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Pop Candy YA Cover Post

I regularly peruse USA Today pop culture blog Pop Candy. The other day I emailed Pop Candy mastermind (and occasional VH1 talking head) Whitney Matheson to see if she would partake in creating a debut YA cover (which I posted the steps for a couple weeks back). A fan of young adult lit, I figured […]



I have absolutely no comment on the following. Click the image below to enlarge. (Thanks to FAIL Blog for the link) All this book rental business reminds me of the recent Brian Williams video where he discusses “the Netflix of books”. This is great stuff: [youtube=]

Audio Clip: Wilder Women on NPR


Why read when you can listen? Consider this an audio addendum to my post about Little House in the New Yorker from a few days back. The Rose vs Laura debate continues (as in, who is more responsible for the success of the series – Laura Ingalls Wilder or her daughter Rose?) . They even […]

Unfortunate Covers (#11)


Sometimes a cover doesn’t match the tone of the book it’s wrapped around. Such is the case of our most recent Unfortunate Cover candidate: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. The world’s most listless treasure hunt. I feel like the artist was working with some models who weren’t that into it. Cover Artist: “Alright, we […]

The Wildest of Books


I figured it was a hoax, but lo and behold – the fur-covered edition of The Wild Things by Dave Eggers. Loosely based on Sendak’s classic. Can you put this on a shelf? (Thanks to EarlyWord for the link)

Book Review: My Uncle Emily by Jane Yolen


My Uncle Emily By Jane Yolen Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter Philomel Books ISBN: 9780399240058 $17.99 Grades 1-3 In Stores Review copy provided by Raab Associates While the work of American poet Emily Dickinson may be difficult for some readers to fully wrap their heads around, My Uncle Emily tells a tale of honesty that could […]

Link Du Jour: Narnia Covers Redone


I really don’t get tired of these. Artist M. S. Corley, the man behind the recent redesign of the Harry Potter and His Dark Materials covers strikes again. This time he bestows the classic Penguin treatment on The Chronicles of Narnia. These covers won’t be coming to a shelf near you, but fun to take […]

Book Review: Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee


Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) By Lisa Yee Illustrated by Dan Santat Arthur A. Levine Books ISBN: 9780545055925 $15.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores Sept. 1, 2009 Review copy borrowed In a climate where you can’t throw a dinner roll without hitting five or six new series, Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) is a middle grade school story […]

Little House in the Big New Yorker


Can’t say I’m well-versed in the Little House series. “But you’re a children’s librarian” you say? Yes, yes – well, we all have books on our “shelves of shame” (as the wonderful Bookends blog puts it). The New Yorker recently did a piece on Laura Wilder and her daughter Rose, who worked together in creating […]

Choosin' Ain't Easy


My reactions upon seeing Choose Your Own Adventure #2: Journey Under the Sea mapped out and analyzed: 1. It’s possible to complete the book after only five steps? 2. Now I understand why I never got to that point. (Click here to read more at BoingBoing) (Click here to view the PDF) *Update* Bookshelves of […]

You Want 'Uglies'? It's Yours


Put this in your “That Doesn’t Happen Every Day” file. Simon & Schuster is distributing Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies as a free PDF. Click the image below to head over to BoingBoing and get in on the action. By the way, do you really have a “That Doesn’t Happen Every Day” file? Seems a little excessive.

What's Next, Books With Tails? (Actually, Yeah)


I ran across a book recently which struck me as unusual. I had never before seen a story with a built-in finger puppet: It reminded me of an outstanding post on Collecting Children’s Books a while back that focused on another children’s book gimmick – tails. Click the image below to read more.

I'm Socializing


My life goal of doing a Google search for my name and finding zero results is really going down the tubes here. For those of you who read 100 Scope Notes in an RSS reader, I’ve added links to the two social networks I use right on the main page. It is now easier to […]

Nonfiction Monday: Just the Right Size by Nicola Davies


Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little By Nicola Davies Illustrated by Neal Layton Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763639242 $14.99 Grades 3-6 In Stores Review copy provided by publisher Is it just me, or does it seem that more and more, nonfiction books are trying to be all things […]

New 'Where the Wild Things Are' Trailer

A new trailer for the Spike Jonze directed Where the Wild Things Are film is up and things are still looking pretty good (although I’m not sure about the dog right at the end). The Arcade Fire soundtrack is still there, but this one features much more dialog than the first preview. In theaters Oct. […]