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Happy new year, and welcome to a perfect new-year baby

Here we are in Provincetown with friend Pam (other friend Lori was taking the picture), replete from days of Chex Mix and chocolate and Yahtzee, a game I thought I had mastered after years of battling AI opponents only to lose every time in this my first experience with the non-virtual dice variety. Also did some running and dipped into lots of books while only managing to complete one, A Taste of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell, overstuffed and a bit lurid, just right for vacation reading. My holiday movie-going was more systematic, and I finally got to see Hugo. (Eh, the book was better, the score was annoying, and I hate wearing those stupid glasses.)

And while my pal Elizabeth can never say anything less than rapturous about the literary, televised and film editions of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, I would have walked out of that one had I remembered to bring a book. Never have a seen a movie more tailored to people who were seeing it for the second time. I’ll stick with MI-5, which, in the episode we watched last night, got rid of two members of the team at one go. That’s how I like my TV: ruthless.

And congratulations to Walter Dean Myers, succeeding Katherine Paterson as our Children’s Book Ambassador. SLJ has a good interview with him; I had to roll my eyes when the NYT said “the choice of Mr. Myers represents a departure from his predecessors.” Considering that Myers is only the third person to hold the position, who wouldn‘t seem like a departure, particular since the first two (Scieszka and Paterson) are not exactly peas in a pod? But I think Walter is the perfect choice: friendly, personable, and omnivorously curious about the world and other people. He’ll be swell; he’ll be great.


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. What the hell is that behind you? It looks like a stack of battery cages for Christmas trees.

  2. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    Lobstah traps, you rube.

  3. With little Christmas trees trapped inside? That’s sick!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why isn’t Lee Bennett Hopkins our new National Ambassador? Was he even considered?

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