>Blogs and buzz

>Here and elsewhere, there have been some valuable discussions about children’s book reviewing on blogs and an email I just got has me wondering about the distinction between book reviewing and book buzz. The email, of the multiple-recipients variety, was from Penguin: “Have you read FIRE yet? We want to know what you think! Please […]

>"The fanboys can be merciless."

>This Times article about the gypsies invading the castle of professional film criticism has a lot of import to the kidlitosphere as well, as amateur (I use the word in a strict sense) and independent critics join the established professional players in reviewing new books for children. I like what A. O. Scott has to […]

>Think of the grownups.

>A discussion on child_lit about book reviews that give away a book’s plot twist or ending led NYPLer John Peters to post a link to Library Journal‘s announcement that it had begun editing its reviews with the reader–rather than the librarian selecting for that reader–in mind, as well as making them more Twitterific. Meaning: because […]

>How Others See Us

>The New York Times obituary for Eden is a gracious tribute but does that thing I hate: “Eden Ross Lipson . . . was a force in bringing the enchanting but often overlooked world of children’s literature to wide public awareness.” The REASON children’s literature is overlooked is because we persist in regarding it as […]

>R.I.P. Eden

>Former New York Times children’s book editor Eden Ross Lipson died this morning. She was the editor who first hired me to write for the Times, and she taught me a lot in regard to how to write for a general audience about children’s books. We became pals over the years and I’ll miss her. […]

>X hits the spot

>Reviewer X has a good discussion going on blog reviewing. I confess I’m dying to try Twitter if only to see just WHO is: comparing their “hit lists” for authors they plan to ask for ARCs, trading e-mail addresses and results, complaining about whether they’re getting an ARC, and actually encouraging each other to send […]

>A conspiracy theory of reviewing

>Editorial Anonymous has, for writers, some good news and some good news about children’s books reviews. The good news, she (?) says, is that good reviews can help sell books. And the other good news is that bad reviews won’t hurt selling books. I have a more nuanced opinion. More and more children’s books are […]

>Shoot me now.

>While I was running yesterday in the glorious weather (ha ha, I know) I came upon a woman walking her dog, a little cattle-dog mix-thing. Hyper but cute. The dog was desperate to come over to me and say hello, so I stopped and played with her for a minute. The woman started talking to […]

>Still, it’s not like a book can give you polio.

>From the would-be author who insists to his would-be editor that “my grandkids love this story” to the award committee member who says “my ten-year-old thought this book was boooorrrring,” the children’s book world is replete with those who use their own children as test subjects. Expanding the notion of “my kids” to those children […]

>Amazoning Out

>JasonB’s post at Galleycat about Thomas Nelson’s new program of supplying free books to bloggers on the condition that they review the book and copy said review to an online vendor such as Amazon.com brings up lots of questions, and don’t miss the link to the Guardian’s essay on the subject, which includes an entertaining, […]