>Alex Forrest, at your service

>In anticipation of the Big Banquet a week from Sunday, I’m giving you an early look at Mind the Gap, our annual list of those books snubbed by the ALA Awards. Okay, snubbed is harsh–overlooked? Dismissed? Ignored? (For the literalists: we know that not all of our choices were eligible, but we’re still coming to […]

>Come to the movies

>On June 25th at 8:00PM at the ALA conference in New Orleans, ALSC is presenting a free screening of The Library of the Early Mind, a documentary about contemporary children’s literature including interviews with many authors and illustrators. I think my favorite segment is the coverage of an attempt to ban Annie on My Mind, […]

>Real Boy Movie

>We saw Thor last night, and it made me think about the chapter I wrote about boy books for A Family of Readers. I called that “Go Big or Go Home” after Will Hobbs’s novel of the same name, and boys and other people who loved that book will love this movie. Explosions, challenges, slapstick, […]

>Yes, another time-travel post

>Has anyone else seen Source Code yet? The ending reminded me of Tom’s Midnight Garden (that cool thing with the skates) although I don’t think it completely held together. Post any theories in the comments and don’t hold back on spoilers. Also feel free to speculate on the wonderful Vera Farmiga’s resemblance to Pam on […]

>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 […]

>At least it isn’t just books

>Box Office Mojo reports that there are more movie sequels than ever before.

>I guess Dakota Fanning would be too obvious a choice

>for Alice, but Greenwillow reports news of casting choices for the movie version of The Last Apprentice, one of my favorite scary books.  Jeff Bridges as the Spook, huh. Saw him last night in True Grit, a movie that seemed to me compelling but not involving.

Notes from the Horn Book, Fanfare edition

The December issue of Notes from the Horn Book is out with the complete annotated Fanfare, our choices for the best books of 2010, and an interview with the Fanfared Megan Whalen Turner. Also, Anita Burkam reviews (the movie)  The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Sounds good!

>Do you skim?

>In her review of the new super-indie film Tiny Furniture, Manohla Dargis wrote of the writer-director-star Lena Dunham that she’s “not afraid of boring you,” a phrase I am convinced is going to come in very handy when I have to say something at least nominally nice. I’ve already used it while watching In Treatment. […]

>iWatch your movie

>and Claire Gross reviews the new Harry Potter movie.  I’m thinking of watching the whole megillacuddy (shut up, I’m in a mixed marriage) of HP movies this weekend, having seen none of them before, and Comcast is offering a deal. Would this be fun?