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Review: The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

26 Story

The 26-Story Treehouse By Andy Griffiths Illustrated by Terry Denton Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781250026910 $13.99 Grades 2-6 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Disclaimer* I’ve never started a review with a disclaimer before, but before getting into this review I should probably say that Andy Griffiths visited my school [...]

Books on Film: Watch the Trailer for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander Trailer

Let’s just say it isn’t a faithful adaptation. (Thanks to EarlyWord for the link)

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2014


You never know how these preview things are going to turn out. Sometimes there’s a bunch of lesser-known books that jump out, other times it’s stuff that’s already been building some buzz. Today is more latter than former. What follows are 10 books for the summer season that look promising. Picture Books Peanut Butter and [...]

2014 Mini Trend: Ninjas


I can’t say with certainty that books featuring ninjas are on the rise, but looking at the lay of the land in 2014, it sure seems that way. Seeing as how anything with a ninja flies off my school library shelves (including the sneakily super-popular Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young), I am [...]

Books on Film: In the Studio with Hilda Creator Luke Pearson

Luke Pearson Video

I’d like kids to be able to read it in bed, with a torch. That’s cool. For fans of children’s literature, a peek inside a creator’s studio is a treat. This video with Hilda graphic novelist Luke Pearson is just that. A joy to watch. Luke Pearson from Nobrow Ltd on Vimeo.

Review: Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey by Alex Milway


Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey By Alex Milway Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763666156 $12.99 Grades K-4 In Stores May 27, 2014 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The word “charming” is used pretty often when talking about books, but what does it really mean? I suppose it’s a moving [...]

Notes on April 2014

Title Results

In April… …we learned what people call themselves. I did a improptu poll to see which title school librarian-type people prefer. …we looked at upcoming books for Caldecott Medal/Honor winners. It turns out there are a bunch of them. …we had a guest from Australia. It was author Andy Griffiths, and I documented the day [...]

H-H-H-Hashtag Holdshelf is Coming Soon

Books Small

I want to start this post with a YouTube clip, but the choices! Should I go for the heartstrings with Hold On by Wilson Philips? Should I go indie with Hold On by Alabama Shakes? Should I go Parental Advisory with Hold On by 50 Cent? Or Hold On, We’re Going Home by Drake? The [...]

Morning Notes: Hop on Pop Damages Edition

Lost and Found

STEVEN SPIELBERG MEETS ROALD DAHL If a children’s book is going to be turned into a movie, can you do any better than Steven Spielberg directing? Yes, in fact – you can have Melissa Mathison (the screenwriter responsible for E.T.) to handle the script. Click here for more details. DON’T HOP ON POP My friend [...]

A Conversation with Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen

Conversation with Kate and Chris

For author Kate DiCamillo and illustrator Chris Van Dusen, August 26th marks a triumphant return to the Mercy Watson Universe. That’s when Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, the first book in the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series is released. It’s also the first time since the Mercy Watson series wrapped up 2009 in that readers get [...]

2014 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

Flying Eye Logo

Now that we’re solidly into 2014, the time seems right to check in on a few publishers and see what they have coming out in the near (or not so near) future. Kicking off our 2014 Preview Interviews is Flying Eye Books. I chatted with Flying Eye/Nobrow U.S. Sales and Marketing Director Tucker Stone about [...]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#19)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I knew going into the book that I probably wasn’t going to like it much. What I didn’t expect was to be profoundly affected, to the point of tears and sleepless nights, by a drawing of [character], his furry [...]

Morning Notes: Zelinskograph Edition

Tweendom Poem

CONTROVERSY An article titled It’s no wonder boys aren’t reading – the children’s book market is run by women is, as you might expect, causing quite a stir. Publishing Perspectives wrote a piece on the article. Bloggers have responded as well, including Waking Brain Cells with a post titled Boys, Reading, and Mysogynistic Crap. CHILDREN’S [...]

Instagramming an Author Visit: 26 Story Treehouse Author Andy Griffiths

Andy Sign

Bust out the giant plastic letters! Last week it was author visit time ’round my neck of the woods. 13 Story Treehouse author Andy Griffiths was in town. This visit was unique for a couple reasons: 1. Mr. Griffiths was coming all the way from his home country of Australia in support of his latest [...]

Books on Film: Why Is Mo Willems In Paris?

Mo Willems CBS Sunday Morning

What is Mo Willems (a.k.a. the Bill Murray of Children’s Literature) doing in Paris? Thinking deep thoughts, of course.