>Question re The Help,

>which I have just finished and found interesting in ways intended and otherwise. But I am unsure about a major plot point and will to try to phrase my question so as not to spoil it for anyone planning to read it or see the movie: Did Minny actually do what she said she did […]

>I never went

> . . . to a prom, but I admire the way these authors proudly show off the ruffles and powder blue of youth.

>Can we still say Big Kahuna?

>Sounds like Chief Illiniwek in a different headdress to me, but in any case, Richard Peck is as worthy as anyone of the title and he has spoken. Is there a teensy jab in his discussion of the virtues of Keeper or am I reading that in? Gotta watch those smooth talkers.

>In which I possibly overextend my metaphor to dangerous ends

>Last night we went to a preview for the new Omnimax movie Tornado Alley. If you like weather porn, it’s really swell, with big scary skies, hail, and lots of cloud and funnel action. I’m not sure I learned much more about tornadoes than I knew going in, but that could be because the immersive […]

>Jokers to the left of me, jokers to the right

>Leila pointed me to this case in Seattle of Brave New World being yanked from the curriculum for being insensitive re Native Americans. The Prez has already gotten in trouble (per usual) with Fox News for the inclusion in his new picture book of Sitting Bull (http://nation.foxnews.com/media/2010/11/15/obama-praises-indian-chief-who-killed-us-general); I’m wondering if that same spread is going […]

>The Horn Book lends a hand

>Cynsations interviews illustrator Nicole Tagdell, who credits a Horn Book article by our reviewer Susan Dove Lempke with inspiring her career.

>Bring back Louis Darling!

> Some on the ALSC listserv are complaining that a new ALA poster lacks ethnic diversity. (If you squint you can see two kids of color in the background.) But the poster is based on Beverly Cleary’s major characters (white people all, yes?) as seen in their latest editions, illustrated by Tracy Dockray. As black-and-white […]

>Championed by Children

> Mitali Perkins has up a great letter sent on her behalf by a group of second-graders to Barnes and Noble: “we were surprised when we figured out that most of your bookstores in Massachusetts don’t carry her books. Why do you not carry Mitali Perkins’ books in your bookstore?!” Who knows if they will […]

>Congrats to Siobhán!

>Via childlit, I have learned that Siobhán Parkinson has been named Ireland’s first laureate for children’s literature. Read her bristling article on the Famine in children’s books to clear the faery dew from yer head.

>And as a bonus, I would even shelve books.

>In my next life, I hope to come back as a children’s book writer with enough talent and poise to be invited by the wonderful Monika Schröder to visit the American embassy school in New Delhi. Linda Sue Park just got back.