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Archives for February 2011

Celebrating Virginia Hamilton

I recently read and reviewed The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith, a book about the ways slavery and the Underground Railroad still haunt us (both metaphorically and literally). It had me wanting to reread The House of Dies Drear and wishing my copy were with me in Boston rather than in California at […]

>and someday Man will walk on the Moon

>Interesting discussion on the ALSC-L listserv: they are discussing what to do with Judith St. George and David Small’s So You Want to Be President, which, last revised in 2004, includes the statement that “no person of color has been President.” On the one hand it is dated and inaccurate; on the other, the original […]

Squeak by growl

I have to say I laughed when the audiobook edition of Jerry Pinkney‘s famously wordless The Lion and the Mouse came into the office. But the production is from Weston Woods and I should have known better. While faithfully and realistically reproducing the sound effects that constitute the only printed text in the book, the […]

>At least it isn’t just books

>Box Office Mojo reports that there are more movie sequels than ever before.

>Let’s hope this doesn’t catch on

>An author is suing the publisher of a book review for criminal libel. The Times article is entertainingly snarky (it doesn’t hurt that the author, reviewer, and publisher are all lawyers) but don’t miss the exchange of letters between the author and the publisher (it’s a pdf), who seem to be friends. Or at least […]

Fortune’s cookies

It’s your lucky day if you find yourself in possession of Fortune Cookies by Albert Bitterman (Beach Lane). In a concisely told, carefully conceived story, a girl receives a box of seven fortune cookies. Her first fortune says, “Today you will lose something you don’t need.” And, voila, she loses her tooth, which she puts […]

>Gratuitous or essential?

>Watching the Grammys the other night and finally succumbing to the hook they seemed to be playing over and over (reminding me of the night, now and forever, the Tonys would not let go of “Midnight . . . all the kitties are sleeping . . .”), I became curious about the apparently runaway success […]

For your little mensch

Laurel Snyder, probably best known for her middle-grade novels Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains, or, The Search for a Suitable Princess, Any Which Wall, and Penny Dreadful, presents a Judaism-themed board book that’s preschooler-perfect. Nosh, Schlep, Schluff: BabYiddish records a day in the life of one young tot (could be either gender; one of […]

>When books become real

>This little bit of internet mischief always makes me think of Frindle.

R.I.P. Margaret K. McElderry

In memory of the great and good Margaret K. McElderry, who died on Monday, we offer the two-part interview Leonard Marcus conducted with her for the November-December 1993 and January-February 1994 issues of the Horn Book Magazine. The list of books Margaret published that I love is very, very long, but it begins with Margot […]