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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 […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#91)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? Strange! Entertaining ! This book has 4 stories going on at one time. Confusing! You can read and reread and you come up with different stories. Some stories black and white, others in color, modern and old fashion ! […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#90)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? It was your own fault, Sylvester. Get it together. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One Star […]

Books on Film: Return to the Tundra Illustrator Studio

It’s been a little while since we last checked in on the Tundra Illustrator Studio. So what’s new? In studio videos of two unique artists. Kelly Hill creates illustrations using quilting techniques: And Lesley-Anne Green, who creates three-dimensional art:

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#89)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? A classical tale about a crazy story-teller and his obsession with confusing his child. I was never a big fan of the Disney movies and I was really not a big fan of the book. Click here for the […]

COME ONE COME ALL: The Yarn LIVE with Meg Medina at ALA

Are you attending the American Library Association Annual Conference later this month? We’re recording a LIVE episode of The Yarn podcast with our reigning Newbery medalist, Meg Medina. Do you want details? Details! What: The Yarn LIVE with guest Meg Medina Where: The Pop Top stage (in the exhibits hall) When: Monday, June 24 @ […]

Notes on May 2019

In May . . . . . . I got a big head that was quickly deflated. Oh the fickle most popular book at my school list. . . . we checked in on some 2020 Newbery/Caldecott hopefuls to keep an eye on. The readers over at Goodreads have some thoughts. . . . we […]

A Nerdy Q&A with Nerdy Babies Creator Emmy Kastner

Last summer, at Nerd Camp, I met Kalamazoo author/illustrator Emmy Kastner. She told me, appropriately enough, she was working on a series of books called Nerdy Babies, full of facts for little ones. Now the books are out, and I asked Emmy some questions about the series. Travis: Hi Emmy! I’m always curious about how […]

Endangered Series #13: The English Roses by Madonna

Popularity comes, popularity goes. As librarians we’re always balancing between what will circulate like crazy and what we need to have in the collection. And we’re not the Library of Congress – we can’t (and shouldn’t) keep everything. An endangered series is one that appears to be waning in terms of popularity. But popularity isn’t everything. Should it […]

One Star Review, Guess Who? (#88)

Normally, these posts begin with this: “Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon?” Well, today is a bit of an exception, because it’s actually a two-star review. But when you figure out the book, you’ll see why I couldn’t pass this one up. So here we […]