Jen Robinson pointed me to a smart piece by The Happy Nappy Bookseller discussing race as it pertains to the one and only black character in the Percy Jackson series. Jen also linked to Biblio File’s point about Asian American characters as they are presented on the audiobook. Says she, "There is no reason that Mrs. Chase should have a really, really thick generically-East Asian accent. NONE." Okay. So that’s a point against Listening Library who should have caught this early on. Seriously, guys. This is fairly basic stuff. Many many thanks to Jen Robinson’s Book Page for finding these two pieces.
My sense of humor was pleased indeed when I found out that the blog Crooked House got 10,000 hits the other day when that Jon and Kate show featured the custom playhouse company Crooked Houses. Now all I need to do is have Jon and Kate get interested in the Fuse8 web design firm of London and my fortune will be made. Or better yet, I’ll pose in a picture with Jon Scieszka and Kate DiCamillo and the caption can read, "Jon and Kate plus Fuse 8". Oh, it could happen.
Booking Through Thursday asked what the most "Summery" book you can name is. And though I don’t usually go in for these kinds of questions, it got me to thinking. I suppose I’d have to say Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. That book is distilled summer in a glass for me. Nothing evokes it better.
Author Julie Ann Peters (otherwise known in-house as my boss’s sister) has been hit upside the head with the Brand New Jacket Stick. Revenge of the Snob Squad and friends have finally lost those outdated 90s covers once and for all. Boy, wouldn’t it be great if there was a blog out there dedicated to new covers of children’s books? When I figure out how to split my personality into multiple parts, I’ll assign Bird #3 that job. Many thanks to Finding Wonderland for the news.
As the walls of society start to crumble, the library fines start getting enforced. Seattle is just the first in a long line to go. Seattlepi.com says that, "The Seattle Public Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to impose overdue fines on previously exempt children’s books and English-as-a-second-language materials, charge a $5 fee for interlibrary loans and limit the number of materials a user can check out and place holds on." $5 interlibrary loans? Ouch!! Thanks to LISNews for the link.
Speaking of covers, how is it that in America the book Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur consists of gorgeous lush colors against a backdrop so natural you can almost smell the wet wood, while the Brit cover . . . well compare and contrast for yourself:
The by-line isn’t doing them any favors either. It really is a compelling read, but you wouldn’t know it from that Lifetime Movie Channel-esque blurb.