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Your 2019 Labor Day ‘Do Not Read’ List

It’s Labor day. So whatever you do, DO NOT read these books.

My Quest for the Best Read Aloud Chair

I don’t ask for much. A library with some good books. A Rav4 with a working engine. A bowl of oatmeal every morning. I don’t think I’m a picky person. But then I went shopping for a new read aloud chair. I wanted something comfortable and quiet. No problem. That’s what I thought. I live […]

Review: Another by Christian Robinson

Another By Christian Robinson Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781534421677 $17.99 Grades PreK-2 Out Now *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library You know, it’s funny. After seeing an artist’s work over the course of a few years, you think you have a pretty good sense of that artist, right? But […]

A Good Idea for Your Library: Kids + Books + Instax

The school year is nigh and our annual open house is Wednesday. I’m always wracking my brain before open house to come up with a fun way to interact with families about books. A couple years back I set up a photo booth with my laptop and kids and teachers could take a picture with […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#97)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? There’s nothing cute or funny about a child who uses bad grammar, decides to hate people, thinks she knows better than adults, and hollers like a toddler whenever she wants something. Click here for the answer. Why do I […]

Review: Small in the City by Sydney Smith

Small in the City By Sydney Smith Neal Porter Books/Holiday House ISBN: 9780823442614 $18.99 Grades K-2 Out September 3, 2019 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library When it comes to picture book making, one of the holy grails is re-readability. Concocting a story that readers care to hear once and […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#96)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? [T]his was just a pig and an elephant talking to the reader with a joke about a banana. I just don’t see the appeal. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . […]

Review: Kondo & Kezumi Visit Giant Island by David Goodner

Kondo & Kezumi Visit Giant Island By David Goodner Illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi Disney-Hyperion ISBN: 9781368025775 $14.99 Grades 1-3 Out September 17, 2019 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your library People talk quite a bit about the rise of graphic novels in the 21st century, but you know what people don’t talk about enough? […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#95)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? A fool does a foolish thing because he is a fool, and it’s funny. Sort of sorcerer’s apprentice, maybe, but with pasta and a handyman. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . […]

On This Day(ish) In Scope Notes History: Enthusiasm at the Edges

Part of the fun of blogging is the ephemeral nature of the medium – you write a post, put it up quickly, maybe some folks read it, and then it fades away in a hurry. On to the next post. But – PROBLEM – now I’m stuck with this stockpile of ridiculous stuff that never […]

Video Rarity: In the Studio with Donald Crews

Through secret methods, I have unearthed this rarely seen video of Donald Crews giving a tour of his studio. Does he bust out the airbrush? He does. I like it.

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#94)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Unlikeable, flat, contrived, and joyless. This is for fans of snuff flicks and Dickens. I blame Godard. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) […]

‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#9)

Previously… ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#1) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#2) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#3) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#4) ‘And You Shall Know Me by My Twitter Bio’ (#5) ‘And You Shall Know […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#93)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? In essence, the child learns that her mother has lots to spend for her own things but not for toys, and that she does not need her parents’ approval on what or whether to buy anything as long as […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#92)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Do not read this book to your children. What a condensing little miscreant. He is like a judgmental little rich kid who has everything he needs and doesn’t have to work for anything. Click here for the answer. Why […]