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Book Review: Constance and the Great Escape by Pierre Le Gall


Constance and the Great Escape (Constance #2) By Pierre Le Gall Illustrated by Éric Héliot Sterling ISBN: 9781402766497 $9.95 Grades 1-3 In Stores Review copy provided by publisher *Recommended* It’s fairly rare in children’s literature to run across an unlikeable character with absolutely no redeeming qualities. Sure Junie B. Jones breaks some rules, Max is […]

Link Du Jour: Filter Magazine Gets 'Wild'


There comes a moment when you realize that a song/book/movie has really crossed over. When I saw that music magazine Filter was coming out with a Where the Wild Things Are issue next week, that moment occurred. Click here to head over to Pop Candy and read more.

Video Clip: Fantastic Mr. Fox Featurette


If I had to describe the new Fantastic Mr. Fox featurette in one word it would be this: handmade. While you’re mulling over whether that’s technically one word or two (as I am), click the image below to start watching. Narrated by Jason Schwartzman.

Video: World's Longest Children's Book Domino Rally


I’ve never really thought about it before, but I am truly a sucker for a good domino rally. HarperCollins Children’s Books dares to do the impossible – replace the dominoes with children’s books. I think you’ll like this:

Controversy Report: Breaking Sock News


This just in… It happened again. Standing for Socks by Elissa Brent Weissman. It shall be added to the ever-growing gallery of sock-related covers. As always, I vow to keep you updated with any new sock-related  cover art developments.

Video Clip: Sendak on Illustration

Is your favorite part of the DVD the special features? This video is for you. Children’s lit legend Maurice Sendak discusses illustration – is there a better authority? “All the great novels, I would not illustrate” [youtube=]

August '09 Book Giveaway: NERDS by Michael Buckley


Summer has a way of robbing me of my natural book giving away instincts. Time to get back in tune with nature. This time around there is one book up for grabs. If you’re interested in snagging it, contact me on Twitter, or send an email to before 11:59 pm on Tuesday night. If […]

Nonfiction Monday: Show Off by Sarah Hines Stephens & Bethany Mann


Show Off By Sarah Hines Stephens and Bethany Mann Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763645991 $18.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores Sept. 22, 2009 Review copy provided by publisher *Recommended* A Step-by-Step Review Step 1 – Get your hands on this book. You might check it out from a library, you might find it in a book store, […]

Sunday Link Du Jour: Old, Occasionally Odd Covers


When I stumble upon old children’s book covers, my eyes have a tendency to glaze over and there is a nearly reflexive loss of interest. I am uncontrollably new-school in this way. It’s embarrassing. However, there is something about this Flickr set of children’s books from 1860-1920 that did the opposite. Some of these titles […]

100 Scope Notes 2009 Fall Preview


Don’t tell my seersucker shorts, but Fall will soon be gracing us with it’s cooler temps, apples, apple cider, apple flavored doughnut holes, and other apple related consumables. It’s also a time when I crack open publisher catalogs and pick out the upcoming releases that catch my eye. I’ll likely review some of these in […]

Read a Chapter of Catching Fire at NPR


Catching Fire, the much anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games will be released Sept. 1. The fine folks at NPR are providing a chance to read (and listen to) a chapter now. From the press release: On September 1, fans of last year’s young adult best-seller The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins will get their […]

Fantasy Cover with Swords? Seen it 83 Times.


Tim Holman, publisher of scifi and fantasy imprint Orbit, surveyed a swath of fantasy covers and charted the results. Required reading for those of you wondering about the current popularity of “Glowy Magic”. (Thanks to BuzzFeed for the link)

Audio Clip: 'Where the Wild Things Are' Soundtrack


Fans of indie-rock-influenced, children’s-choir-aided, group-whistling-festooned music created for soundtracks of children’s books turned into films, take notice. A song from the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack has hit the web. The singing is a bit jarring at first (courtesy of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O.), but I got into this one pretty quick. […]

Book Review: Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires


Binky the Space Cat By Ashley Spires Kids Can Press ISBN: 9781554533091 $16.95 Grades 2-4 In Stores Review copy provided by publisher *Recommended* The pet who thinks it knows better than its owner is a mainstay protagonist in children’s literature and popular culture in general. From Mark Teague’s LaRue books to Garfield, young readers enjoy […]

Create Your Debut YA Cover on Pop Candy

Pop Candy YA Cover Post

I regularly peruse USA Today pop culture blog Pop Candy. The other day I emailed Pop Candy mastermind (and occasional VH1 talking head) Whitney Matheson to see if she would partake in creating a debut YA cover (which I posted the steps for a couple weeks back). A fan of young adult lit, I figured […]