The outside world doesn’t always get kidlit and YA lit. Children’s books are cute and easy and anyone with a vague sense that children are charming can write them, right? And anyone can write silly fluff for young adults. Especially anyone with a famous name. That’s a common attitude, anyway. But there are celebrities who […]
Remember when the Newbery and Caldecott winners were interviewed on the Today show? If you have a hard time recalling it, don’t worry — you’re not turning into Dory. The last time was six years ago. Now, the people of Twitter (starting with Person-of-Twitter-and-of-Kidlit John Schu) have an idea to bring the winners back to […]
Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s latest, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (Candlewick, October 2014), has been getting quite a bit of buzz (including Caldecott buzz) and has appeared on several best-of-year lists (including Horn Book’s own Fanfare). With all that talk, I can’t be the only person to accidentally call it “Sam & Dean […]
As we fans know, the Netflix original Orange Is the New Black is set in Litchfield Penitentiary, a federal prison for women in upstate New York. This prison is clearly underfunded. It’s falling apart. Its limited resources are being siphoned off by despicable assistant warden Fig. The sewers are backing up into the drains in […]
Watching old episodes of The Muppet Show with my three-year-old, I’m reminded of the Katy Perry Sesame Street scandal from a few years ago. Granted, Gonzo and the gang have always been more envelope-pushing than their daytime puppet counterparts, but it is nevertheless a little bit off-key-sounding to hear Kermit describe Raquel Welch as “sexy” […]
Roger Sutton really does not like the Muppets. Who knew? If you want to stay on his good side, do not play, sing, or reference the song “Mahna Mahna”. For those of you like me who do like the Muppets—and especially “Mahna Mahna”—here is some joy to end the year: Happy New Year!