Wake me up when it’s all over


I confess to feeling nonplussed when the publicist wrote to see if “Horn [ed note: AARGH] will review The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Sleep,” the self-published bestseller that Random House picked up for a rumored seven-figure advance. I mean, yes, the Horn BOOK will review it in the Spring 2016 Horn Book Guide […]

So much for your Newbery Medal, etc.


from Publishers Weekly: “Susan Cooper returns with Ghost Hawk in August; ‘it’s the best thing she’s written since The Dark Is Rising,’ said S&S BFYR publisher Justin Chanda.”

Also Sprach Zarathustra, Angrily


When I first started reading on my Kindle with some regularity, I would assiduously report typos and formatting issues via the “report content error” option you can get via highlighting a word (other options include looking up the word in a dictionary, which is handy indeed). When you tattletale on a misspelled word, you get […]

Maybe Dumbledore really WAS gay


SLJ’s Battle of the Books has begun, with Kenneth Oppel judging Wonder v. Bomb. After Margarita Engle finishes with Code Name Verity v. Titanic tomorrow, I’ll weigh in on who was the better judge. Preliminary cavil: I’m a little bothered by Oppel’s ambiguous use of the word “faultlessly.” I spent most of yesterday at home, […]

>You’re terrible, Muriel

>English writer Martin Amis, quoted in The Guardian: I say, ‘If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children’s book’, but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who you’re directing the story to is anathema to me, because, in my view, fiction is freedom and any restraints on that are […]

>Flowers in Het Achterhuis?

>Jezebel is self-righteously fuming about an allegedly sexy new book about Anne Frank, Sharon Dogar’s Annexed, being published in this country in October by Houghton. Sadie, the Jezebel columnist, does not seem to remember Anne’s diary very well (“If you’ve read the original diaries, you’ll recall that Anne and Peter’s relationship consists of a lot […]

>Euwwww, used e-books

>Amazon’s practice of keeping track of what you underline is not only creepy, it’s disgusting. There I was, happily beginning Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War on my iPod Touch’s Kindle reader (all in all a nifty piece of software) when I came upon this: To hear Rhoda Henry’s daily chatter, her life passed in […]

>April 1 Festivities

>This is certainly the most UnGreenwillowy thing Greenwillow has ever done.

>Not quite the Myracle it seems

>While Scholastic has gotten a lot of press these last couple of weeks about censoring its book club selections, this is not new; the company has been cleaning up its club editions ever since dirty words started appearing in children’s books. Six Boxes of Books has the best analysis of the controversy I’ve seen yet. […]

>Bring Pack Back!

>Another duckling disappears.