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Video Sunday – Zen Edition

Ah well.  You can’t win them all.  I didn’t have time to organize my videos before I went on vacation.  Tune in next week for Video Sunday – Overcompensation.

Waiting for Scary Bunnies

Some things are meant to be. In this topsy turvy world, it’s good to be able to count on a daily dose of pure, undiluted weirdness. To this end I present to you to the more than somewhat inspired Beckett for Babies. It makes the world feel good.  Thanks to Chicken Spaghetti for the link. […]

Hot Men of Children’s Literature, Part 43 in a Series

On a Saturday at that.  HA HA! Betcha you didn’t see THAT one coming, did you? Well, I’m on vacation and we haven’t had one of these in a while.  Why not roll one out then?  Now if you take a good long look at past HMOCLs (visible here but you have to scroll down […]

Review of the Day: Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm


Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf By Jennifer L. Holm Illustrated by Elicia Castaldi Comics by Matthew Holm Ginee Seo Books, (Simon & Schuster) $12.99 Ages 9 and up On shelves now I remember being 13 or so and talking with a much older cousin of mine. When he asked me what grade I was […]

Picture This, A Day In December / Picture This, Freezing Cold Weather

Pictures are difficult to blog on this SLJ site. They convince the format that I’m using more characters than I am. So I’m just going to do an all-picture, all the time posting. Ooo, lookie!. Paper dodo. Ooo. Ooo, I love you Paper dodo. I love you, I do. Thank you bookshelves of doom (who […]

It Only Comes But Once a Year

Avast, me maties! Lest ye forget, today be talk like a gentleman o’ fortune tide (a.k.a. Talk Like a Pirate Day). You will o’ course want t’ check ou’ th’ Official Talk Like a Pirate website. If ye`re a lazy swabbie ye can jus’ be havin’ all yer language changed by th’ talk like a […]

German Mice, Illicit Googly Eyes, and the Cult of Celebrity

A wedding I’m attending this week-end on the Cape (enter "ooos" and "la las" here) causes me to want to dole out news and reviews in such a manner that I’ll have plenty of delicious delightfulnesses left in my absence. Here’s what I’ve managed to parcel out for you today. Remember to take small bites […]

Arrr. Today Be Talk Like a Pirate Day 

Review of the Day: Mini Mia and Her Darling Uncle by Pija Lindenbaum


Mini Mia and Her Darling Uncle By Pija Lindenbaum Translated by Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard R & S Books (distributed by Farrar, Straus and Giroux) $16.00 Ages 4 and up On shelves today There are so few good quality picture books with gay characters in them that, quite frankly, it’s a bit shocking.  When people come […]

Two Posts of Note

Heads up, chickens! Okay okay okay okay okay. Okay. So apparently Jules and Eisha over at 7-Imp do not sleep.  I have done some meticulous research and decided this is the case because just LOOK at the breaking news they done hath broke over at their site today.  They’ve an "in" when it comes to […]

Dinah Blow Your Horn

I’m happy to announce that my second podcast episode Medieval and Contemporary Voices is up and running.  I actually listened to it from end to end this time, so the music shouldn’t drown me out ala the Oscar awards this time.  Still, let me know if there are any glitches I missed.  You can find […]

Video Sunday – An Abundance of Goodies

Obviously the parable of the ant and the grasshopper didn’t make a dent in me. Instead of carefully saving up the videos I found this week like a good worker ant I am, instead, just gonna blow ’em all right here without so much as a by-your-leave grasshopper style. Ha! Come next week expect me […]

An Undead Bird and a Form of Ice Cream Therapy

Good stuff today.  Blogging is like fishing.  You never know what lurks in the deep.  Here’s what bit. From Cynopsis Kids: "Fox 2000 has inked a deal with director Elizabeth Allen to helm the movie adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s classic kid’s books series Ramona, about Ramona Quimby and her family, per Variety. Laurie Craig I […]

Review of the Day: Black and White Airmen (Part One)

Black and White Airmen: Their True History by John Fleischman Houghton Mifflin $20.00 Ages 12 and up Fun Fact: If you want to get the attention of a class of sixth graders, tell `em about a book where a guy blew a metal rod through the top of his skull and lived. That’ll wake the […]

Review of the Day: Black and White Airmen (Part Two)

(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE) A co-worker of mine pointed out that for some kids, certain sections are going to grab their attention more than others. There are definitely child readers out there for whom air battles and combat via planes is going to be the primary focus of their interest with this book. Other kids […]