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Notes on October 2013

In October…

…Hervé Tullet was my pen pal.

We now know for sure that Mr. Tullet is a good guy as well as being a great artist. I was surprised and excited that the Press Here creator  was game to take part in an illustrated interview. To be honest, I really didn’t want it to end. Is permanent pen pals too much to ask? (editor’s note: yes)

…I pondered a Very Hungry Caterpillar tattoo.

The stages of wearing a temporary tattoo:

Week 1: This will be good for a laugh

Week 2: I can’t believe people think this is real!

Week 3: Where’s the nearest tattoo parlor? Let’s make this permanent.

…we learned exclamation points may be on the rise.

There’s anecdotal evidence. But there’s also a bit of data (discovered via Google’s Ngram Viewer) to back up the rise of the !!!

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. This place is a tremendous resource for discovering/discussing kids literature. Kudos to the author.

  2. Doing great–AWF, Dean Reynolds, and RJay would be impressed with this project.