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Archives for March 2012

Hunger Games lite

We’ve heard from a few people looking for books for younger readers who are interested in, but not quite ready for, The Hunger Games trilogy. Here are some sci-fi and dystopian fiction suggestions for the pre-teen set (ages 9–11), all recommended by the Magazine. In Jeanne DuPrau’s The City of Ember, the titular metropolis has […]

Get your mind out of the gutter

While working on my interview with Molly Leach about her jacket and interior design for the 50th anniversary edition of A Wrinkle in Time, I was reminded of all the terms that have alternate meanings outside the world of print design and production. Here’s a vocabulary quiz, but see how many you can answer without […]

And this is funny

I was reading in the PRINT edition of American Libraries about how all the cool kids can’t wait to use QR codes to access library programming via their smartphones. First: oh, sure. Second, who ever uses those things (or as Brian Kenney said on Facebook, “I think we should just donate a few examples to […]

Well, this is refreshing

A non-hysterical newspaper article in the Boston Globe about whether parents should let their pre-teens see The Hunger Games or not. Katie is going to be reviewing the movie for us so look out for that. She’s already posted some read-alikes. Has anyone seen Tomorrow, When the War Began? I don’t know if it got […]

Goo-goo gaga for graphic design

All the artsiest toddlers (and their parents) will be clamoring for these “coffee table board books” published by Appleseed, a new Abrams imprint catering to aesthetics-minded birth-to-five-year-olds. French import Hippopposites (May) by Janik Coat brings the hip to opposites books. In every spread, a pair of hippos demonstrates the featured concept. The old standbys are […]

A great coverup

Lolly has a terrific interview with Molly Leach about her book design for the new anniversary edition of A Wrinkle in Time. Come the day when all the books are on our devices and everything rendered in the same five fonts you can look back on this article and mourn a la recherche du temps […]

Interview with Molly Leach

About a month ago I began an email conversation with Molly Leach about her new cover and interior book design for Macmillan’s 50th anniversary edition of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. Have you seen it? The dust jacket is an updated homage to Ellen Raskin’s original, redrawing the circles and the small silhouettes of […]

Here’s lookin’ at you

Intern Ariel gave Juliet Marillier’s forthcoming Shadowfell (Knopf, September) and A. C. Gaughen’s just-published Scarlet (Walker, February) a makeover. Now they’re fashion-forward for summer 2012.

What about BoB?

I missed the fact that SLJ’s annual Battle of the Kids’ Books is underway but it’s only gone three brackets so go catch up. Sy Montgomery just totally wimped out with a coin toss.

Mash-up, indeed.

In a sort of coloring book meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Choose Your Own Adventure, Nosy Crow’s new Mega Mash-Up series by Nikalas Catlaw and Tim Wesson (December) combines marginally true information about, say, Roman gladiators, with dinosaurs (or, in another volume, aliens vs. mad scientists and—well, you get the idea) into an […]