>Dutch Courage?

>I mentioned over on Facebook showing one of my favorite Christmas movies, The Snowman, based on Raymond Briggs’s book, to the little Dutch kids from downstairs. One is two and the other four and they both seem to enjoy the film (or maybe it’s just that hypno-glaze the Snowman himself demonstrates when he watches TV […]

>Think Pink!

>Mitali Perkins Facebooked and Twittered a question to her friends: “should an author describe the race of a character or leave it to the reader’s imagination?” Good question, and she got some good answers. (Thanks, Gail, for the tip.) It’s a question we also face in reviewing–when do we mention the ethnicity or skin color […]

>From the land of the long white cloud

>Elissa is back from Middle-Earth–and tea with Margaret Mahy, who apparently lives in a cliff. For today’s pop quiz, translate and i.d. the following: “Ki raro au!” hei tā ikā.E kore pai ki āu!Ki raro!” hei tā ikā“E KORE au hia takā!”

>Listen to the children!

>Maybe Sherry Jones, whose The Jewel of Medina was cancelled by Ballantine for fear of Muslim terrorist rage, was just working with the wrong division of Random House. The copyright page of each fall 08 Random House ARC I’ve received states “Random House Children’s Books supports the First Amendment and celebrates the right to read.”

>So which is it?

>Two books reviewed in the forthcoming issue of the Horn Book Guide: From Bearport, Meish Goldish’s Deadly Praying Mantis From Lerner, Sandra Markle’s Praying Mantises: Hungry Insect Heroes Nothing* p.o.’d the late Zena Sutherland more than a nonfiction children’s book ascribing virtue or venality to animals. *Except maybe simultaneous translation in dialogue, as in “‘Hola, […]

>Stick to Your Own Kind?

>I’m intrigued by Arthur Laurents’s plans to bring West Side Story to Broadway next winter in a “bilingual revival,” having the Puerto Rican characters speaking Spanish and otherwise making the show “more realistic.” (Here’s hoping he doesn’t try to set it in the present, though, because that gorgeous, swanky 1950s brass would sound as corny […]

>Craigslist or Freaky Friday?

>Missed Connections: leaving Stony Brook station around 6:00 PM yesterday. Me, tall middle-aged man in a bowtie listening to iPod. You, medium-height young woman reading the Horn Book. Any authors out there ever similarly catch a reader unawares?

>Join the Cool Kids!

>We’re on Facebook now. Really, I have no idea what this means. But come play with us!

>Yes, and you’re not helping

>Woman to man this evening, overheard as I’m jogging by: “Your English skills are deplorable.”

>Good for the Jews

>and good for you, too: Claire’s latest booklist.