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Link Du Jour: Coraline Cookies, Cats Painting, and a Warning

Coraline Cookies

There are pros and cons to doing a “clearing out the vaults”, “all links must go” post such as this: Pro: I get to clear out the vaults. Con: You suspect I’m crazy for amassing these links in the first place. And wonder why I would put them in a vault. Ah, well. Let’s begin… […]

2010 Book Spine Poem Gallery

Year of Reading

I’m impressed. Three cheers for the brave souls who took book spines and created their own poetic masterpieces (or centos, as Laura Purdie Salas tells me). There’s some great work here. Be sure to visit Becky’s Book Reviews for the Poetry Friday Roundup. @ A Year of Reading @ Bookends. @ Papertrails Family Book Blog. […]

Booklist Names 2010 Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth


While the time parameters on this list confound me, the purpose is crystal clear. Booklist recently released their top graphic novel picks from the last year, and I like their style. They have a few choices that have been getting love elsewhere (Stitches, Secret Science Alliance, Meanwhile…) and a few that are completely new to […]

Review: My Garden by Kevin Henkes


My Garden By Kevin Henkes Greenwillow (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780061715181 $17.99 Grades PreK-2 In Stores *Best New Books* Tone. It’s a tricky thing. If an author slips up in this area, a book can come across as confusing, or worse, condescending. Kevin Henkes knows tone well, and My Garden is the proof. It doesn’t scream. It […]

Calling All Book Spine Poems!

Poetry 003

Last Friday, I tried my hand at book spine poetry. It was fun. Here’s my humble suggestion to you: Step #1: Find a bunch of books. Step #2: Mix ’em up. Step #3: Arrange them. Step #4: Rearrange them. Step #5: Repeat. Step #6: Take a picture of your awesome book spine poem, post it […]

Cover Controversy: It’s Psycho

Possessed Cover

Excuse me as I go a little YA for a minute. Bookends bloggers Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan tipped me off to a recent cover similarity that can’t be denied. The gist? You fear what you can’t completely see. The first cover please… Possessed by Kate Cann. Spooky, right? And now, the doppelganger: The Pickpocket’s […]

Nonfiction Monday: The TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics

TOON Treasury

The TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics Selected and edited by Art Spiegelman & Françoise Mouly Abrams Comicarts ISBN: 9780810957305 $40.00 Grades 1-Adult In Stores *Best New Books* Having spent my formative years reading Jughead Double Digest and Richie Rich by reading light, I have a soft spot for comics of all shapes and sizes. […]

Link Du Jour: Books on the iPad. Whoa.


The CEO of Penguin recently presented some of their in-development book concepts for the iPad (including children’s and YA titles), and I recommend you take a look. With the Kindle in my mind as the ebook standard, I underestimated the interactivity of the iPad, which is on full display in the video below. As I […]

Poetry Friday: Spiny

Nina Katchadourian

Poetry. Not really in my wheelhouse. I appreciate good poetry and applaud those who write it, but it’s not a genre that I feel very comfortable in. The other day, I came across a type of poetry I’d never seen. It isn’t written, but chosen and arranged using the titles of books. Check out the […]

Video: Guardians of Ga’Hoole, er, ‘Legends of the Guardians’ Trailer


The Guardians of Ga’Hoole is one of those sneakily popular series to which scores of kids are devoted. As is the accepted practice for popular children’s books, the powers that be are bringing it to the silver screen (with a little name change). The animation certainly looks nice.

Video Clip: Alice in Wonderland, 1903

Alice 1903

Sure there’s a shiny new Tim Burton-directed Alice in Wonderland coming out tomorrow (March 5th), but I prefer to kick it with old school Alice. 19 aught three Alice. I don’t know what’s wilder – that they adapted Lewis Carroll’s classic to the silver screen over 100 years ago, or that you can watch it […]

Become a Wimp

Travis Wimp

I was planning on doing an On Hold @ the Library post last month, but when I went to check out the hold shelf at my school library and it was all Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Every last one. Telling you Jeff Kinney’s series is popular is like telling me I don’t have […]

Morning Notes: ‘I’ve Got a Golden Ticket’ Edition

Morning Notes Banner

WONKA CANDY LAUNCHES REAL-LIFE ‘GOLDEN TICKET’ CONTEST Sound the real headline siren! I’m already working on a personality flaw that will act as my downfall if I find a ticket. I’m thinking an over-reliance on prepackaged peanut butter crackers should suffice. Pop Candy has the lowdown. JOHN GRISHAM TO WRITE KID’S BOOKS; CHILDREN’S TOLERANCE OF […]

Review: Cat the Cat, Who is THAT? by Mo Willems

Cat the Cat cov

Cat the Cat, Who is THAT? By Mo Willems Balzer + Bray ISBN: 9780061728402 $10.99 Grades PreK-K In Stores Mo Willems appears to be incapable of creating a book that doesn’t delight readers. After slaying read-alouds with a string of picture book hits, Willems branched out to easy readers in 2007 with the Elephant and […]

Unfortunate Covers (#14)

Sing Down the Moon Cover

What is an Unfortunate Cover? One part great/classic book, one part unappealing cover. Take a look at past Unfortunates: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13. Now, on to today’s cover. So where do you stand on landscapes? It hurts that the latest inductee into the Hall of the […]