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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.

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#7) Madeline

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Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below). (All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration) Previously . . . Auto-Completed Children’s […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History: It Ain’t Easy

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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 […]

Books on Film: Ezra Jack Keats + Mr. Rogers = Magic

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“Now with that music in the background, we’ll try to create some of our own color music.” In 1972 Ezra Jack Keats visited Mister Rogers. They made some art together, and it was lovely and peaceful. Credit to Ed Spicer/Nick Bruel on Facebook for the tip.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#71)

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Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? [A] picture book for the arthouse cinema set […] [Author] does flex his artistic muscles by using four distinct illustration styles. Hence the Caldecott. But as an overall work? **Raspberries**. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? […]

The Top 10 Most Unusual Bookmarks on Etsy

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My favorite bookmark is a wood one I received as a gift a while back. But when that one is in use, my go-to is usually whatever scrap of paper is lying around. Not bad (like these) but not all that exciting either. But what if you are not like me? What if you want to […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History: Book Title Toons

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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 […]

2018 Back to School Books’ First Day of School

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It’s been a bumper crop of back to school books this year. Wish them luck! (Click to enlarge)

Books on Film: Dante and the Chocolate Factory?

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Seems like a good day for some good ol’ children’s literature speculation, right? I’ve heard people discuss how lines can be drawn from the seven deadly sins to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but what about Dante’s Inferno? Ponderable.

Review: Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri

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Tiger vs. Nightmare By Emily Tetri First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781626725355 $17.99 Grades 1-3 Out November 6, 2018 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When I was a kid I didn’t like sleeping with the closet door open in my room. I’d see shadows in there and they would scare me and, well, […]

On This Day (ish) in Scope Notes History: Let’s ‘Planet of the Apes’ These Picture Books

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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 […]

Notes on July 2018

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In July . . . . . . the Google search box rewrote a children’s classic. The Carrot Seed meets the auto-complete function. . . . we wrecked some picture books. Well, actually, they came that way. . . . I challenged your LEGO deciphering skills. Can you name these covers by their LEGO-fied covers?

Books on Film: Tomi Adeyemi on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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I don’t usually cover YA, but when I do, it’s when a YA author appears on The Tonight Show. Tomi Adeyemi burst onto the scene with The Children of Blood and Bone. It’s a New York Times bestseller and, even more importantly, approved by Usher: Yeah…yeah…yeah…yeah…yeah…YEAH!?!?!?!??!?!?!?#childrenofbloodandbone and @usher?!?!? pic.twitter.com/imt73llPEo — Tomi Adeyemi (@tomi_adeyemi) May 7, […]

Morning Notes: Facepalm Edition

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AMAZON IS NOT MY LIBRARY This week Forbes ran a piece titled Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money. My approximate reaction was: The thing was so wrongheaded and got on so many people’s nerves that Forbes deleted it. SLJ has the story of what went down. BRAIN LAIR: OPEN FOR BIZ Way to […]

Real-Time Running Diary: The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants on Netflix

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This afternoon I watched the first episode of The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants on Netflix. Tough gig, watching a tv show in order to write a blog post about it, but I am nothing if not dedicated. What follows are my scattered thoughts presented in a running diary style (I don’t think I’ve tried […]

2018 Eisner Award Winners Announced!

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The biggest awards in comics, the Eisner Awards, were announced yesterday. Let’s have a look at the books that won in the most important categories – those for young readers. First up . . . Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8) Good Night, Planet by Liniers (Toon Books) This is the latest in […]