>Ponyo

>Wow, what a great movie. I’d gone in expecting another Spirited Away, which I found gorgeous but rambling and portentous and adult, but Ponyo is a true kids’ movie. That’s not to say I didn’t have a fine time playing spot-the-allusion–forget “The Little Mermaid,” Ponyo has The Magic Flute all over it–but the heroes seem […]

>Not to mention the flaming cheese. Opa!

>Back from ALA but barely. Returned to Boston Tuesday evening then spent Wednesday on the phone for a Horn Book board meeting; faced today with two hundred pages of Guide editing and my Simmons class coming over to talk about reviewing in situ. It was a great conference–the author interviews went very well despite some […]

>Go boys, go!

>Eric Carle and Walter Dean Myers are USBBY’s nominees for next year’s Hans Christian Andersen Awards. The complete list of nominees is here. The disproportionate number of men, worldwide, nominated for this award this year reminds me to link to Editorial Anonymous’s current discussion of the CSK Who-Can-Win-What question. My thoughts on that have already […]

>May/June Horn Book Magazine

>The May/June issue is out, bedecked with a pastelly portrait of Frances the badger digging into her bread and jam. Along with the articles you can read online–an interview with Sarah Dessen, Jack Gantos on booze and books, Janet Hamilton on science books–the print edition includes an essay by Linda Sue Park about food, glorious […]

>More weeding wisdom

>From Work with Children in Public Libraries by Effie L. Power (ALA, 1943): “Nationality and race influence mode and type of reading and therefore library selection. Jewish boys and girls are inclined to read serious books on mature subjects, and Italian children who live most naturally out-of-doors under sunny skies read reluctantly but enjoy picture […]

>Blogging Bolognese

>Just typing that, I’m hungry. I know things have been quiet ’round here; we’re in the middle of our remodeling/move and my mind is perpetually elsewhere. But I have been keeping with with the Bologna Book Fair via Craig Virden’s excellent posts over at PW; do take a look. And our faithful friend Elizabeth is […]

>March/April 2009 Horn Book Magazine

>The Horn Book has a snow day today but our latest issue is out and, partly, up. We’ve posted an intelligently bristling argument from Farah Mendlesohn what’s wrong with contemporary YA SF as well as veteran Joanna Rudge Long’s thoughts on what to look for in a “Three Little Pigs.” The print Magazine also includes […]

>Maybe it’s all the Ayn Rand I read in high school

>but I find these landscapes immensely comforting. They remind me of a night drive Anne Quirk and I had back from Galveston to Houston, through some fairyland of lights and probably toxic gases.

>Who Can Win What?

>Esme Codell takes Marc Aronson‘s part in this perpetual debate. One historical point–Esme cites Ouida Sebestyen’s Words By Heart as one book that “makes an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution to an African-American audience and to everyone else as well,” thus making the Coretta Scott King Awards suffer for its ineligibility. But I remember the […]

>I can’t quite put my finger on it.

>PW has announced its (casually) bookseller-chosen Cuffie Awards, with Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes as the picture book pick. It is a big favorite here, too, getting a starred review and a spot on our Fanfare 2009 list. Every parent I know loves it, and the text and […]