>Come on down

> Next Tuesday through Friday I’ll be down at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, delivering the Ezra Jack Keats Lecture on Thursday. Hope to see some of you there. I last spoke there in 1998 and have gone to the Guide to find some very interesting differences in what […]

>The boy who chased the dragon’s tattoo

>Or whatever it’s called, Claire reviews it.

Did we make it?

I think we did.  In the news: Australian fantasy writer, and winner of the 1984 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (for A Little Fear), Patricia Wrightson has died. More happily, Hans Christian Andersen awards have been won by David Almond (also a BGHB winner, for The Fire Eaters) for writing and Jutta Bauer for illustration (although […]

>Bring your own mushrooms

>Chelsey reviews the new Alice in Wonderland.

>Percy Jackson

>Claire takes a breather from library school to review the movie.

>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 […]

>October Notes

>The latest issue of Notes from the Horn Book has just been published, with an interview with Kristin Cashore, reviews of new fantasy sequels, new chapter books, new picture-book biographies of artists, and new books about autumn. New! New! New!

>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 […]

>For your weekend viewing pleasure

>Claire saw Inkheart. It sounds good.

>After all, the dictionary offers plenty of scope.

>Deborah Stevenson sent me this useful chart.