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The Case for Re-Illustration: William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow

I had just the loveliest dinner the other night with some high-falutin’ folks in the children’s literary biz.  Fine conversation and finer memories were tossed all about.  Yet I credit the devil on my right shoulder for suggesting to me the relative wisdom of my bringing up a long-standing belief that had been percolating in […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #64: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

#64 The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois (1947) 32 points A great adventure story, with a different kind of hero. Professor Sherman is a misanthrope (could he be one of the first anti-heroes?), and just wants to get away from it all (and I love him for it). Also unique in that the […]

Video Sunday: “It was just full of mouthwash”

The 90-Second Newbery submissions keep coming in!!  Remember, there’s still lots of time to have your talented kids/students/neighborhood gamins submit their own shortened versions of Newbery classics.  James Kennedy and I will be presenting them at New York Public Library in the fall, but we’d love more titles like today’s musical take on that William […]