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Archives for February 2011

HBGO à go-go

The Horn Book Guide online has just posted 349 new reviews of the great, good, and distinctly mediocre.

New Guide Online reviews

The Spring 2011 Horn Book Guide, covering books published from July to December 2010, will be out in April. Get a sneak peek over at our website, where we’ve added 349 reviews to the Guide Online.

Be my Valentine, Neil Gaiman.

Neil Gaiman, love of my literary life, has posted a free mp3 of his story “Harlequin Valentine” on his blog. You may want to listen before overindulging in Valentine’s chocolate, though, as the story brings new meaning to the phrase “eat your heart out.”

Puppy love

At this time of year, one can’t help but notice the heart-emblazoned kids’ books cramming the shelves in our local chain stores. Pawing through bags of candy hearts and other commercial love-related products, I decided to look at two board books pubbing just in time for Valentine’s Day. Dog food, frisbees, bubbles from a jar… […]

>The Boy in the Garden and Two Great Ladies

>I review Allen Say’s latest book in the Times today. I had been hoping that book, along with Anita Lobel’s Nini Lost and Found might figure in the ALA lists and awards but do they listen to me? In any case, we’ve made a beautiful cover from Nini‘s art for the forthcoming Horn Book Guide. […]

>You’re terrible, Muriel

>English writer Martin Amis, quoted in The Guardian: I say, ‘If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children’s book’, but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who you’re directing the story to is anathema to me, because, in my view, fiction is freedom and any restraints on that are […]

>I guess Dakota Fanning would be too obvious a choice

>for Alice, but Greenwillow reports news of casting choices for the movie version of The Last Apprentice, one of my favorite scary books.  Jeff Bridges as the Spook, huh. Saw him last night in True Grit, a movie that seemed to me compelling but not involving.

They don’t call ’em “graphic novels” for nothing.

Publisher BOOM! Studios usually sends review copies of their entire frontlist — kids’ and grown-ups’ comics alike — which means we get everything from Wall-E and Cars to Pale Horse and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Cindy snatched up The Muppet Show, a series she remembers fondly from childhood, but as a zombie fan […]

>When there’s not an app for that

>And speaking of science, check out this smart SLJ article by Douglas Rushkoff about the perils of raising consumers, rather than creators, of digital delivery systems. While it is true that I’ve never actually used the assembly language I learned in library school (twice, as I flunked it the first time), it was good to […]

>And no pink sneakers for you, young man

>Oprah’s pal Dr. Phil offers advice to a mother whose five-year-old son likes girls’ clothes and Barbies: “This is not a precursor to your son being gay,” explains Dr. Phil. He’ll know that in time, but this is not an indication of his sexual orientation. Dr. Phil tells Robby that she has a job to […]