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Beauty and makeup how-to books are abundant and ever-popular—makeup artist turned beauty mogul Kevyn Aucoin’s New York Times bestseller Making Faces (Little, Brown, 1997) and his later Face Forward (Little, Brown, 2000) set the bar high. Erika Stalder (with celebrity stylists Christopher Fulton and Cameron Cohen) smartly cashes in on the genre for a young […]

How pleasant, indeed.

Chronicle has just published His Shoes Were Far Too Tight, a collection of Edward Lear’s poems, selected and introduced by author/NPR commentator Daniel Pinkwater. The collection is illustrated by Calef Brown, a fabulous children’s poet himself. With the book we received a CD of the euphonious Pinkwater narrating five of the poems. My favorite is […]

Get “The Goods”

from Adam Rex’s “Abraham SuperLincoln” Venerable-yet-irreverent multimedia publisher McSweeney’s recently announced a new project: “The Goods,” a weekly newspaper insert offering “a gallimaufry of games, puzzles, comics, and other diversions” created by children’s authors and illustrators. Looking at their line-up — headed by such heavy hitters as Mo Willems, Laurie Keller, Lane Smith, Bob Shea, Adam […]

Be my Valentine, Neil Gaiman.

Neil Gaiman, love of my literary life, has posted a free mp3 of his story “Harlequin Valentine” on his blog. You may want to listen before overindulging in Valentine’s chocolate, though, as the story brings new meaning to the phrase “eat your heart out.”

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 […]

And you thought I was kidding about the Silly Bandz.

As promised, some book-related ephemera! The eponymous boxes. Behind them you can see (left to right) a Halloween card sent by Penguin (“Happy Halloween from Dick and Jane and Vampires“), a leaf art thank-you note from Lois Ehlert, a Bink and Gollie watch, and pink pouches of fairy dust. What you sadly can’t see, obscured […]