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April 21, 2014

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Novels about the One Percent

Novels about the One Percent

Today we have two very different novels that feature the lives of the uber-wealthy. I love Jamie Watson’s reference to Brideshead Revisited in her starred review of The Last Enchantments. I was completely obsessed with that novel when we read it in senior year English, and I think the fact that I never fully understood [...]

Review of the Day: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

Review of the Day: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza By James Kochalka First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1626721036 Ages 7-11 On shelves now James Kochalka has always had a penchant for the outright silly. If nothing else his Johnny Boo series of books have said as much. He’s not afraid to go for the [...]

Printz Award

Printz Award

I realized I never posted about the Printz Award and Honor Books! The Printz Award: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. From my review:“Always, there is an Eric and a Merle; a hare and a loss; and the island of Blessed. These are the constants. What changes in the seven stories of Midwinterblood is the time, starting in the future, 2073, [...]

Books on Film: Why Is Mo Willems In Paris?

Books on Film: Why Is Mo Willems In Paris?

What is Mo Willems (a.k.a. the Bill Murray of Children’s Literature) doing in Paris? Thinking deep thoughts, of course.

Booktrack for amplifying story

Booktrack for amplifying story

Booktrack is a new, free platform designed to encourage readers to immerse themselves in their readings by accompanying digital texts with movie-style soundtracks. Booktrack Classroom offers a library of public domain books to which soundtracks have already been added.  Students may opt to create their own soundtracks content they’ve authored themselves. And teachers may create [...]

Are you teaching kids to curate?

Are you teaching kids to curate?

Hi folks, Brenda Boyer, Della Curtis and I are finishing up our upcoming ALA book project on curation and there’s a missing piece we need your help with. We’d like to know about how librarians (and classroom teachers) are teaching students to perform digital curation.  What tools are you using? How is student curation integrated [...]

Newsreel heaven! British Pathé posts 90,000 Historical Films on YouTube

Newsreel heaven! British Pathé post 90,000 Historical Films on YouTube

British Pathé has placed its archive of more than 90,000 historical films (or 3,500 hours) on YouTube.

This Week’s Comics: AW YEAH Eisner Time!

This Week’s Comics: AW YEAH Eisner Time!

Enjoy a spring basket full of this week’s new releases! For the sports-minded, Archie Comics has a collection of stories in the Archie Comics Spectacular Sports Time trade. For a more poignant story, Disney Press has the true account of a half-American, half-Japanese boy’s experiences in the internment camps during World War II with Gaijin [...]

Press Release Fun: The Snow Queen joins the New York Musical Theatre Festival

Press Release Fun: The Snow Queen joins the New York Musical Theatre Festival

You know when you make a friend who works in a different field than you and then, in time, your mutual interests come together?  Years ago my friend Katie married a talented composer by the name of Haddon Kime.  Haddon was kind enough to create the opening music of my short lived podcast and then [...]

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Winner

The winner for YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults was announced at Midwinter! The winner: The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb. From my review: “In 1960, a group of Israeli spies and operatives captured the Nazi fugitive, Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann had been in [...]

Books on Film: The Longest Comic Strip Ever

Books on Film: The Longest Comic Strip Ever

Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce was on the Today show recently to, you know, just collect a Guinness plaque for assembling the world’s longest comic strip. I say assembled because he had some help – kids from around the country. Tune in, if for no other reason than to hear him utter the following genius [...]

Fan-built Windblade storms the Transformers Universe

Fan-built Windblade storms the Transformers Universe

This week, a new Transformer is joining the IDW comics universe as well as the Hasbro toy line. Windblade is a character that was created by fans on the Hasbro website, the first Fan-Built-Bot and created a bit of stir because of her gender. That’s right, Windblade is female, and she is joining the predominately [...]

Fusenews: Not seething with envy. It’s more of a percolation process.

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“So what’s the talk of the town these days? Well the relative brouhaha came about at the end of last week when ReedPOP announced a panel of ‘the world’s biggest children’s authors’ in the field.” Happy National Library Week.

The Problem with Stories about Amnesia (Solved by Robert Glancy and Jason Bourne)

The Problem with Stories about Amnesia (Solved by Robert Glancy and Jason Bourne)

Anyone who cares about narrative, movies, or both should be reading Matt Bird’s Cockeyed Caravan blog. He spends most of his time there deconstructing the narrative structure of Hollywood movies and explaining how and why movies do (and don’t) work. But while he only discusses movies (and usually big-budget Hollywood ones at that), his insights [...]

2014 Eisner nominations include categories for kids

2014 Eisner nominations include categories for kids

Yesterday, Comic-Con International announced the nominations for the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The nominees – chosen by judges Kathy Bottarini, William H. Foster, Christian Lipski, Lee Oeth, Jenny Robb, and James Romberger – cover a wide range of genres and interests, including three categories focused particularly on children and teens. Best Publication for Early [...]

Press Release Fun: Children’s Literary Salon – Podcasting Children’s Books

Press Release Fun: Children’s Literary Salon – Podcasting Children’s Books

I’m so pleased with this next Salon that I’m fit to burst.  Somehow I managed to wrangle THREE of our best children’s literary podcasters into one place at one time.  If I were a person prone to the term “squee” I would apply it here, now. New York Public Library is pleased to announce our [...]

Flashback: April 2012

Flashback: April 2012

A look back at what I reviewed in April 2012:  Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown. From my review: “Jennie Lovell’s loved ones left to fight in the Civil War: her twin brother, Tobias; her fiance and cousin, Will Pritchett; and her other cousin, Quinn, Will’s brother. She knew the moment Toby died: could feel it. [...]

Review: The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

Review: The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

The Riverman (The Riverman Trilogy, Volume 1) By Aaron Starmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN: 9780374363093 $15.99 Grades 6-9 In Stores *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler books | Your Library Interestingness is underrated (it also barely feels like a real word, but let’s not let that get in the way here). Sometimes, in [...]

Preview: Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox

Preview: Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox

Here’s a look at the third volume in Viz/Perfect Square’s adaptation of the Ben 10 Omniverse animated series. Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox, sets Ben and Rook up against someone from their past “whose very existence could mean the end of the world as we know it.” The story, written by Joel Enos and drawn [...]

Review of the Day: Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson

Boys of Blur By N.D. Wilson Random House Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-449-81673-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves April 8th. I like a kid’s book with ambition. It’s all well and good to write one about magic candy shops or goofy uncles or simpering unicorns or what have you. The world is big and [...]