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Archives for November 2009

Horn Book Fanfare 2009

Best books of 2009 Chosen annually by our editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine’s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year. Picture Books Birds written by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek (Greenwillow) A young girl muses on birds, their colors and sizes, their movements and mysteries. Henkes’s […]

>Claire Takes a Bite

>out of New Moon.

>What to Watch?

>We had only been watching half an hour or so of the new Prisoner mini-series when Richard said, “I’m tired of these shows.” Pressed for elucidation, he said “you know, shows where the whole thing is WHAT’S GOING ON?” There certainly a lot of these cued on our DVR–Heroes, FlashForward, Fringe, with Lost coming back […]

>To "see like a child": all it’s cracked up to be?

>Back on the discussion of long book reviews, Maluose commented that “those of you who think kids are naturally great reviewers have never had to endure any of their blow-by-blow plot summaries. They make most bloggers sound positively terse.” Too true. The “book reviews” kids would deliver when I ran a summer reading club a […]

>One question or two?

>So, what does it mean–if anything–that Phillip Hoose’s National Book Award winning Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice is ineligible for the Coretta Scott King Award (because Hoose is white) and Jerry Pinkney’s Lion & the Mouse is in the same position because it isn’t about black people? Does it not matter, or have the CSK […]

>Too damned long

>I see that PW has followed up on Betsy Bird’s thoughts on the Amazon Vine program; their speculation that membership in Vine might be a perk for good customers is intriguing if not substantiated. What seems oddest to me is that this program–for which publishers and other producers pay for the privilege of having their […]

>We skipped the maple candy, too

> Back from Vermont–we did get to visit the Patersons (that Katherine bakes a mean scone and gave us plenty to take back to our Killington chalet, no snow but there was a hot tub) but not JRL as poor Buster was by then too exhausted and disoriented to either move or leave behind. (He […]

>I hope it isn’t ALL Ben & Jerry’s

>Going to Vermont for a few days; hoping to see Katherine Paterson and HB reviewer Joanna Rudge Long (who lives not near but ON the Appalachian Trail) but otherwise just r&r, Roger and Richard, and Buster, who at twenty is too old for any trailwalking but we hope will enjoy the fireplace. Lots of reading […]

>Lions are . . .

>The New York Times Best Illustrated Books list is out, along with my review of The Lion & the Mouse. What a great book–I wish they had given me twice the space. When I sat down with it and my two young neighbors, the two year old boy announced, looking uncertainly at the cover, “lions […]

>Can I buy an umlaut?

>I love it when my second-favorite magazine meets the interests of my first: “The young miller is naive, vulnerable and over-enthusiastic, with a poetic imagination, but not psychotic! As to the cycle’s ending, his death in the brook makes me think of the Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials. Pullman imagines death as a dispersal […]