Why is it always the redhead? —or— How to use stock photos sparingly

While perusing Cliques by Toney Allman, part of Lucent Books’ long-running Hot Topics series for middle-schoolers, I noticed this poor girl, presumably being teased about her hair. “Why is it always the redhead?” thought I. From Anne Shirley (and doesn’t it look like this little lady’s ready to break her slate over somebody’s head?), to […]

Making Over Uglies

Digging through a box of books the other day, I came across what I thought was a new Scott Westerfeld book. “Yay!” said my brain—until I realized the title read Uglies. “Wait, what?” I thought. “This isn’t Uglies!” The “trilogy plus one” is receiving a full redesign (in hardcover, no less) by publisher Simon Pulse, […]

Paper cuts, or why I’m swearing at Grace Lin

Grace Lin has some adorable Ling & Ting paper dolls up on her blog—the perfect activity to keep my daughters (ages 5 and 10) busy during these last few moments of school vacation week. Grace recommends using cardstock, which we lacked, so our dolls were a little flimsy. I can’t blame that on Grace, but […]

The outside of the box

A shipment of The Creative Company‘s review copies recently arrived—creatively packaged in a box emblazoned with text from their fiction and biography frontlist titles. Any guesses as to which seasonally appropriate novel this is? “As you go into the sitting-room in the Stahlbaums’ house, on your left-hand side you will see a tall glass cabinet […]

And you thought I was kidding about the Silly Bandz.

As promised, some book-related ephemera! The eponymous boxes. Behind them you can see (left to right) a Halloween card sent by Penguin (“Happy Halloween from Dick and Jane and Vampires“), a leaf art thank-you note from Lois Ehlert, a Bink and Gollie watch, and pink pouches of fairy dust. What you sadly can’t see, obscured […]