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On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History: Let’s ‘Planet of the Apes’ These 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 sees the light of day anymore. Should it? No! But I’m going to go ahead and ignore my better judgement on this one and occasionally bring back a fun/silly/absurd post from the vaults.

Like this one . . .


When I first saw the original Planet of the Apes it left a big impression on me, due in large part to the twist ending.

But, friends, the ol’ “put the statue of liberty in the background” trick could work for more than just Charlton Heston films. It could also be used to significantly enhance well-known picture books. Such as . . . Click here to read

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. Dana Frank says:

    One of my favorites!

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