>With the movie starring the next Shia LaBeouf?

>This whole iPhone leak story sounds like a YA novel. The boy (probably pudgy) lives with his mysteriously unreachable single dad, who runs a bar (this will allow for lots of wisdom from the grizzled regulars). Our computer nerd antihero is completely uncool–until the day he finds a too-cool-to-be-true device made by the most powerful […]

>"Now we had both done what we both swore we’d never do."

>Simon & Schuster has reissued V. C. Andrews’ notorious Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind in an omnibus edition that screams “if you liked Twilight . . .” But oh how it brings me back. I began my career as a library journalist with Flowers in the Attic. SLJ editor Lillian Gerhardt […]

>When I was a lad,

>Boston Latin was where the smart kids went. No more. [Update] The Boston.com story has been updated and now makes a lot more sense.

>Quack!

>Here’s the duckling story.

>Nudge nudge wink wink

>Equally inspired and deflated by the imminent release of the third Shrek movie, Time‘s James Poniewozik has an article this week about the fracturing of fairy tales in both movies and books. He’s right about how such twisted retellings can appeal to both children and their accompanying adults (“the Shrek movies have a nigh-scientific formula […]

>Neighborhood watch

>This appeared on my street the other night. What’s next, flying monkeys? Update P.S. Go here to see any illusions you had about whimsical public art destroyed.

>"Little did he know"

>That line is the tipoff, in Stranger than Fiction, to English professor Dustin Hoffman that Will Ferrell might be telling the truth when he says that he can hear someone (Emma Thompson, we know) narrating his life. Hoffman says that he teaches a whole seminar on “little did he know,” and while this seems meant […]

>Children’s literature’s defining phrase,

>I’ve decided, is “disguised as a boy.” This phrase is necessarily used twice in our May book review section (and don’t worry, Mitali, yes, one is yours and, yes, we like it) but the fact that it’s such an established trope (a word I never speak aloud because I can never remember how many syllables […]