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Book Review: When Randolph Turned Rotten

When Randolph Turned Rotten By Charise Mericle Harper Alfred A. Knopf ISBN 9780375840715 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* A book about feelings, well done, is a goldmine for teachers, parents, and students. In my opinion, here’s what “well done” means: The story stands on its own, and the lesson isn’t forced. If things are […]

Book Review: Venom

Venom By Marilyn Singer Darby Creek Publishing ISBN 9781581960433 $19.95 Grades 5-8 In Stores *Recommended* I can see the pitch for this book now… (Author walks into a room. Sitting at a desk in a large leather office chair sits a skeptical publisher) Publisher: An entire book about things that have venom? Sorry, but I […]

Funnel Cakes

The December Carnival of Children’s Literature has arrived. Hosted by the wonderful blog Big A little a, The Carnival contains a wide variety of children’s lit info. This month’s theme “is all about giving and our favorite books”. Don’t miss the review of Best New Book “Gallop! A Scanimation Picture Book” by yours truly!

100 Scope Notes Year in Review: The Best of the Best of the Best (Part 5)

Part 5: Early Readers Are you familiar with the Whitman’s Sampler? The Sampler takes the best chocolates in the world and throws them all in one box for you to enjoy. I can’t say that Whitman’s was the inspiration for The 100 Scope Notes Best of the Best of the Best, but I have to […]

Put Up the CAUTION Tape

Format, format, format – it’s never perfect. 100 Scope Notes is an evolving source of all things kidlit related, and I wanted to let you know that some evolving just happened. Allow me to direct your attention to the left of the screen. If you’re reading this in a RSS reader, just pull a Cam […]

100 Scope Notes Year in Review: The Best of the Best of the Best (Part 4)

Part 4: Graphic Novels I’ve said it before: I love lists. I think that it’s an inherent trait librarians posses. I love lists so much (especially those of the “year-end”, “best-of” persuasion) that I decided to make a book-related master list to sum up 2007. Call it “Kidlit’s Greatest Hits”, call it “Now This is […]

100 Scope Notes Year in Review: The Best of the Best of the Best (Part 3)

Part 3: Middle Grade Fiction The 100 Scope Notes roundup continues today with a look back at middle grade fiction. In case you missed the recap of fiction and non-fiction picture books, let me explain. I’ve taken every year-end list I could find (see below), threw them in my children’s lit blender, and hit “frappé”. […]

Book Review: Gallop! A Scanimation Picture Book


Gallop! A Scanimation Picture Book By Rufus Butler Seder Workman Publishing ISBN 9780761147633 $12.95 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Books* The second entry in Webster’s New World Dictionary for the word “gimmick” reads as follows: “An attention-getting device or feature, typically superficial, designed to promote the success of a product, campaign, etc.” This definition […]

100 Scope Notes Year in Review: The Best of the Best of the Best (Part 2)

Part 2: Picture Books (Non-fiction) The wrapping up of the year in children’s lit continues today with non-fiction picture books. In case you’re new to the scene, I’ve looked at every year-end list I could find (see below) to see which books have received the most notice in 2007. I am no scientist, and the […]

Hollywood Inside Report: The City of Ember – First Look

For reasons I’ve mentioned before on these very pages, I am waiting on the film adaptation of “The City of Ember” with an unusual amount of anticipation. In my opinion, the story will translate very well onto the silver screen. Yes, in the horse race of children’s lit movie adaptations, it’s my pony. I’m putting […]

100 Scope Notes Year In Review: The Best of the Best of the Best (Part 1)

Part 1: Picture Books (Fiction) Well, it’s done. I picked over every single year end list I could get my hands on. From the big names (Horn Book, School Library Journal) to the names which carry lesser weight in the children’s lit world (Miami Herald anyone?), no list went un-poured over (see below). I noted […]

Hollywood Inside Report: The Spiderwick Chronicles

For those of you suffering “Golden Compass” withdrawal, fear not. Another children’s lit adaptation is humming along toward its date of release. This time, the film in question is based on the outstanding fantasy series “The Spiderwick Chronicles” by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. As I’ve noted in the past, I can be a bit […]

Let's Review…

In my role as a school librarian, I enjoy a good review. Be it from a student, teacher, librarian, journal, blog, or my own head, I like to hear what others have to say about the what amounts to the driving force behind my profession. Curled Up With a Good Kid’s Book is a site […]

Book Review: The Lemonade Club

The Lemonade Club By Patricia Polacco Philomel Books ISBN 9780399245404 $16.99 Grades 3-6 In Stores Patricia Polacco’s books consistently occupy an unusual spot in the world of children’s literature. Typically more mature than your average picture book yet less elaborate than your average chapter book, her stories tend to find their audience with the sensitive […]

7 Things Roundup

A little bit back, Wizards Wireless tagged me for a “7 Things About Me” meme. I kept the tagging going and learned about some other savvy children’s lit bloggers in the process. Here are some of the folks who took part: We learned a little about… Book Buds Breeni Books A Wrung Sponge A Year […]