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Archives for April 2009

>Poor Lois

>I don’t envy Lois Lowry her BoB choice between Kingdom on the Waves and The Hunger Games. According to SLJ’s poll, public opinion is hardly divided: ol’ Octavian has eleven votes while Katnip has 157 and is the top vote getter by far in the pool of sixteen. I’d go with Kingdom (to short-title a […]

>Is that a hobbit in my pocket?

>Mainly because I could, last night I downloaded the Lord of the Rings to my Baby-Touch-Me iPod. Fourteen bucks from Amazon’s Kindle store, not bad. I’m all for ebooks and read them a lot, but I wonder if the format will encourage the kind of devotion to a text that my friends and I had […]

>Happy birthday,

>Harper Lee! Listen to a mockingbird in her honor.

>A belated secret message

>To the person who mailed us an anonymous submission in response to my query for suggestions for changes to the Horn Book Magazine: while we could, if warranted, publish an article by an Anonymous, we would need to verify who you are before doing so. But I do thank you for the very helpful thoughts. […]

>Presto, change-o

>Collecting Children’s Books has had a couple of interesting posts about books such as They Were Strong and Good and The Rooster Crows, which have been bowdlerized to reflect changing standards of “appropriateness” in regard to depictions of nonwhite characters. Those are two among several if not many; Mary Poppins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory […]

>Don’t forget!

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>X hits the spot

>Reviewer X has a good discussion going on blog reviewing. I confess I’m dying to try Twitter if only to see just WHO is: comparing their “hit lists” for authors they plan to ask for ARCs, trading e-mail addresses and results, complaining about whether they’re getting an ARC, and actually encouraging each other to send […]

>Whither YA?

>Josie has a post up about adults buying young adult books for their own pleasure, citing The Book Thief, Hunger Games and the Stephenie Meyer books as particular favorites among customers at The Flying Pig. I was musing about this topic the other day with the YA class over at Simmons, as we asked the […]

>A conspiracy theory of reviewing

>Editorial Anonymous has, for writers, some good news and some good news about children’s books reviews. The good news, she (?) says, is that good reviews can help sell books. And the other good news is that bad reviews won’t hurt selling books. I have a more nuanced opinion. More and more children’s books are […]

>I didn’t see this coming.

>Round 2 of the BoB has begun, with Tim Wynne Jones choosing Kingdom on the Waves over Trouble Begins at Eight. The judges do not have all appeared to get my memo: in this round it was supposed to be Kingdom v. Graveyard Book, Chains v. Tender Morsels, Frankie Landau-Banks v. Hunger Games and Graceling […]