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Archives for February 2008

>NOT by the hair of her chinny-chin-chin, apparently

>Off to the Eric Carle Museum today for tomorrow’s program; let’s hope the weather holds out! [UPDATE: It’s not going to. The event has been canceled and will be rescheduled.] Just read that the multimillion-dollar-lawsuit-inspiring Misha, a Holocaust memoir in which the author claimed to have been sheltered by wolves for a time, has been […]

>Frontlist becoming backlist

>Hearing Norma Jean Sawicki talk (see Tuesday’s entry) about the massive debt behind the publishing industry’s mergers and acquisitions made me feel much better about my Visa bill. It also made me think about how much more company is on top of what I personally see at most houses–I might know the editor in chief, […]

>We Were There

>Does anyone remember the We Were There books? There were two I read over and over: We Were There at Pearl Harbor and We Were There at Guadalcanal. I would have been reading them around 1964, roughly twenty-five years after the events in the books took place, which seemed to me like forever ago. I’m […]

>Forget Celebrity Writers . . .

>. . . for Oscar Day, I present you with a celebrity reviewer, movie actress Saffron Burrows in the Guardian. Good job, too. My Oscar hopes: No Country for Old Men, Coen brothers, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, none of them*, Amy Ryan, Persepolis; don’t care about the rest but think the un-nominated Eastern Promises […]

>It’s more than horse books

>There’s a piece on the International Children’s Digital Library in today’s Boston Globe that inspired me to take another browse over there. The ICDL is currently running a bunch of features on Mongolia, which fits in nicely with my Silk Road kick–I’m reading Colin Thubron’s Shadow of the Silk Road and listening to Sainkho Namtchylak, […]

>Who’s in your backyard?

>Horn Book Guide editorial assistant Rachel Smith reviews the new Spiderwick movie.

>For reals?

>I’d like to take a moment to thank HarperCollins for putting a nail into the coffin of a word that’s long outlived its usefulness. Explaining their plans to publish a series that will provide opportunities for product placement, Harper children’s boss Susan Katz explains: “If you look at Web sites, general media or television, corporate […]

>You can buy a printer, but can you buy a clue?

>We got a call last week asking if the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards accept submissions of print-on-demand books. Editorial Anonymous explains why not. Clueless wannabes will always be with us but what confounds me more are stories that indulge in all the sentimentality, preachiness, lame rhyming and anthropomorphism we say never, ever to indulge a […]

>This made me go all teary

>Watch the clip.

>Notes from the Horn Book

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