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Review: Palazzo Inverso by D.B. Johnson


Palazzo Inverso By D.B. Johnson Houghton Mifflin ISBN: 9780547239996 $17.00 Grades K-3 In  Stores I first encountered the work of M.C. Escher in a bookstore. I had seen optical illusions before that point, but never to the precise heights on display in works like Relativity and Waterfall, which were hung around my local shop. With […]

Morning Notes: Wizarding World Edition

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HARRY POTTER THEME PARK REVIEWED The New York Times visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (open June 18) to see what all the fuss is about. Their verdict? Fairly fuss-worthy. Click here to read. (Thanks to BookMoot for the link) AWARDS DISPENSED I’m late to the party on this, but the Boston Globe-Horn Book […]

ALA Annual True/False Test


The American Library Association Annual Conference is nigh, and I’m pleased to say that I’ll be attending and taking part in a session called Children’s and YA Book Blogs: Enhancing Library Services at 8:00 am on Sunday, June 27. Please mark the following “true” or “false” (answer key below). 1. The room where our program […]

Link Du Jour: Bears Playing Lacrosse?

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The links, they tend to accrue. We got a mess of them today, so let’s see how many I can whip through before running out of steam… The Berenstain Bears Play Lacrosse – real title or made up? Mental_floss challenges you to spot the fake. I came in at a respectable 75% correct. The recent […]

Cover Curiosity: It’s Gettin’ Dusty


Here’s the question I asked myself. If you have two book covers that share a similar theme/layout/tone, is it true controversy? Nay. Therefore I’m calling these instances “Cover Curiosities” from here on out. I’ll save “controversy” for cases where it truly applies. Now, on to the books… You know you have an adventure on your […]

Review: The Village Garage by G. Brian Karas

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The Village Garage By G. Brian Karas Henry Holt ISBN: 9780805087161 $16.99 Grades K-2 In Stores Quick test: Name a picture book about city workers. Having trouble? Me too. The men and women who keep our towns running smoothly are indeed a rarely represented subject in the children’s lit world. The Village Garage is notable […]

Things Librarians Fancy, Chapter II

It’s time to once again peer into the hidden world of librarians. Blatantly borrowing a concept from a website that shall remain nameless, I present Things Librarians Fancy, Chapter II. Click here to read Chapter I. I am, for the record, guilty of many (many (many)) of the items described below. Hand-selling Books There is […]

Cover Controversy: Psycho Sequel


A couple months back, we looked at book covers that were, well, a bit psycho. Take a look to see what I mean: A creepy tone is shared, is it not? Today, we have an addition to this group. Thanks to Bookends blogger Cindy for tipping me off to… Unwind by Neal Shusterman. A blurry […]

We’re Number Three! We’re Number Three!

Salem Blog Award

The fine folks (I refer to all folks who give me awards as “fine”) at Salem Press just released their Library Blog Awards and 100 Scope Notes took the third spot in the “School Library Blogs” category. I appreciatively accept the above gold seal and shall stick it to my cardigan with pride. Click here […]

Review: Oops! by Jean-Luc Fromental


Oops! By Jean-Luc Fromental Illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet Abrams ISBN: 9780810987494 $17.95 Grades K-2 In Stores When you see that a book is dedicated  to Rube Goldberg, you know what you’re in for – a wildly unexpected chain of events. And that’s what Oops! brings. Oversized, retro-bright illustrations steal the show in this story of […]

Morning Notes: Big Books Edition

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TECHNOLOGY OVERUSE WARNING; YOUR FINGERPRINT FOR A BOOK? Sometimes things go a bit far. That new device that will send out tweets for your cat? Too far. This appears to be another such time. Do we really need fingerprint scanners for checkout in school libraries? A school in Manchester thinks so. Click here to read. […]

It’s Better Than ‘What Are They Being Forced To Read?’

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Free will is great, ain’t it? What Are They Reading for Fun? Is a biweekly column over at School Library Journal which highlights popular books at schools around the country. They contacted me last week to share picks from the 5th and 6th grade school where I work. Now it’s up on the website. Click […]

Bookends is the Nontraditional Review Winner!

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It was a close race, but Lynn and Cindy’s Animoto review of Borrowed Names at Bookends beat out the rest of the pack to take the title for best nontraditional review. Click here to see it. A $25 gift card the Schuler Books will be sent their way. And, as alluded to, Queen: Bookends are […]

Morning Notes: Miss Manners Edition

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WHO WILL BE CHAMPION OF NONTRADITIONAL NONFICTION MONDAY? Remember Nontraditional Nonfiction Monday? That was fun. There are 24 hours left to vote for your favorite of those reviews. Click here to do just that. MISS MANNERS: NOSY LIBRARIAN PRODS FOR PERSONAL INFO Real headline alert! Miss Manners doles out some advice for how to handle […]

Vote for Your Favorite Nontraditional Book Review

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Yesterday, children’s lit bloggers put on a shocking display of creativity in creating nontraditional nonfiction book reviews. Crossword puzzles were created. Comics were crafted. Computers talked. It was beautiful. Today, I encourage you to vote for your favorite. The poll below will be open for 48 hours, with the champ taking home a $25 gift […]