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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.

Books on Film: Lunch Lady TED Talk

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Children’s literature’s own Jarrett J. Krosoczka is featured on the TED website today. For good reason – his inspiring talk Why Lunch Ladies are Heroes is an inspirational reminder that “a thank you can change a life.” Click here to watch on the TED website

Review: Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier

Take Away the A

Take Away the A By Michael Escoffier Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701568 $17.95 Grades PreK-2 Out September 9, 2014 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There’s nothing new under the sun. And then there is. If children’s literature were Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, alphabet books would be at the [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#23)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? This is easy, meaningless, chime-rhyming nonsense — and not even nonsense with interesting language or ideas, like Lewis Carrol or (some of) Edward Lear. No, this is nursery rhymes but without the moral message. The wan, sugary pop-songs of [...]

Review: The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn

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The Zoo Box By Ariel Cohn Illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781626720527 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Of all the mash-ups going on in children’s literature these days – think Hugo Cabret, Wimpy Kid, Flora & Ulysses – is any combination more natural [...]

Digby O’Day: In the Fast Lane by Shirley Hughes

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Digby O’Day: In the Fast Lane By Shirley Hughes Illustrated by Clara Vulliamy Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763673697 $12.99 Grades 1-3 Out August 26, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Some books make it look so dang easy, don’t they? Perfect example: Digby O’Day: In the Fast Lane by two-time [...]

Summer Scope Notes

Summer 2014

Due to summer travels, I’ll be largely M.I.A. this week. I have a few posts scheduled to run, including reviews of two books I’m very excited about. Catch you next week.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Was Just the Beginning…

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The following is a work of fiction. While the online debate rages about the cover for the upcoming Penguin UK Classics edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (pictured above), I’m excited to announce that I’ve been granted access to the covers of upcoming Penguin UK Classics. It appears Charlie was just the tip of the iceberg. [...]

Morning Notes: See You in 2114 Edition

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FEAR THE SMOKING SCARECROW In shaking my head news, Bookshelves of Doom points to an article about a minor brouhaha concerning picture book The Scarecrows’ Wedding, in which the bad guy smokes a cigar. Click here to read. SLOW BOOKS Trees today, books in 100 years. That’s the goal of Future Library 2014-20114, an art project by [...]

It’s a Wild, Wild, Wild, Wild Giveaway

You know that book I was talking about yesterday? The one with the crazy/unexpected/forgotten/fascinating stories of children’s literature days past? Would you like to win a copy? Today is your day:

Children’s Lit Questions From Beyond the Grave: A Wild Things! Interview with Jules Danielson and Betsy Bird

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Today (August 5, 2014) marks the release of Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature by Betsy “Fuse #8” Bird, Julie “Seven Imp” Danielson, and the late, great Peter D. “Collecting Children’s Books” Sieruta. Full of historical perspective and behind-the-scenes dirt, the book is a joy to read. Go get yourself a copy. Go. [...]

Cover Curiosity: Mirrors

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Every now and then the universe does my job for me. Sometimes, by chance (or perhaps not), two books that resemble each other end up next to each other on bookshelves. Thanks for looking out, universe. Below are three such cases I encountered in the last few months: Rabbityness by Jo Empson Peek-A-Boo Bunny by [...]

The State of Photography Illustration in 2014

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What is the summer if not a time for short blog posts about random things? Today we have a classic case of “Am I just noticing it more, or is it happening more?” The topic? Photography as picture book illustration. While commonly used in works of nonfiction, it’s pretty rare in the fiction picture book [...]

Notes on July 2014

Notes on July

In July… …I set a 192 page limit for middle grade novels. It was fun to play What If, and hear what you had to say in the comments. …we got wild. The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014 brought the odd and unusual. …we remembered the American Library Association annual conference. Newbery, Caldecott, doughnuts and [...]

Morning Notes: ‘Really Big Ball of Twine’ Edition

Oliver Jeffers: Art of Authenticity

SNEAKY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, SNEAKY Who’s up for some cheap time travel? Check out the recent Spring 2015 Children’s Sneak Previews from Publishers Weekly. All kinds of eyebrow-raising stuff coming up. Click here to read. THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME TO A THEATER NEAR YOU What I’m experiencing right now is the unexpected and sudden realization [...]

An Endorsement: Comic Collections

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Growing up, comic strip collections were as important to me as any single book. I’ve talked about Roald Dahl’s influence (in this Nerdy Book Club post), but I could just as easily talk about The Far Side and Fox Trot collections that piled up next to my bed during that same time period. It wasn’t [...]