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Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#14)

Once again, it’s the game that’s sweeping the country. I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. #1: Answer #2: Answer #3: Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1) Name That […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#94)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Unlikeable, flat, contrived, and joyless. This is for fans of snuff flicks and Dickens. I blame Godard. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) […]

How Do Illustrators Draw the Sun?

I’m always curious how illustrators choose to depict the sun. How can they solve the problem of making something so common look beautiful and unique? I decided to start collecting suns on Instagram using the hashtag #illustratorsun. Click here to see what I have so far. Oh, and it turns out, I’m not alone with […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#9)

Previously… ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#5) ‘And You Shall Know […]

Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2019

The barcode – oh clawmark of capitalism! Oh mandatory stain of consumerism! Oh ruiner of book jackets! But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? Books with creative barcode placements, restoring my faith in art and design! Previously . . . Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode Gallery: The Art of the Picture […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#93)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? In essence, the child learns that her mother has lots to spend for her own things but not for toys, and that she does not need her parents’ approval on what or whether to buy anything as long as […]

5 Books I’m Bringing Out West

Before we left to go West, I had a tough decision to make – which books do I bring? Here are the books that are coming along for the ride: The author of the wonderful First Rule of Punk has a new one coming out and I’m looking forward to it. I enjoyed Miller’s last […]

100 Scope Notes Goes West

I’m traveling West with my family until the end of the month. I have all my posts here set to run, but I won’t be minding the blog day to day until we return. If you’d like to see what I’m up to, I’ll be over on Instagram.

Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#13)

Once again, it’s the game that’s sweeping the country. I used this website to (virtually) create 3 LEGO book covers. They’re listed from least challenging to most challenging – see how many you can name. #1: Answer #2: Answer #3: Answer How’d you do? Previously . . . Name That LEGO Book Cover! (#1) Name That […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#92)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Do not read this book to your children. What a condensing little miscreant. He is like a judgmental little rich kid who has everything he needs and doesn’t have to work for anything. Click here for the answer. Why […]

Cover Controversy: The Poet X

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo has had an incredible year. It’s been a New York Times bestseller. It’s won all the awards. Now the cover of the book is causing a stir. It appears that the cover image was plagiarized. Appears? Make that WAS: This is so disappointing/maddening/illegal. Now it’s in the hands of […]

Controversy Report: Hello, Here’s Your Negative Review

Over on Twitter, The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas talked (as a number of authors have) about the practice of readers tagging authors when they post a negative review of the author’s book. If you’re unfamiliar with this situation, you might be surprised to learn that this simple, reasonable request made some readers mad. […]

Books on Film: Watch the Trailer for Jumanji II

The latest film incarnation of Jumanji likely won’t remind you of the book. They switched from a board game to a video game. The Rock is involved. It’s kinda it’s own thing at this point. But (albeit, loose) ties to Chris Van Alsburg’s Caldecott Medal winner mandate that I share the just-released trailer for Jumanji: […]

Instagramming ALA 2019: Part III

After Part I and Part II, today is the dramatic conclusion to my 2019 ALA Annual Conference experience. Sunday began with the Coretta Scott King breakfast. It’s when all the CSK winners accept their awards. There was a lot of love in that room, and the speeches were as moving as they come. An ALA […]

Instagramming ALA 2019: Part II

After experiencing an early victory (click here to read Part I), everything else is gravy. What follows are details about that gravy. Here I am at The Yarn HQ. My first full day of conferencing was pretty Yarn-centric. As you saw in the last post, the day began with Dave Eggers. Following Dave was: Yep, […]