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Notes on August 2017


In August . . . . . . I posed a challenge. It was the third installment of Name That LEGO Book Cover! GOOD NIGHT, HUGO pic.twitter.com/oZzpN59dX7 — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) August 12, 2017 . . . Hugo Cabret continued to be my technology north star. He showed me how to use Instagram Face Filters. Thanks, Hugo. . […]

Predictions! 2017 NYT Best Illustrated Books

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I was on a roll. Things were going just great. I correctly predicted a few books that appeared on the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book list in 2014 and again in 2015. And then 2016 came around. Last year I correctly picked . . . zero books. Zero! But did that knock me […]

Enter the March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) Giveaway

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It’s been my summer tradition to read the books in the March series by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell. So even though it came out a year ago, has been well covered . . . . . . and won all the awards . . . . . . I just finished this final book […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#58)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? literally the hunger games for cats… Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star Review Guess Who […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Hi Jack! by Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli

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If you had x-ray vision, you’d know that I have a soft spot in my heart for early readers. You know what I’m talking about: When I learned that Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli were teaming up for a new early reader series about a mischievous monkey called Hi Jack! I was happy to hear […]

Books on Film: Gene Yuen Yang Talks with . . .

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Did you know Gene Luen Yang has a Reading Without Walls “video podcast” on Reading Rockets? Did you know that he already has a bunch of great interviews up on their YouTube channel? Who has he talked to? Among others . . . Jason Reynolds: Katherine Paterson: Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden: Patrick Ness: […]

A Giveaway! (Oh, and a Newsletter)


Oh yes, I’m starting a newsletter. If you sign up, it will be delivered to your inbox on the first Friday of each month (beginning in September) and is likely to include: Book recommendations – for kids, grown-ups, and grown-ups who like books for kids. Drawings. Scribblings. Crudely drawn comics. Stuff like that. The occasional […]

Book Title Toons: This Book

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(Click Images to Enlarge) Previously . . . Book Title Toons: Brothers Book Title Toons: It Ain’t Easy

ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#3)


On the question of George eating the vet, you have spoken: What a relief – this question has been answered once and for all, rendering any future debate meaningless. Thank you to everyone who voted. Previously . . . ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#1) ANSWERED: Burning Question of the Day (#2)

Books on Film: Grace Lin on Racist Children’s Books

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If you haven’t had a chance yet, make sure you watch this PBS Newshour video with author/illustrator Grace Lin. She talks about how to approach children’s books that contain racist content.

Hugo Cabret: My Technology North Star


You know what I like about Hugo Cabret? Guy is always on the cutting edge of technology. Whether it’s vintage automatons (see above) or the latest apps, he inspires me to try new things. I mean, he introduced me to Snapchat. He taught me how to use FaceApp. Sometimes I’ll just ask to see his […]

Cover Curiosity: Front and Center

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I don’t usually discuss YA, but when I do, it’s usually about covers. Click here for more Cover Curiosity posts. Today we have a group of books that to my eyes don’t fall into the “hey let’s make our book like like their book” category. But they do share an eye-catching visual style that makes […]

Learning Your ABCs

Ah, August – the only month when it seems reasonable to make the alphabet using the first letter from book titles. Click below to see the results. ?? “ABCs”https://t.co/n8nwsFemyO — Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes) August 10, 2017

100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day (#3)

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I have questions, you have the answers. Let’s solve some of children’s literature most vexing questions with the 100 Scope Notes Burning Question of the Day. At the end of Bark, George by Jules Feiffer, George *SPOILER ALERT* says “hello” instead of barking, indicating that he ate a human. But was that human the vet […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History . . .

Expensive Picture Books

Part of the fun of blogging is the ephemeral nature of the medium – you write a post, put it up quickly, maybe some folks read it, and then it fades away in a hurry. On to the next post. But – PROBLEM – now I’m stuck with this stockpile of ridiculous stuff that never […]