>A book that begs for flashlight reading

>Serendipitous with my enjoyment of M. T. Anderson’s refereeing of Charles and Emma v. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, I had the best time last week reading the equally Darwinian-themed The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, published in 1912. Somehow I had always missed this novel (and its subsequent movie spinoffs), but my ten-year-old […]

Summer reading

Claire has a big list and it’s all about fun. Let’s hope not too much compulsory reading gets in its way.

>Is that a hobbit in my pocket?

>Mainly because I could, last night I downloaded the Lord of the Rings to my Baby-Touch-Me iPod. Fourteen bucks from Amazon’s Kindle store, not bad. I’m all for ebooks and read them a lot, but I wonder if the format will encourage the kind of devotion to a text that my friends and I had […]

>Giving Up

>I’m quite enjoying The Rights of the Reader, the new Candlewick edition of Daniel Pennac’s Comme un Roman, first published here as Better than Life, and I have been pondering Right No. 3, “The Right Not to Finish a Book.” Here as elsewhere, Pennac’s aphoristic style puts the ooh-la-la in Gallic shrug: So the book […]

>The true luxury of hindsight: schadenfreude

>I’ve gotten behind on my New Yorkers–I subscribe to the audio edition–and am just now getting through October’s issues, which were filled with news and commentary about the upcoming election. It is infinitely more fun to read about this way–leisure to gloat, of course, but also no nervous tension. I’m getting an idea of why […]

>There Is No Shame in Loving The DaVinci Code

>People magazine (November 3, 2008 issue) gives Sarah Palin three chances to enlarge on her claim to be a “voracious reader” and three times she escapes: People: What do you like to read? Palin: Autobiographies, historical pieces–really anything and everything. Besides the kids and sports, reading is my favorite thing to do. People: What are […]

>When Worlds Collide

>Our designer Lolly Robinson was spending a choir rehearsal break sitting in a Plymouth coffee shop and re-reading Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, only to emerge and see this: Lolly emailed me, “It made me wonder what other experiences like this people have had while still in the thrall of a children’s book.” It reminded me […]

>And listen to ME (and Martha and Kitty)

>. . . as we talk about some of our favorite new summer reads for kids. A list of the books we discuss on the podcast can be found here.

>In lieu of a gift

>I’m guessing they’re too busy to read this but maybe you’re not.

>New and new

>The new Notes from the Horn Book should be in your inbox. And Claire’s latest list–Summer Reading–is up on our site. I think I should confess that I am hooked on Beach Blondes, wherein Summer has three hot dudes vying for her attention and a possible fourth who may be her long lost big brother. […]