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Gene Wilder had one unusual request before accepting the lead role in Willy Wonka in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – he wanted a specific scene included in the movie. I have to say, it’s a brilliant request. Click here to read.

(Thanks to Letters of Note for the link)


How many cool things can fit in one sentence? Let’s try to max it out here.

Arnold Lobel’s classic Frog and Toad is in development as a stop-motion film by Jim Henson Co.

I count four awesome things – how about you? Click here for details from Variety.

But this wouldn’t be the first stop-motion Frog and Toad – that distinction would belong to this mid 80s version:


Katie Davis, she of the Brain Burps about Books podcast, has pulled off an astonishing feat for her 100th episode – three National Ambassadors for Young People’s Literature in one show. I can only imagine how many secret ambassador handshakes occurred in coordinating this. Katie chats with Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, and current ambassador Walter Dean Myers, and we get to listen. Click here to get started.

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, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. A wonderful anecdote about Gene Wilder. I love that he knew how to capture all our doubts about Willy Wonka. Was he good or evil? Sane or insane? Did he love children or hate them? I just finished reading BOY by Roald Dahl, a description of his childhood, and it turns out that he attended a boarding school right next to the Cadbury factory (as in Cadbury egg), and the factory used to have the boys at the school taste-test their new chocolates! Thus, a wonderful book was born. I highly recommend BOY, if you have the interest. I have a blog myself, and I am thinking of reading and writing about all of Dahl’s books. I just purchased a lovely box set. Thanks for your post.

    • I’m right there with you on Boy being great. If you’re a Dahl fan, make sure you check it out.

  2. Frog and Toad featured in a stop motion film! That’s fantastic! Thanks for sharing.