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Archives for March 2006

>May/June Stars

>Listed below are the starred (starring?) books in the forthcoming May/June issue: The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon(Knopf)written and illustrated by Mini Grey What Do Wheels Do All Day?(Houghton)written by April Jones Prince, illustrated by Giles Laroche Hardworking Puppies(Harcourt)written and illustrated by Lynn Reiser Max’s ABC(Viking)written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells Day of […]

>Singing Our Song

>On our way to work today, Miss Pod randomly chirped up with Carole King’s “The Snow Queen.” It’s a pretty intriguing song, moving from Andersen’s heartless, scornful Queen; to the girl in school who won’t let any of the boys near her; and ending up somewhere in “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” territory, all set […]

>Keeping the unicorns at bay

>Last week on childlit, Monica Edinger mentioned Hope Mirrlees’s Lud-in-the-Mist, an English fantasy novel for adults first published in the 1920s. I remember this book from my teens in the mid-seventies, a time when lots of long-forgotten “adult fantasy” was being republished in the wake of Tolkien’s resurgence. My friends and I read tons of […]

>Watch the, uh, hands; they tell the story

>ALA’s Public Library Association is convening this week in Boston, and last night I had the pleasure of attending a dinner for Jarrett Krosoczka and Jon Scieszka (where were the pierogies?). A good time was had by all as we enjoyed each other’s company and Jon’s stories–particularly hilarious was an anecdote he shared from an […]

>Free speech v. speech that mints money

>While the New York Times seems to be pitting artistic expression against the FCC (with the WB network in the middle) let’s just hazard a guess as to why the now-excised scenes “that depicted two girls in a bar kissing on a dare and another of a girl unbuttoning her jeans” were to be found […]

>Do My Work for Me?

>Sorry to have been neglecting you all; I’ve been trying to wrap my mind and keyboard around my editorial for the May issue (which is looking just fine without me, but nevertheless). Lillian Gerhardt, former ed-in-chief of School Library Journal, once advised me to always keep one speech and one editorial in reserve for those […]

>The Quicker Picker-Upper

>I just finished listening to Lisa Scottoline’s new mystery, Dirty Blonde, and am confounded by one of the plot points. (Spoiler.) Cate Fante, a newbie Philadelphia judge, has a little problem with stress, and has been relieving it once a month or so by picking up rough trade at seedy bars and bedding them in […]

>Update: Naomi Wolf

>Naomi Wolf answers questions about her Gossip Girls essay here. She should have quit while she was ahead.

>Gossip in the Stacks

>Neatly tying the last two blog entries together, I see there has been some discussion, prompted by Naomi Wolf’s Times article, on the PUBYAC listserv about the inclusion of the Gossip Girls books in public library YA collections. (PUBYAC is “an Internet discussion list concerned with the practical aspects of Children and Young Adult Services […]

>One makes sense, the other doesn’t.

>Children’s book people tend to get awfully prickly when non-specialists venture opinions on our field, whether it’s Madonna thinking she’s a writer, or Harold Bloom taking down Harry Potter. So my quills quivered when I saw that Naomi Wolf was writing about YA fiction in the Times Book Review, but, I have to say, the […]