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>For the Alias fan in mourning:

>Check out Inanimate Alice. It’s a spooky ongoing digital story conceived and published for the web, and it will suck you right into its tale about a girl whose father’s shadowy work takes the family around the globe. There’s an interview with the author in The Guardian. I was reminded of William Gibson’s great Pattern Recognition, in which the heroine spends her spare time (and increasingly becomes consumed with) questing for “the footage,” mysterious segments of film that show up in odd places and at odd moments on the internet.

For some smart thinking about how digital picture books might work read Jean Gralley’s “Books Unbound.”

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. rindawriter says:

    >I wonder why people are so suspicous, afraid, nervous around the word DIGITAL! So the world has gained new sorts of clever art techniques! Rejoice, say I, yea, again rejoice…and among those rejoicing, I am sure, are a lot of artists who no longer have to do four-color separation by hand, trace and retrace drawings by hand meticulously to get a drawing just right on smudgy tracing paper, and design, painstakingly, several prototype paintings with different combinations by hand, just to get the colors right,etc., etc. Just as long as artists continue to illustrate lovely, lovely, wonderful BOOKS..THAT’S all I care about…a good artist is a good artist is a good artist no matter the techniques used. Okay, now, having said all that, here am I, Adobe dum-dum retreating back to my trusty tracing paper….sigh…SOMEDAY, Adobe, I shall conqueor, someday..

  2. Khylan Seriphyn says:

    >Sorry, but doesn’t do much for me. Plus, I don’t have the internet speed to match. And anyway, there is already flash movies and stories out there that is very similar. You know the youtube thing and all. But, it is interesting I guess. Would be better if they can keep the bandwith under 56k (without sacrificing quality). That’ll be a challenge for them.

    Honestly, nothing rivals a hardcopy book and good ole fashion film. Yes, yes, I’m a traditionalist.

  3. It is so sad, I may actually cry when he dies. He is just the most aazming man for his books, his imagination, his oddness and his courage in allowing the BBC to film a documentary of his illness. I love that as soon as he found out he sank such a huge chunk of money into Alzheimer’s research purely because he can and how much use will the money be to him later (except of course he’ll have the best healthcare money can buy at the end). It’s the kind of thing all of us wish we could do when we end up in medical trouble.

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