These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will add it in here. Battle Commander Monica pitched the BoB over at the Nerdy Book Club. [...]
…check out this BoB trailer. Created a couple of years ago by the awesome Everdeen Sisters*, it is such an entertaining and informative overview of the Battle that we thought we’d repost it (especially given the now-ubiquitous nature of the opening theme). And if anyone wants to do one featuring this year’s Battle, please do [...]
Sparky! By Jenny Offill Illustrated by Chris Appelhans Schwartz & Wade (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-87023-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves March 11th The sloth is not a noble animal. Few people spend time contemplating their heroic qualities and distinguished countenances. Had I an Oxford English Dictionary on hand I’d be mighty interested [...]
Reviewed in 1995, The Very Lonely Firefly is still blinking after all these years.
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Last week, I attended Laura Fleming’s session on Storytelling in the Digital Age at the West Essex WeTech Conference. Laura’s talk updated her 2010 Edutopia post, A Primer on Interactive Books. For Laura, it is all about the story and how we experience it. She contends: Many children expect a different reading experience now. And [...]
Prepare for the extra hour of daylight in the evening with some new books from this week’s list. Dark Horse Comics has a new volume in the Avatar the Last Airbender series with part 1 of The Rift. IDW Publishing releases a new picture book of the Michael Recycle series as the title character takes [...]
Neither of the books reviewed below looks much like a traditional short story collection. Eileen Gunn’s Questionable Practices includes stories as short as one page long, a poem, and a “steam-punk quartet” of stories. Novak’s collection, meanwhile, mocks the whole concept of a “short story collection”, calling itself, in the subtitle, “Stories and Other Stories”. [...]
Well, well, well, ELEANOR & PARK wins the mock BOB, and I don’t think anyone is surprised. It’s already snagged the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and a Printz Honor–and it happens to be the most popular YA book of the year if you check out the bestseller lists and social media reviews. Is it a [...]
All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2013. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Two girls, best friends since they were born. Sharing so much: heartaches, family, music. They are not identical, no, but rather they complement each other. “Aurora breaks hearts, and I paint pictures.” Aurora drinks her nights away, knowing [...]
Amateur (and professional) poets of the world, lend me your ears! April is National Poetry Month. And around this neck of the woods the poetry form of choice is the book spine cento. What’s a cento? Check out the 2013 Book Spine Poem Gallery to find out. Or take a look at the work of [...]
Getty Images’ new embed tool is huge news for those of us who look for great images to use in teaching, digital storytelling and presentation. Why huge? We’re talking 35 million photographs. Up until right now, over the course of years, some folks paid serious money for the use of this art. Other folks have [...]
Out of the sixteen contenders, Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park and Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under Fire emerged to be the final leaders of the pack. The final 2014 Mock BoB winner is: Eleanor & Park Thanks to all who participated in this Sideline Activity. We will contact a few lucky winners via email soon. Stay tuned.
When Janna Morishima, formerly of Graphix and Papercutz comics, introduced me to Hamster S.A.M., she described it as a “outrageously silly, slapstick humor” that any emerging reader will enjoy. And her take on the comic is very accurate. Hamster S.A.M. is a delightful read. To hear more about this self-published comic, which you may have [...]
ARE THE HUNGRIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!!!! Sorry. But if it’s going to be caught in my head all day then I may as well share the love. What has inspired today’s bout of cannibalism? A conversation at work, as it happens. Is it just me, or is there a whole lot more people eating [...]
A flashback to what I reviewed in March 2011: Bayou Volume One by Jeremy Lo. From my review:“Charon, Mississippi, 1933. Two ten year old little girls are playing, Lee and Lily. One black, one white. One lie results in Lee’s father arrested and a lynching feared. To save her father, Lee leaves her familiar world behind [...]
This week author-illustrator Laurie Keller (she of Arnie the Doughnut fame) paid a visit to my school. I have the photos to prove it. Usually I put a visiting author’s name up on the marquee outside. But with knee-deep (nay, waist-deep) snow, that was a no-go. So, as a show of goodwill toward Ms. Keller, [...]
Cindy found this one, The Light at Tern Rock by Julia Sauer, a Newbery Honor Book in 1952–and originally published in the Horn Book Magazine in 1949. This would seem to break the award’s rule about “original work,” that the “text is presented here for the first time and has not been previously published elsewhere […]
I feel like we’re in the middle of a 6-part series on science fiction here on AB4T, but there really was no intention behind it. These are the books and reviews in front of us! Today I present The Martian. I think Andy Weir and Crown Books must have the luck of the Gods. Thanks to [...]
47 Ronin Written by Mike Richardson Art by Stan Sakai Dark Horse Comics, $19.99 The story of the 47 Ronin is a Japanese national legend, one that has been adapted into just about every conceivable medium innumerable times since the historical events it is based on occurred at the dawn of the 18th century. In [...]