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Sunday Link Du Jour: February 24, 2008

The list-ization of the children’s lit world continues this week with a new “best of” poll from the Brits at Daily Mail. The list compiles the opinions of 4,000 voters. The author receiving the most love? Roald Dahl. I can’t argue with that. To see the entire list click on the children’s lit blogs Charlotte’s […]

Caution: Hot Press – Indie Bestsellers

It never ceases to amaze me which children’s books refuse to gather moss. Below are the independent bestsellers from the week ending February 17. Click on each list title to see the list in its entirety. Children’s Interest 1. Rodrick Rules Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95, 9780810994737   2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick, […]

Book Review: Canned

100 Scope Note: This review originally appeared in December 2007, but with the book recently hitting the shelves, I thought it might be a good idea to re-post Canned By Alex Shearer Scholastic Press ISBN 9780439903097 $16.99 Grades 5-7 In Stores Now If you’re anything like me (and I suppose you probably are – I […]

Now We're Socializin'

One thing 100 Scope Notes is not known for is the roundup. Typically, I like to stick to an uncompromising “one topic, one post” mentality. But as a wise man once said, “I make my own rules… and I break ’em all”. So let’s get down to business. Goodreads. It’s blowing up lately as evidenced […]

Book Review: The Mozart Question

The Mozart Question By Michael Morpurgo Illustrated By Michael Foreman Candlewick Press ISBN 9780763635527 $15.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores *Best New Books* Upon first glance, I didn’t know how to classify this book. Its size – slim and square – is a bit unusual for a book aimed at the upper elementary set. While there […]

Controversy Report: Where the Wild Things Are Video Clip

A clip (allegedly) from the film adaptation of “Where the Wild Things Are” has appeared on the internet recently, to a variety of reactions. Some say that the video isn’t authentic, some say that it is incomplete, and some say it’s the real deal. Take a look below to form your own opinion. [youtube=] To […]

Sunday Link Du Jour: February 17, 2008

To me, children’s lit news is like Reese’s Eggs on Easter: try as I might, I can’t get enough. Today’s LDJ is actually a batch of links that I use to find out what’s happening in the world of books for kids. All of these can be subscribed to and sent directly to you each […]

Stick to the Fundamentals

Can you really argue with free books? Reading is Fundamental (RIF) has been dispensing books to kids for years, and now the program is in jeopardy. The four elementary schools I work at all take part in RIF and it is a highlight of the year. Here’s the scene: 1. Books are purchased with a […]

Like Eric Rohmann?

Well, so do I. The writer/illustrator who has brought forth such gems as “Time Flies”, “My Friend Rabbit”, and the just-released “A Kitten Tale” is interviewed today at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. If you haven’t already done so, click the logo below to head on over.

Book Review: Backbeard – Pirate for Hire

Backbeard: Pirate for Hire By Matthew McElligott Walker and Company ISBN 9780802796325 $16.95 Grades K-2 In Stores Let the creativity flag fly. I’m glad when every so often a book comes out that makes me think “well, this is unusual”. What do they call it when film companies show a movie to an audience and […]

Sunday Link Du Jour: February 10, 2008

I have to admit that I like it when I can consolidate. Why break eggs into a bowl if you’re just going to pour them into the skillet? Crack them into the pan, scramble later I say. It is for this reason (and more) that I bring you today’s link. is really a one […]

Book Review: Not a Stick

Not a Stick By Antoinette Portis HarperCollins 9780061123252 $12.99 Grades Pre-K-1 In Stores *Recommended* I used to pretend all sorts of stuff when I was little. Fortress out of Construx, plastic bag as parachute, all the standard stuff. I distinctly remember trying out that last one with a leap off the top of the swing […]

Hollywood Inside Report: Where the Wild Things Are

I always worry when I hear that a children’s book is in the process of being adapted for the silver screen. I’m concerned that the movie won’t do the book justice, and everyone will leave the theater thinking, “That movie was terrible, and even though I haven’t read it, I’m now qualified to declare that […]

Audio Clip: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author Jeff Kinney

I don’t have to do much introductionin’ (new word) about “Diary of a Wimpy Kid“. Unless you call the earthy darkness beneath a rock your home, you know the books, and if you’re anything like me, you love them. This clip from NPR allows fans to go behind the scenes with creator Jeff Kinney. The […]

Author Visit: Leslie Helakoski

Ah, the trickiness of working at four schools. Last week, one of the schools that I work at had the pleasure of hosting a visit by Leslie Helakoski, author of the recently released “Big Chickens Fly the Coop” (read the 100 Scope Notes review) and “Woolbur”. The tricky part? I was working with students at […]