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Video Sunday

First up, I haven’t finished the book yet but I’m sure that the following television show, found via Galleycat, is an accurate representation of how the Harry Potter series ended. Note, if you will, the appearance of Ahmed Best (a.k.a. Jarjar Binks). Oh, how the mighty have… risen, actually. Not a bad gig. Now to […]

And How Was Last Night’s Festivities Then?

Infinitely bloggable.  So bloggable, in fact, that I’m going to wait to tell you about it on Monday because A) I am exhausted and I have to work today (wah!) and B) I can hit one of the highlights easily enough without giving too much away. Imagine this: It’s Soho and there is an enormous […]

Poetry Friday: The Collected Works of Susan Ramsey

I apologize for not posting one of these in a while.  With the switch to the new blog I’ve somehow managed to consistently forget when Friday is.  For the full Poetry Friday round-up, please consult Mentor Texts.  In any case, from the pen of Susan Ramsey comes the following… Emerson’s Eyes   [Emerson] now got […]

Harry Potter Party Reminder

Be to be with the remembering the following, sweet poppins.  That tonight is the worldwide (official) release of Harry Potter and that celebrating with the NYC kidlit crew is most with the advisable.  Full details for joining us for a Kidlit Drink Night / Adults Only Harry Potter Party may be found here. And a […]

Review of the Day: Mouse Guard – Fall 1152

Mouse Guard: Vol. 1 – Fall 1152 by David Petersen. ASP Comics. $24.95. The quest to locate child-friendly graphic novels is amusingly difficult. You wouldn’t think finding quality comics would be so hard. The public perception is that comics are just made for kids anyway, so shouldn’t this lead to an abundance of riches? Hardly. […]

Review of the Day: Strong Man

Strong Man by Meghan McCarthy. Knopf Books for Young Readers (a Random House imprint). $15.99. Though artist/illustrator Meghan McCarthy possesses many skills, there is one in particular that I feel eclipses the lot. My thinking is that anyone can write, anyone can draw, and anyone can put the two together. But when it comes to […]

In Brief

Today we go photo-tastic. First up, thanks to Leila I learned of the current contest up at Inside a Dog.  I’ve never posted on the whole LOLCat phenomenon before because… well… because I’m not cool enough to do so.  Anywho, the contest is to LOLCatify a YA cover, as done with John Marsden’s While I […]

Windy City Tips Hat to Oversized Apple

Kidlit bloggers live on the wild side.  Sometimes we have little to no regard for "the rules", man.  Yeah.  So if an article appears in The Chicago Tribune and it’s available online, should we link to it?  Even if it were about to disappear at any moment.  You bet your sweet bippy, baby! The article […]


My concern with the upcoming Dark is Rising adaptation may have begun when I first heard that the director of the film was the same fellow, a Mr. David L. Cunningham, who directed The Path to 9/11.  It’s all the more interesting then to read the recent Oz and Ends piece that argues that at […]

Could This Be My Favorite Online Quiz Result Ever?

You’re Catch-22! by Joseph Heller Incredibly witty and funny, you have a taste for irony in all that you see. It seems that life has put you in perpetually untenable situations, and your sense of humor is all that gets you through them. These experiences have also made you an ardent pacifist, though you present […]

Revenge of the Kicked Mushroom

I know a couple authors.  And when it comes to editorial suggestions regarding manuscript changes, no matter how necessary they may sometimes be, authors are not huge fans.  Some writers dislike these suggestions more than others.  Today’s example (who shall remain firmly anonymous) commented to me that getting editorial changes causes them to "disintegrate like […]

A Paltry Showing

*yawn* You always know when I’ve had a busy day.  Not much time left for reporting.  Only three little teensy tiny links for you today.  Place them on your tongue and let them dissolve there for maximum succulence. Step right up, step right up!  Test your skill with this most DEATH defying of tasks.  Tell […]

I’m In

Okay.  You convinced me.  I am officially coming to the 1st Kidlitosphere Conference in Chicago of this year.  It just sounds too neat to pass up.  And check out this amazing line-up of people who are definitely attending with me: Robin Brande (author of Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature) Barry Lyga (author of […]

Review of the Day: Atherton – The House of Power (Part One)

Atherton: The House of Power by Patrick Carman. Little Brown & Company. $16.99. Aw yeah.  Here it comes.  It’s the book that had the ad that breathed down my neck for more than a week.  The book that everyone and their mother swore they wouldn’t read because of said ad.  But y’know, I read the […]

Review of the Day: Atherton – The House of Power (Part Two)

(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE) Also, I love a book that takes place in the future that doesn’t happen a measly 10 or 15 years from now. There’s nothing that gets my goat more than the words 2015 and a view of Earth decayed and crumbling. This story takes place inn 2105. Thumbs up all around […]