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Archives for March 2009

>The Silence of the Bunnies

>Now this could haunt my dreams: We’ve been entrusted with the care of Ruby for a couple of weeks. She may look like a rabbit but behaves more like a Sphinx, her silent inscrutability causing me to project all manner of implacable menace into her unblinking gaze. Dogs and cats, you know where you are […]

>I’m over the Moon!

>Okay, not really, but I just finished talking with Buzz Aldrin, who really has been over–and on–the Moon. How cool is that? I was interviewing him for the upcoming issue of Notes from the Horn Book, wherein we feature his and Wendell Minor’s Look to the Stars. Everybody has something that will get them talking, […]

>Having It Both Ways

>The recent “Battle of the Books” match-up between Shadow Country and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks has caused some debate around the YA blogosphere; see Liz B.’s post and the comments there attached for some enlightening discussion. I won’t vote since I haven’t read Shadow Country but I like the way the debate bares […]

>Books under wraps

> Lolly took this neat picture of what our book collection looks like during remodeling. I can’t quite tell where in the alphabet this is.

The Adventures of Mommy Buzzkill

Here’s an interesting game: name one children’s adventure story — just one — in which the mother is present. A short list of things that wouldn’t make the cut includes The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Madeline, The Secret Garden, “Cinderella,” Eragon, the Bartimaeus trilogy, My Father’s Dragon, James and the […]

>March Notes

>The latest issue of Notes from the Horn Book should or could be in your inbox now. Bon appetit, he says, already deep into laying out the May Magazine, which features an essay about food (and a recipe) by Linda Sue Park along with madeleines from Arnolf Adoff, Jack Gantos, Lynne Rae Perkins and Peter […]

>Shoot me now.

>While I was running yesterday in the glorious weather (ha ha, I know) I came upon a woman walking her dog, a little cattle-dog mix-thing. Hyper but cute. The dog was desperate to come over to me and say hello, so I stopped and played with her for a minute. The woman started talking to […]

Go Outside!

I wish I could, but in the meantime here’s Claire’s latest booklist, The Great Outdoors. Look forward, too, to the next issue of Notes, in which I get the lowdown from Mo Willems about playing outside. We’re undergoing construction in the office starting Monday, and while the Magazine editorial space gets reconfigured, Claire and I […]

>Giving Up

>I’m quite enjoying The Rights of the Reader, the new Candlewick edition of Daniel Pennac’s Comme un Roman, first published here as Better than Life, and I have been pondering Right No. 3, “The Right Not to Finish a Book.” Here as elsewhere, Pennac’s aphoristic style puts the ooh-la-la in Gallic shrug: So the book […]

>Tweet this.

>I interview Neil Gaiman in the March SLJ.