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Archives for March 2009

>She has a really good point.

>I like Jill Wolfson’s dissent about SLJ’s upcoming Battle of the Books, for which I am the Decider between Ways to Live Forever and Octavian Nothing II. Jill is right–the BOB provides more publicity for books which have already received plenty, and as a series of apples-and-oranges decisions, it doesn’t have a whole lot of […]

>Houston, you have a problem.

>I will be in Houston for the Texas Library Association meeting this week. Unless you are a demonic rabbit or a cranky illustrator, come find me at the Horn Book booth all day Wednesday and on Thursday morning.

>Who would YOU like to meet?

>Thanks to the Horn Book, Lisa Yee finally got to meet her favorite author.

>Somebody really didn’t think this through.

>The name of Toni and Slade Morrison’s forthcoming picture book from Wiseman/Simon & Schuster is Peeny-Butter Fudge. I can’t be the only adult who has the sense of humor of a nine-year-old.

>"Oh yes, the new Lowry. Haven’t quite got to it yet, but the woman’s a genius."

>While I can think of plenty of children’s books that are actually coffee table books for adults (I know Wabi Sabi was a popular book in the blogosphere but to me it’s a perfect example of this) I’m wondering if there is such a thing among children themselves. Like, is there a Fatal Shore for […]

>When I was a lad,

>Boston Latin was where the smart kids went. No more. [Update] The Boston.com story has been updated and now makes a lot more sense.

>Help Arthur reclaim his heritage!

>So Marc Brown’s Arthur is looking for a new friend. How about . . . an aardvark?

>Propp was a piker

>Here’s how to quantify a folktale: Slagsmålsklubben – Sponsored by destiny from Tomas Nilsson on Vimeo.

>No, I have not twatted,

>unlike Stephen Colbert, but I see from Monica that SLJ has set up a Twitter feed for their Battle of the (Kids’) Books. As you will see there, I am a first-round judge for this thing but I’m not allowed to tell you anything else just yet. Okay, let me just say this: Girls, you’re […]

>Blogging Bolognese

>Just typing that, I’m hungry. I know things have been quiet ’round here; we’re in the middle of our remodeling/move and my mind is perpetually elsewhere. But I have been keeping with with the Bologna Book Fair via Craig Virden’s excellent posts over at PW; do take a look. And our faithful friend Elizabeth is […]