National Poetry Month, and we’re kicking things off with a gallery of book spine poems submitted by you. You want in on the action? Create a poem, photograph it, and send it my way at scopenotes at gmail dot com. Or post that sucker to your blog. Either way, you’ll see your work in these pages on Friday. Click here for more details.

Bumble-Ardy by Maurice Sendak. On shelves September 6, 2011.

Maurice Sendak is back with the first book he has written and illustrated in almost 30 years. And if you were worried that Sendak may have lost his edge, fear not – Bumble-Ardy’s parents are eaten in the prologue. Click here to read about  the book  in the Wall Street Journal.

(Thanks to Waking Brain Cells for the link)

When a publisher goes the extra mile in terms of design, it’s worth commending. Abrams Art Director (and former 100 Scope Notes interviewee) Chad W. Beckerman has a lovely post showing the jacket and case of some of their recent releases. I think N.E.R.D.S. is my favorite. Click the image above to see more.

Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation of Caldecott-winner The Invention of Hugo Cabret continues to make the slow march toward theaters on November 23. Author Jonathan Auxier (@JonathanAuxier) points the way to a post about creation of the automaton used in the film. In related news – a Johnny Depp cameo? Click the tweet above to read.

It’s a books on film double feature today, as two children’s lit titles will soon be in theaters – Judy Moody and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. On a related note, did you see that Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules was the #1 movie in the country last weekend?

(Thanks to Watch. Connect. Read. and EarlyWord for the links)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. On the upside, that kid looks a lot like Peter Reynold’s illustrations of Judy. And she is wearing an “I Ate a Shark” t-shirt. And Megan McDonald was at least involved. And Urkel plays Mr Todd!

    On the downside, the Mr Popper’s Penguins trailer makes me want to kill myself.

    • Some excellent observations here, Marjorie – I’m with you on Popper’s Penguins not looking very promising.

  2. It took me a while to figure out the difference between the two NERDS images! I, for one, like it when the book beneath the jacked is a bit understated — as with AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET. Then it feels like unwrapping a secret.

    • I hear you, Jonathan. I liked the whole secret-identity aspect of the N.E.R.D.S. jacket/case, but the more subdued examples are also winning. On the whole, a good looking group.

  3. One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street’s book jacket has an interesting feel. It is almost rubbery.