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Book Review: Toby Alone


Toby Alone By Timothée de Fombelle Translated by Sarah Ardizzone Illustrated by François Place Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763641818 $17.99 Grades 5-8 In Stores *Recommended* Tiny characters have a rich history in children’s lit. Stuart Little, The Borrowers, Despereaux, and The Littles have all been keeping it real for the diminutive for quite some time. Hey, […]

Nonfiction Monday: Rocks! Rocks! Rocks!


Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! By Nancy Elizabeth Wallace Marshall Cavendish Children ISBN: 9780761455288 $17.99 Grades K-2 In Stores *Recommended* As a librarian, there’s nothing worse than admitting that you don’t have a wealth of materials available on a particular topic. It takes your carefully-cultivated library cred and puts it in doubt. A simple question like, “Do […]

Video: Melvil Dewey Raps

Based on yesterday’s post, and riding on the coattails of “Stuff White People Like“, I am strongly considering starting a new blog called “Stuff that Doesn’t Mix with Libraries”. Each post will describe something that rarely interacts with the world of public and school libraries. I thought Hip Hop would be one such thing. I […]

Link Du Jour: What's Sellin'


As a general rule, libraries and sports don’t mix. Well, sometimes putt-putt golf (like at Downers Grove Public Library): Because of this oil and water-type relationship, I will restrain myself from celebrating Michigan State’s Final Four victory here, and focus on the books. What follows are the bestsellers according to the venerable New York Times: […]

Waldo World Record


Believe it or not, in the school library world, Where’s Waldo books can be pretty controversial. Many a dismissive comment has fell upon my ears regarding He Who Rocks the Red-and-White. It stems from the whole reading vs. not reading debate that will be raging for as long as kids are reading and not reading. […]

Video: Time to Move the Library

This video brings three thoughts to my mind: 1. Dang, how many librarians did Yale have back in the day? 2. Lots of boxes and heavy lifting. Not much has changed on the moving books front in the 78 (!) years since this footage was shot. 3. As someone who will soon be moving an […]

Book Review: Shape


Shape By David Goodman and Zoe Miller Tate Publishing (Abrams) ISBN: 9781854377791 $22.50 Grades PreK-1 In Stores *Best New Books* ABC books. Number books. Shape books. All played out. Hold on a sec. Similar to how a good singer can turn a corny song into a great one (have you checked the lyrics to Ignition […]

100 Scope Notes Book Giveaway: March '09


Book giveaway? Nay. Everything must go book clearinghouse? That’s closer to what we’ve got going on. I’ve got a lot of books that need happy homes here, so if you are interested in any of them, send me an email at or contact me on Twitter (click here to view my profile). Be sure […]

100 Scope Notes Top 10 Picture Books


A Fuse #8 Production asked, and I sneak in at the last minute with my reply. Such is my custom, friends (p.s. I’m going to start putting this phrase on t-shirts: it’s the “that’s how I roll” for the bookish set). Way back at the beginning of the month, the previously mentioned Fuse hatched a […]

On Hold @ the Library: March


My goal is to make perfect scrambled eggs. My other goal is to bring you children’s lit information at its most unfiltered. Which books do kids want to read? Just like those perfect eggs, it’s more complex than it may seem. Bestseller lists are biased because it’s usually parents doing the purchasing. It isn’t a […]

'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' Trailer!

When you’re turning a picture book into a movie, you’ve got a unique problem. Lack of content. Normally, movies based on books have to decide what to cut. Picture book movies have to decide what to add. Herein lies the reason that, as the wonderful children’s lit blog A Fuse #8 Production put it, “there […]

ALA + Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! = A Librarian's Dream


Saying that librarians like NPR is like saying Canadians enjoy Tim Horton’s – it’s just too obvious to warrant much mention. Also, please consider me an honorary Canadian – besides the fact that half my extended family lives there, the maple glaze they’ve got going on north of the boarder is the best kept secret […]

'Where The Wild Things Are' Trailer!

Man, if they don’t stop putting out Where The Wild Things Are teasers, people are gonna start thinking that the film may actually be coming to theaters. Take a look at the just-released trailer for the film: [youtube=–N9klJXbjQ] Okay, can we all agree that things are looking pretty good? The visuals are certainly encouraging, but […]

Toon Review: Benny and Penny in The Big No-No!


Benny and Penny in The Big No-No! By Geoffrey Hayes TOON Books (RAW Junior) ISBN: 9780979923890 $12.95 Grades K-2 In Stores May 5, 2009 *Recommended* Visit the TOON Books website. Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.

Book Review: Creepy Crawly Crime (Joey Fly, Private Eye #1)


Creepy Crawly Crime (Joey Fly, Private Eye #1) By Aaron Reynolds Illustrated by Neil Numberman Henry Holt ISBN: 9780805082425 $16.95 Grades 2-4 In Stores April 14, 2009 Just ask A Tribe Called Quest, who’s 1993 jazz-inspired The Low End Theory is lauded as a hip-hop masterpiece – paying tribute can be a successful route to […]