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Archives for December 2010

Paper cuts, or why I’m swearing at Grace Lin

Grace Lin has some adorable Ling & Ting paper dolls up on her blog—the perfect activity to keep my daughters (ages 5 and 10) busy during these last few moments of school vacation week. Grace recommends using cardstock, which we lacked, so our dolls were a little flimsy. I can’t blame that on Grace, but […]

I thought you would be a children’s book

I know we’re not supposed to judge by covers and all, but I’m guessing that the publisher BOOM! Town has us mistaken for some other book review journal.

The outside of the box

A shipment of The Creative Company‘s review copies recently arrived—creatively packaged in a box emblazoned with text from their fiction and biography frontlist titles. Any guesses as to which seasonally appropriate novel this is? “As you go into the sitting-room in the Stahlbaums’ house, on your left-hand side you will see a tall glass cabinet […]

Merry Christmas, now shut up.

I’m over at Out of the Box today opining on Wild About Books, my favorite thus far of the book apps I have read/heard/fingered/etc. A larger question here, though — why are the narrators for these things so annoying? Thank God you have the option to shut them up and read aloud for yourself because […]

Where the wild things bounce

Quick question: which would you rather read, a book that tells you reading is fun, or a book that is fun to read? Judy Sierra and Marc Brown’s Wild About Books, first published in 2004, manages to be a little bit of both, as bookmobile librarian Molly McGrew turns a whole zoo onto the pleasures […]

>R.I.P. Ron Shank

>I’m sorry to report the death of former Horn Book publisher Ron Shank. While it was a blink-and-you-might-have-missed-it relationship, as Ron became ill shortly after LJ and SLJ (and he) were acquired by Media Source, he did come up to Boston for a day and everyone here thought he was going to be a terrific […]

>Sister is doing it for ourselves

>Over at SLJ, Betsy Bird reviews a Family of Readers and former Guide Goddess Chelsey Philpot grills Martha and me about the book’s genesis.

>Toddler talk

>Our Kitty and her son Jakob found themselves on Salley Mavor’s blog this week. Jakob of the Ducks

Merry Christmakwanzukkah!

I have to admit, my initial response to Mark Binder’s CD A Holiday Present! Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Ramadan, Diwali, Solstice, New Year’s (Light Publications) was unenthusiastic. The carefully non-denominational cover illustration and the tagline “Warm, joyful, and fun adventures celebrating giving and family” had me bracing for some seriously touchy-feely PC crap. Includes “We Wish […]

December Notes: all Fanfare, all the time

December’s Notes from the Horn Book is full of Fanfare goodness, with glowing recommendations of 26 of the year’s best-of-the-best books for children and young adults — plus an interview with honoree Megan Whalen Turner. The December Notes is available online, but make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on upcoming issues.