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Book Review: Cesar Takes a Break


Cesar Takes a Break By Susan Collins Thoms Illustrated by Rogé Sterling ISBN: 9781402736537 $14.95 Grades K-2 In Stores When I was student teaching, I remember the day we got a new class pet. I led students in voting to name the new goldfish. Everyone had two votes and they picked from a list of […]

Explosion: Children's Book Tattoos


Kabooooooom!! That’s the sound of worlds colliding, friends. It occurs anytime two polar opposites meet, and lately there’s been some meetin’ going on. In the past few months, it seems like tattoos and children’s lit, two formerly disparate things, have been intermingling like crazy. All of a sudden, you look around and they’re everywhere: on […]

Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith Visit Barnes & Noble: The Comic


If you live and work in less populated areas (see: the sticks, see also: like me), you know that encounters with high-profile children’s authors and illustrators are rare. Thankfully they make comic books about these events so no one misses out. fthpbfthpbfthpbfthpb (sound of tape rewinding) Thankfully they make comic books about these events so […]

Nonfiction Monday: Animal Families


Animal Families By Lorrie Mack DK Publishing ISBN: 9780756639983 $12.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores August 18, 2008 *Recommended* Will all high quality, entertaining nonfiction for the lower elementary grades please say “here” – (A few faint “heres” can be heard above the sound of crickets) Ah, well, heh, I guess there’s not exactly scores of […]

Ye Olde Scope Notes: How to Make Books


(Waving a rickety old cane in the air) Back in the good old days our internet had no color, and people made books the old fashioned way: with countless individual steps. Was it easy? Quick? Nay. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the video below to set yourself straight.

100 Scope Notes: On Break Until Monday


100 Scope Notes will be up on the shelf until Monday. See you back here soon. (Image: ‘Sailboat on Lake Michigan‘

Wimpy Kid Says 'Read'!


In what is sure to go down in history as the funniest “@ Your Library” poster ever, Greg Heffley endorses reading in the best way he knows how: Click here to head over to Mishaps and Adventures, where you can view the full-sized poster. The blog is helmed by Chad W. Beckerman, who designed the […]

Hot Off the Press: City of Ember Images

More Ember

Lots of reading, not a lot of reviewing. That seems to be the way things are going lately. So while I could bore you by waxing philosophic on “Once Upon a Time in the North” (outstanding!) or “The Calder Game” (solid!), how about we just take a look at the latest, most hot off the […]

Audio Clip: Harry Potter on NPR


Ready to get your Hogwarts on? A statement both ridiculous and kinda funny. I don’t know where I picked up the phrase (it may have something to do with Andy Bernard of “The Office”), but it has been used liberally around my home lately for good reason. First, the trailer for the new H.P. film […]

Book Giveaway Extravaganza Winnners Announced!


Taking a break from enjoying Lake Michigan to tell you that some folks are about to get free books. The extravaganza is over, the darts have all been tossed, and the winners are: Naomi C. will have a copy of “I’m Looking for a Monster” to read in the deserts of the American Southwest. Gary […]

100 Scope Notes Book Giveaway Extravaganza


Is this book giveaway thing new? No. Original? Nay. Fun? If you’re the winner is sure is. Submit an email ( by midnight tomorrow (August 1st) with the title of the book you’re most interested in and I will write your name on a dart. I’ll throw all of the darts at the board and […]

Man on Wire on Fire


How would you rate your balance? Mine’s about a seven. That’s good enough to make it approximately 10 feet on a railroad track, but not quite good enough to walk across a thin cable hung between two skyscrapers. As previously reported, “Man on Wire”, a documentary about the amazing events that also inspired the children’s […]

Mouse Guard: Racking Up Awards at Comic-Con


Back in April I interviewed Mouse Guard creator David Petersen about his work and recent Eisner award nominations. Well I’ll be: Mouse Guard won two of them Eisner awards, which were announced at the just ended 2008 Comic-Con in San Diego: Best Publication for Kids: Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 and Mouse Guard: Winter 1152, by […]

Video Clip: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer

The Harry Potter film saga keeps rolling on. The trailer for the new installment “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was just released: [youtube=] (Thanks to BuzzFeed for the link)

An Offensive Way to Mark the Page

Rat Bookmark

I tend to use pretty uninteresting bookmarks. Receipts, post-it notes, index cards – nothing special. The mark below, however, has some character. It has some shock value. Pull this out of your book and 80% of people will be repulsed (estimation may be off +-3 percentage points). The only question is, what would be the […]