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Review of the Day: I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President By Josh Lieb Razorbill (Penguin Young Readers Group) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-59514-240-5 Ages 11 and up On shelves now. There aren’t many books for middle schoolers out there that sport blurbs from folks like Jon Stewart and Judd Apatow. There is, […]

Video Sunday: I Want to Go to There

Not as big a selection today, kittens.  You will have to forgive me.  We begin, with pain.  To fully appreciate this you’ll first have to be aware of a YouTube video with some 32 million hits (I’m not exaggerating) called David After Dentist.  Okay.  So here we have Art Director Laurent Linn after a recent […]

Roller Derby Names: Give ’em Up

This is fun.  Recently I received the following email from former Greenwillow designer Victoria Jamieson: I have a problem that I thought you or the astute readers of your blog might be able to help me with. I recently joined a recreational roller derby league here in Portland, and I’m looking for a kickin’ children’s […]

Review of the Day: Adios, Oscar! by Peter Elwell

Adios, Oscar!: A Butterfly Fable By Peter Elwell Blue Sky Press (an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-07159-8 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Kids fill their brains with a lot of junk. A lot of that junk never ends up being useful. It just sits in brain and congeals there for years on end […]

Leave ’em in Stitches: Thoughts on the 2009 National Book Award nominees

Well the big news of yesterday (I’m usually 24-hours behind when it comes to this kind of thing) was the recently posted NBA nominees, particularly those in the youth portion. Take a gander: NBA Nominees, Young people’s division from Publishers Lunch: Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith (Henry Holt) Phillip Hoose, […]

Fusenews: Kerfuffle Bunny

Always interesting when The New York Times notices that something is doing well. Now they’ve decided to look Behind the Wimpy Kid Phenomenon. Author Tara Parker-Pope’s conclusion? ". . . some parents have been less enthusiastic." Coulda fooled me, but then a lot of the parents I deal with personally are like myself. They find […]

Librarian Preview: Simon & Schuster (Fall 2009)

Am I the only person who gets confused by the little walking guy logo Simon & Schuster sports? I look at it and I keep thinking it should be the logo of Walker Books or something. Ach weel. Such are the thoughts that run through a librarian’s head when she is preparing to report on […]

Review of the Day: If America Were a Village by David J. Smith

If America Were a Village: A Book About the People of the United States By David J. Smith Illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong Kids Can Press $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-55453-344-2 Ages 9 and up On shelves now. I have infinite respect for children’s books that attempt to clarify concepts that are difficult for the human brain to […]

Video Sunday: Men Making Silly Noises and Other Flights of Fancy

It is common knowledge that YA author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) is the greatest physical comedian/writer of his generation.  I’m sure that back in the day he’d have met stiff competition from young sprites like Robert Cormier, but these days even John Green can’t compete with Mr. Kennedy and his remarkable flailing limbs.  […]

Press Release Fun: INK Think Tank

About 40 people sent this on to me for my attention, so you KNOW it’s gotta be good. Teachers of the world, take note! 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times […]

2010 Newbery and Caldecott Predictions: The Third of Four

If you’re anything like me you’ve been reading the Mock Newbery blog Heavy Medal with bated breath.  Ever since bad boy Jonathan Hunt joined, the blog has been a riotous series of hard opinions.  From Jonathan’s critique of When You Reach Me to Nina’s return volley at A Season of Gifts back to Jonathan’s take […]

Press Release Fun: Penguin Storytime

FYI: This fall on PENGUIN STORYTIME with Liz Shanks, we’re proud to bring you: LIVE NOW! A read-aloud comparison of two versions of The Three Little Pigs:  the classic edition by James Marshall, followed by the fractured fairytale by Jon Scieszka. COMING OCTOBER 6: A read-aloud of beloved author and illustrator Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona: […]

Fusenews: Snip Snip

Okay. Right off the bat I’m starting with a Tea Cozy piece that should be required reading for some.  One of the joys of blogging is that you can provide reviews in a format that allows your average joe the chance to read an opinion without having to pay a cent.  And that’s nice and […]

Reporting: Eric Carle Honors 2009

Today, if I am not too much mistaken, Eric Carle will be stopping by my library to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This is happening in conjunction with the Jumpstart: Read for the Record campaign. We’ll be doing all sorts of things in my library today, though the one I’m the most excited about involved […]

Review of the Day: The Eyeball Collector by F.E. Higgins

The Eyeball Collector By F.E. Higgins Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $14.99 ISBN: 978-0312566814 Ages 10 and up. On shelves now Edward Gorey once said, "I suppose I know a few tots who would like my books." In his day the man perfected the art of the macabre, helping to raise whole generations […]