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Archives for June 2006

>"And then they were upon her."

>Yesterday’s ritual stoning has brought up a host of discussable topics–netiquette, ethical reviewing, awards, Edward Tulane, the relationship between an author and his or her book–but where to start? I do have to laugh when I think about the editorial I just turned in, in which I applaud the relative lack of rancor surrounding children’s […]

>Here they are,

>the winners of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards.

>Sunday Haiku

>Reported in the New York Times coverage of the French Open:Venus Williams advanced to the quarterfinals when she won the final four games to beat No. 7-seeded Patty Schnyder 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Seeded 11th, Williams is the last American in the women’s draw. “Lone flag waving gently in the wind,” Williams said. That’s gorgeous.

>WHY READING MATTERS

>Why? Because if I hadn’t read The DaVinci Code first, I never would have understood the movie, despite all its unintentionally hilarious expository dialogue. Poor Audrey Tatou–all she really gets to do is let out a quoi? every once in a while to let Tom Hanks explain to us all just what is going on. […]

>July/August stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the July-August issue of the Horn Book Magazine: Emily’s Balloon(Chronicle)written and illustrated by Komako Sakai Clay(Delacorte)by David Almond The Black Room:Book Two of the Dark Ground Trilogy(Dutton)by Gillian Cross Zelda and Ivy:The Runaways(Candlewick)written and illustrated by Laura McGee Kvasnosky White Time(Eos/HarperCollins)by Margo Lanagan The Poet Slave of […]

>Swag-gering

>Picking up on our theme of yesterday, the NYT today publishes an article about swag and the Tony Awards, yet another area in which children’s books lag behind the other arts. I did get a “Camp Green Lake” baseball hat when I was on the 1999 Newbery Committee, but it was after the fact and […]