>Off till next week

>Thank you all for the great discussion about adults and children reading. Richard and I are going to New York today to see Elizabeth and other assorted friends and two shows: the revival of Sunday in the Park with George, which was the first show I ever saw on Broadway, and Come Back, Little Sheba […]

>People Lust for Fame Like Athletes in a Game

>Is or is not “Stars” the most lugubrious song Janis Ian ever wrote? And that is saying a lot. In either event, here are the starred books from the March/April Horn Book Magazine:Dog and Bear: Two’s Company (Porter/Roaring Brook) written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Rex Zero, King of Nothing (Kroupa/Farrar) by Tim Wynne-Jones […]

>A different movie

>Claire is going to be reviewing The Golden Compass for you all, so let me skip my opinions on that for the moment to recommend what we saw as the first half of our Saturday night double-feature: Enchanted. Pretty hilarious if insidious, too, wrapping a Disney-princess-power theme in so many layers of parody and sincerity […]

>Back from NYC

>and a fine trip it was. Monday evening I had the chance to meet scads of people from the child_lit listserv including its creator Michael Joseph, whose glasses I want but don’t think I could pull off (him or on me). The food was just-okay–wild boar shouldn’t be as boring as this one was–but the […]

>RedSoxtober

>Barring funerals, pretty much the only time I hear from my now far-flung McNally relatives is when the Red Sox are doing well at whatever it is they do. Which, I guess, they’ve done. Honestly, I feel like I should trade houses with my California (or Delaware, Maryland . . .) cousins, because while I […]

>Adolescent upsets

>In addition to the satisfying spectacle of Maria Sharapova being picked off by a younger (and quieter!) player, I was also treated this past weekend to a superb exposition of teen angst, in the unlikely Broadway musical Spring Awakening. Based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 German play, the show and catchy tunes are pure YA: love, […]

>East Side, West Side,

>Brooklyn and Harlem, too. But I began my New York Time (an obscure but funny adult novel by Richard Peck, btw) with a view, from Elizabeth’s living room, of the East River and ended it in Viking publisher Regina Hayes’ office, which overlooks the Hudson. And had a grand time in between, too. The memorial […]

>This time, it was a friend.

>Editor Frances Foster called this morning to tell me that writer Janet McDonald died yesterday in Paris, her adopted home. I never met or even spoke with Janet, but my admiration for her books led to my interest in her writing something for the Horn Book, which led to one of the richest–and definitely the […]

>The Whole (New) World in Her Hand

>Yes, that’s trinitite, the mineral created in 1945 in Alamogordo, New Mexico, when scientists exploded the world’s first atomic bomb. A sample of it is here held in the hand of Ellen Klages, author of The Green Glass Sea, winner of the 2007 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. I met Ellen and her trinitite […]

>Still Baking

>I know I promised another post re chicklit earlier today, but my thoughts never got quite where I wanted them. I was pushing an enormous book-truck’s worth of the stuff back to the Guide after rejecting it for review in the Magazine and I found myself thinking, I bet old Michiko never has to do […]