This is apt. So I’m currently reading Melissa Anelli’s Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon (due out in November, I believe). Anelli is perhaps best known for her HP fansite The Leaky Cauldron and let me tell you, there is no odder feeling in the world than picking up a book only to realize you know some of the characters inside. Anywho, my perusal of this tome is apt considering this little news item plucked from the headlines. I never quite know what news to announce in conjunction with my children’s room, but since the story Scholastic Announces "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" Launch Plans for December 4, 2008 was followed up with the tagline "Essay Contest With Magical Grand Prize Trip to Edinburgh and Tickets to Children’s Tea Party With J.K. Rowling; One of Only Seven Original Copies of ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ to Be Displayed at The New York Public Library", I guess I can confess. We’re getting one of the seven original copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard in my children’s room not long after we open to the public. What’s that? When do we open? To quote Joey Pigza, can I get back to you on that? Ms. Anelli: I expect to see you there. Thanks to John for the link.
It would take great tides and turns to make me get back to zapping random men with the title of Hot Men of Children’s Literature once more. That said, if I ever do revive the franchise (can a series be a franchise if it doesn’t make any money?) then the first fella on the list will be none other than Sergio Ruzzier. And while I assume that you all read Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast with your daily breakfast, there is a slight chance that you have missed their interview with this most charming of artists. Complete honesty up front: I was the one who suggested to them that Mr. Ruzzier would make for an excellent interview, but they had already been considering him prior to my hints. Here is one of the images from the talk. I was also pleased to hear that like Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) Mr. Ruzzier shares a fine appreciation for Dino Buzzati’s The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily. Connections, connections.
From Cynopsis Kids:
Cartoon Network teams with Worldwide Biggies Inc. to develop author Barry Yourgaru’s non-fiction kid’s horror book series NASTYbook as a mixed live-action/CGI TV movie for Cartoon Network. The deal also includes a range of web content that based on the horror stories. Other TV movies currently on Cartoon Network’s development slate includes Tiger’s Apprentice, comic book titles Firebreather (animated), The Vanishers (live-action), Mice Templar (Animated) and the sequel to the live-action Ben 10 movie.
Sometimes when my book karma is good, Candlewick Press will send me a delicious box of priceless literary goodies. Almost everything they create is half a sneeze away from godliness (*cough* Newbery winners *cough*) but recently I got a little book that has been garnering a funny amount of buzz. It doesn’t sound like much right off the bat; Swords: An Artist’s Devotion. You would think it would be a one trick pony for the sword-loving set, would you not? Yet more and more I’ve heard people just cooing and gooing over this book. Now I am pleased to see that its author (and "former video-game artist"?) Ben Boos was interviewed recently over at the Omnivoracious blog. I’m quite fond of the Omnivoracious blog, having met its creators not too long ago. They’re always full of great links (like the fact that Puffin in the U.K. will be publishing new Moomin books soon). In any case, this is definitely a book worth watching. Perhaps it is even Sibert worthy . . .?
We’ll never run out of topics as long as we keep talking about ourselves. From The Atlantic‘s piece Why I Blog:
No columnist or reporter or novelist will have his minute shifts or constant small contradictions exposed as mercilessly as a blogger’s are. A columnist can ignore or duck a subject less noticeably than a blogger committing thoughts to pixels several times a day. A reporter can wait—must wait—until every source has confirmed. A novelist can spend months or years before committing words to the world. For bloggers, the deadline is always now. Blogging is therefore to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.
Anyone that can equate what I do with extreme sports clearly hasn’t seen me attempt to run. I look like a flounder in gym shorts. Thanks to Monica for the link.
My daily email reading and replying is an odd bag. Aside from fielding requests to review books on Amazon (roughly 95% of my in-box) I’ll sometimes meet folks from approximate, if not distant, walks of life. In point of fact a cartoonist is not too dissimilar from a children’s illustrator. There is crossover there, not to mention the fact that much of the literature I myself read as a child consisted of Garfield, For Better or Worse, Bloom County, Calvin & Hobbes, and Doonesbury comic collections. So when cartoonist Mark Heath let me know about his "cartoon engine" I was curious. Turns out, the man has created a website not too different (if less complex) than J.K. Rowling’s messy desk site. In the upper right hand corner is a little engine, a testament to the man’s steampunk leanings. Said he, "My fanciful idea is that teachers with computers could have their kids play around with the machine, generating random keyword matches, then writing poems, stories, even cartoons around them (though I’d discourage the later, since I have enough competition.) My wife was a teacher, and it occurred to me that using the machine as an idea generator might inspire a few kids." Could well be. And a fun and creative idea for any illustrator looking to make their site more child-friendly, certainly.
Leila Roy at bookshelves of doom is attempting yet again to rid you of your hard earned cash. This time, I think she’s found a sure-fire winner.
T’ain’t mean if it’s true. I dare you to wear this to a Twilight conference. I double dog dare ya.