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Review of the Day: Someone Named Eva (Part Two)

(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE) Distinguishing between "nice" and "good" proves to be difficult for most adults I know. Imagine how much harder it would be for a child who misses her mother and has a loving enemy there to give her whatever she wants. If for no other reason, Wolf allows her book to explore […]

Video Sunday

I think I overstretched myself last week.  Not as much in the realm of video-laden fun came to my attention in the past 7 days.  Just one or two pleasing points.  So I’m sitting in the movie theater getting ready to see Once (so so so sososo good) and I see this trailer for a […]

Just One of Those Days

Variations on a Theme

Well, it’s Saturday and the temperature is 142 degrees.  Earlier this week we were wearing sweaters.  Now we’re sweltering before the weather gods.  What have we done to anger them so?  I will go burn an offering of highly combustible plastic to appease them so that they bring back the San Francisco-like conditions.  In the […]

Do You CB What I C?

As you may have heard, the CBC recently decided to move Children’s Book Week from November to May.  Some people are not happy about the change so here is what CBC Marketing Director Michelle Bayuk had to say of the matter: "Thank you for concern about the change in dates for Children’s Book Week. This […]

Poetry Friday – The Collected Works of Susan Ramsey

Lip Service I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues. Duke Ellington And oh, it does take energy and stubbornness, ‘cause if you laugh, you lose. My cousin warning “You don’t pull in that lip a little bird is gonna come along and do something on it.” The hero of […]

Post Stardust Haze

There was no new news yesterday. Not true, but easier than confessing that in the midst of our Summer Reading Party planning madness and a quickie viewing of Stardust last night (the thumbs have turned decidedly upward on that one) I’ve been lazyish.  Here are a couple trifles in the meantime. The Wizard of Oz […]

Review of the Day: A Crooked Kind of Perfect (Part One)

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban.  Harcourt, Inc. $16.00. On shelves September 1st. Humor is just so hard in children’s books. You either crash too hard on the adult side of the equation (see: The Manny Files) or you end up going too far the other direction and end up ridiculously scatological (see: […]

Review of the Day: A Crooked Kind of Perfect (Part Two)

(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE) If the book has a problem it probably concerns the lack of dramatic tension. For example, one day Wheeler’s mildly pissed about something and yet the next time Zoe sees him she says, "I thought you might not come back here ever." It’s a rather extreme sentence considering the two of […]

It’s a Cold Lonely Summer

Well, perhaps not lonely.  But cold?  You betcha.  It’s positively autumnal which, let’s be frank, is the best possible weather.  Unfortunately it’s also rainy in the Big Apple these days.  Spirits being slightly dampened, let us see what the daily round-up can provide. Someday I may move to L.A. (a very great possibility).  It’s just […]

More Schtoof

If I were smart I’d save these for a day when I’m busy.  But I can’t help it!  Look at even MORE cool stuff I found! This will perhaps be of the most interest to school librarians.  Know a teacher? Then check out the Chris Van Allsburg Writing Contest.  Any classes in grades 2-8 can […]

Review of the Day: Scribble (Part One)

Scribble by Deborah Freedman.  Knopf (a Random House imprint). $15.99. On shelves now. I like "Scribble". No, I don’t think you understand. I reeeeeeally like "Scribble". I like its art and its style and its "message" (or whatever the equivalent term might be) and pretty much everything about it. The only problem with "Scribble" is […]

Review of the Day: Scribble (Part Two)

(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE) I found myself thinking about a couple things from Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics when I read this book. McCloud states that people who read comics identify more readily with cartoonish characters than the ones who look more realistic. In this book, Lucie and her sister are relatively realistic with the princess […]

Your Tuesday Summary

Summer’s winding down.  The wild look in your parental patrons’ eyes as they search desperately for any copies you might have of The Pigman and Me (32 holds and rising) isn’t going to go away for at least another week.  My advice?  Speak softly to them.  Be kind.  Find the items that you DO have […]

And the Award For Best Flap Copy Goes To . . .

Several months ago The Longstockings played around with the idea of creating The Flappies; an award that would go to the best written flap copy on a book.  If they ever feel like doing so again, I’d like to nominate the flap for E. Lockhart’s upcoming novel The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.  I’m going […]