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Archives for November 2007

Review of The Arrival

The Arrival by Shaun Tan; illus. by the author Middle School, High School     Levine/Scholastic     128 pp. 10/07      978-0-439-89529-3      $19.99 From a bleak, sunless city haunted by the threat of scaled and serpentine monsters, a man sets forth to seek a new life in a new land, leaving his wife and daughter behind. His steamship voyage […]

>What are the odds?

>The New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books have been announced; as commenter Ruth notes on a previous post, the gender score is eight to two. Elsewhere in the Times‘s special section on children’s books I review Jaclyn Moriarty’s The Spell Book of Listen Taylor (Levine/Scholastic). I note with only fortuitous smugness that the last […]

>Another Phone Call from the Past

>I realized a forty-year-old dream last night when we went to see a community theater production of Hair. The Rent of its day–although far more transgressive–Hair was the Big Thing for little show-tune freaks, given even more appeal by the fact that we had to listen to the record (which was all we knew of […]

>New Podcast: Grace and Alvina

>Our latest podcast is up. In anticipation of the Robert’s Snow: for Cancer’s Cure snowflake auction, Lolly talks with author-illustrator Grace Lin and her friend, co-blogger, and editor at Little Brown, Alvina Ling.

>Creative Writing Exercise

>Try and rewrite this story, forwarded to me by Kitty and Zoe, as an episode in a YA novel by: a) Jack Gantosb) Cecily von Ziegesarc)Chris Crutcherd) Paula Fox Compare and contrast. I thought of including Ron Koertge among the choices, but this scene already practically happens in his first novel Where the Kissing Never […]

>Phone Call to the Past

>Pursuant to my recent post about sequels, I see from A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy that not only are Ellen Emerson White’s old books about The President’s Daughter being republished, she’s rewriting them to bring them in line with the most recent book, Long May She Reign, which is set in the […]

>Vote for Claire!

>cuz she’s got a new booklist up about politics. And speaking of which, did anyone catch Al Gore on 30 Rock last night? He’s huge.

>Book TV

>I’ve never watched it. Is it really this bad?

>Reading by the numbers

>Monica Edinger has been hosting a lively discussion stemming from Jonathan Hunt’s Horn Book article, “Epic Fantasy Meets Sequel Prejudice.” Sequels sure do pose questions to reviewers: can you fairly evaluate volume one of something when volume two is meant to finish the job? What if you’ve skipped volume one, only to find that volume […]

>More Music

>Miss Pod is happy that Claire’s latest Monthly Special compiles books about music. And here’s an old favorite–one of the best evocations of music I’ve read is Bruce Brooks’ YA novel Midnight Hour Encores (Harper, 1986).