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Archives for March 2007

>Still Baking

>I know I promised another post re chicklit earlier today, but my thoughts never got quite where I wanted them. I was pushing an enormous book-truck’s worth of the stuff back to the Guide after rejecting it for review in the Magazine and I found myself thinking, I bet old Michiko never has to do […]

>Cheryl? It’s Not Just the Manuscripts.

>Levine/Scholastic editor Cheryl Klein has a funny post up of a picture-book manuscript she created as an intentionally bad example of a submission that had “no child appeal.” “Cheering up Cheryl,” a model of its kind, is a chicklit novel (more about them later today) in picture-book form, but it does everything a bad picture […]

>Well, you do know it’s going over the net.

>I like the commenter on Alison Morris’s new ShelfTalker blog at PW (welcome, Alison) who says that the cover for the new Harry Potter looks like our lad is serving a tennis ball. Maybe if I had read Harry while imagining he looked like Roger Federer I might have gotten further in the series than […]

>Maybe they do things differently down under

>A childlit reference today to a blog post last year on Michael Thorn’s Achockablog revealed a semi-juicy scandal heretofore unknown to me involving the excellent Australian writer Alyssa Brugman, who complained to her publisher that Thorn was selling an ARC of her book Being Bindy on eBay. The publisher, Faber, dutifully if thickheadedly wrote Thorn […]

>When the Isms Really Need to Sit Down and Talk

>The blog Prometheus 6 led me to this story in the LA Times about two teachers fired for supporting students who wanted to read from Marilyn Nelson’s A Wreath for Emmett Till at an assembly honoring Black History Month: Teachers and students said the administration suggested that the Till case — in which the teenager […]

>May/June ’07 Stars

>Here are the books receiving starred reviews in the May/June ’07 issue of the Horn Book Magazine: Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature (St. Martin’s) by Linda Lear The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County (Kroupa/Farrar) written by Janice N. Harrington, illustrated by Shelley Jackson Who’s Hiding? (Kane/Miller) written and illustrated by Satoru Onishi Pictures from […]

How Do I Come Home Again? — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

Once upon a time, I was a girl who wanted to write. I wanted to tell stories. I wanted to watch letters shape themselves into words on the page. I wanted to understand words and how and why they have impact. I wanted to communicate, to not be silent. I wanted, when I was older […]

Review of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; illus. by the author Intermediate    Scholastic     534 pp. 3/07     ISBN 978-0-439-81378-5     $22.99 Here’s a dilemma for the Newbery committee…and the Caldecott: what do you do with an illustrated novel in which neither text nor pictures can tell the story alone? Not to mention the drama to be […]

>Feeling Peckish?



>Then get on over here for information about Simmons College’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature’s 2007 Summer Institute, Food, Glorious Food, held July 26-29. I’ve participated in several of these events and they are always enlightening, spirited, and impeccably managed. PLUS: Susan Bloom, Professor Emerita of the Center and I believe still mistress […]