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Link Du Jour: Narnia Covers Redone


I really don’t get tired of these. Artist M. S. Corley, the man behind the recent redesign of the Harry Potter and His Dark Materials covers strikes again. This time he bestows the classic Penguin treatment on The Chronicles of Narnia. These covers won’t be coming to a shelf near you, but fun to take […]

Book Review: Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee


Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) By Lisa Yee Illustrated by Dan Santat Arthur A. Levine Books ISBN: 9780545055925 $15.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores Sept. 1, 2009 Review copy borrowed In a climate where you can’t throw a dinner roll without hitting five or six new series, Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) is a middle grade school story […]

Little House in the Big New Yorker


Can’t say I’m well-versed in the Little House series. “But you’re a children’s librarian” you say? Yes, yes – well, we all have books on our “shelves of shame” (as the wonderful Bookends blog puts it). The New Yorker recently did a piece on Laura Wilder and her daughter Rose, who worked together in creating […]

Choosin' Ain't Easy


My reactions upon seeing Choose Your Own Adventure #2: Journey Under the Sea mapped out and analyzed: 1. It’s possible to complete the book after only five steps? 2. Now I understand why I never got to that point. (Click here to read more at BoingBoing) (Click here to view the PDF) *Update* Bookshelves of […]

You Want 'Uglies'? It's Yours


Put this in your “That Doesn’t Happen Every Day” file. Simon & Schuster is distributing Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies as a free PDF. Click the image below to head over to BoingBoing and get in on the action. By the way, do you really have a “That Doesn’t Happen Every Day” file? Seems a little excessive.

What's Next, Books With Tails? (Actually, Yeah)


I ran across a book recently which struck me as unusual. I had never before seen a story with a built-in finger puppet: It reminded me of an outstanding post on Collecting Children’s Books a while back that focused on another children’s book gimmick – tails. Click the image below to read more.

I'm Socializing


My life goal of doing a Google search for my name and finding zero results is really going down the tubes here. For those of you who read 100 Scope Notes in an RSS reader, I’ve added links to the two social networks I use right on the main page. It is now easier to […]

Nonfiction Monday: Just the Right Size by Nicola Davies


Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little By Nicola Davies Illustrated by Neal Layton Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763639242 $14.99 Grades 3-6 In Stores Review copy provided by publisher Is it just me, or does it seem that more and more, nonfiction books are trying to be all things […]

New 'Where the Wild Things Are' Trailer

A new trailer for the Spike Jonze directed Where the Wild Things Are film is up and things are still looking pretty good (although I’m not sure about the dog right at the end). The Arcade Fire soundtrack is still there, but this one features much more dialog than the first preview. In theaters Oct. […]

Cover Controversy: Gettin' Dressed Up… Again


In terms of cover trends, could unoccupied dresses be to ’09 what socks were to ’07-’08? It appears that this may be a situation to monitor. I wrote a couple weeks back about two personless dress-related covers that caught my eye: And today I’m flipping through the Feiwel and Friends Fall catalog and what do […]

Book Review: The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis


The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook By Eleanor Davis Bloomsbury ISBN: 9781599901428 $18.99 Grades 4-7 In Stores Sept. 1, 2009 Review copy borrowed A humble suggestion: If you see this book, open it up, flip through it. The sheer amount of creativity and inventiveness is stunning. Eleanor Davis (creator of last year’s Geisel […]

Book Review: Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon


Dragonbreath By Ursula Vernon Dial Books 9780803733633 $12.99 Grades 3-5 In Stores Review copy provided by publisher It seems like lately, illustration has been making all sorts of inroads into what was once text-only territory. You can’t go very far in a library or bookstore these days without coming across some new-fangled marriage between these […]

A Sunday Comic


Thoughts on Redwall, courtesy of webcomic XKCD: Click here to read more XKCD.

'The Fantastic Mr. Fox' Trailer

The look is kinda old-school. Not that I’m against that. Label me cautiously optimistic. [youtube=]

Gallery: Debut YA Covers


Huzzah to the brave souls who boldly assembled their debut YA book covers (click here to give it a try). Below is a gallery of the sometimes outstanding, sometimes outstandingly unfortunate results. Break @ Words on Words by Maggie Stiefvater (author of the recently released Shiver) Strum @ Pop Candy. Signal @ princessdeia. Bluster @ […]