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Archives for July 2006

>Whither Jackie Paper?

>While showering this morning, I recollected for no good reason the fact that, as a child, I always thought that Little Jackie Paper died. And now I’m reading John Green’s marvelous An Abundance of Katherines, and am pleased to have found another child for whom fables were not all that: “if only he’d known that […]

>You want more? We got more.

>”Former Monkees’ drummer Micky Dolenz has penned an accessible but lackluster original myth about a primate that is mocked by the others because he walks on four legs while they walk on two.”

>Horn Book Guide Review ‘o the Day

>From a forthcoming review of A Promise Is a Promise, by Krister and Eve Tharlet: When Bruno, a blanket-toting marmot, awakens from hibernation, he befriends a dandelion. After days of playing together, the dandelion asks Bruno to blow on her, promising that “everything will be just fine.” I couldn’t make this stuff up if I […]

>Lucent Lolly

>Check out this gorgeous photograph HB designer Lolly Robinson took whilst on her tour of southern France last week: Unfortunately, I can’t share with you the chocolates and olives she brought into the office. Thanks, Lolly!

Beatrix and Bertha

Beatrix Potter’s resistance to critics and fans writing about her books is well documented. In 1939 Margaret Lane, who would later become Potter’s first biographer, received a classic brush-off: So I wrote to Beatrix Potter, as politely and respectfully as I knew how, telling her of my lifelong pleasure in her work, and my admiration, […]

>Who’s Missing?

>Watching Amelie Mauresmo beat that dirty, no-good, rotten, pig-stealing, uh, I mean, the plucky little Belgian Justine Henin yesterday at Wimbledon, I was pleased to see the French player’s vindication. Amelie, you might remember, won the Australian Open earlier this year over Henin only after Henin, losing soundly, pleaded illness and defaulted, thus leaving a […]

Beatrix and Bertha

Beatrix Potter’s resistance to critics and fans writing about her books is well documented. In 1939 Margaret Lane, who would later become Potter’s first biographer, received a classic brush-off: So I wrote to Beatrix Potter, as politely and respectfully as I knew how, telling her of my lifelong pleasure in her work, and my admiration, […]

>My Heart Leaps Up

>I had such a nice little moment on the subway this morning, seeing a boy, maybe fourteen or so, engrossed in a beaten-up hardcover library copy of The Hunt for Red October. While I always hope to like Tom Clancy more than I do, I envied that kid his big summer book. And I hope […]

>Shout Out

>to Horn Book audiobook reviewer Kristi Jemtegaard here. Beginning at ALA, I’ve been listening to New Orleans mystery The Axeman’s Jazz by Julie Smith. While Kristi could give you a far more evocative analysis of her delivery (“rendition,” the audiobook true believers call it), I can say that the book gets a great narration by […]