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July 24, 2014

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Archie Comics Announces Third Sonic Comic Series

Archie Comics Announces Third Sonic Comic Series

Archie Comics and SEGA have announced plans to publish Sonic Boom, a new comic book in the popular Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series. Sonic Boom is based on a new series of video games and CG cartoon series set to debut on Cartoon Network and is a new branch in the ever growing Sonic [...]

The Scourge of Upside Down Knitting

The Scourge of Upside Down Knitting

When you grow up with a mother who is a knitter, there are certain facts in life that you simply have to accept.  Knitting all the time, everywhere, is the norm.  A bookshelf full of different kinds of yarn is not weird.  Fiber Fests are de rigeur and knowing the difference between a gossip wheel [...]

Creepy Library Statue Status Update

Creepy Library Statue Status Update

If you’re confused, click here for the creepy library statues backstory. Created with thewallmachine.com

Helpful tips

Helpful tips

Elizabeth has put together an entertaining and most instructive list of ten don’ts for writers submitting manuscripts to agents or editors. (Also entertaining is this take on our listicle culture I read about in the NYT yesterday.) Could I make a list of Ten Things That Make a Children’s Book Reviewer Roll His Eyes? Oh, […]

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Language in Speculative Fiction

Language in Speculative Fiction

Today we review two speculative novels in which language plays an important role. The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon is all about language and the ways that technology changes words and communication. For teens who are as attached to their devices as to most of their actual body parts, this is ideally relevant literary fiction. (Slate titled [...]

Links: Archie Dies, Fraggle Rock Rises Again

Links: Archie Dies, Fraggle Rock Rises Again

The death of Archie Andrews was in the news this week, as it occurs in this month’s issue of Life With Archie, which is out today. That doesn’t mean Archie is going away, as he dies only in Life With Archie, in which the Riverdale gang are all in their 20s; teenage Archie will continue [...]

Books on Film: ‘They’re Playing a Game Without Rules’

Books on Film: ‘They’re Playing a Game Without Rules’

The first book Dahlov Ipcar ever illustrated was The Little Fisherman, written by a gal named Margaret Wise Brown. Ipcar went on to illustrate somewhere in the neighborhood of thirty more. This video, produced by Nobrow/Flying Eye Books on the occasion of the re-release of two of Ipcar’s books (The Wonderful Egg and I Like [...]

Why it’s important to smash a few apps (or what’s on your palette?)

Why it’s important to smash a few apps

Lately when I think about how I am going to accomplish a digital task, I find that I automatically consider the task as a creative process, a process that makes me dig into my digital toolkit or examine my digital palette, usually more than once, to discover new synergies. I’ve come to discover what I’ve [...]

Top Shelf Reveals Cover for Book 2 of ‘March’

Top Shelf Reveals Cover for Book 2 of ‘March’

Top Shelf Productions unveiled the cover for book 2 of March yesterday in an interview with the three creators of the book on CNN. (Chris Ross of Top Shelf posted some comments about the process of refining the cover on his Twitter.) Slated to be released in early 2015, the second volume of Congressman John [...]

Review of the Day: Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

Review of the Day: Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegretation By Duncan Tonatiuh Harry N. Abrams $18.95 ISBN: 978-1419710544 Ages 7-12 On shelves now If I blame my childhood education for anything I suppose it would be for instilling in me the belief that the history worth learning consisted of a set of [...]

All Middle Grade Novels Should Be 192 Pages. No Exceptions.

All Middle Grade Novels Should Be 192 Pages. No Exceptions.

Imagine a world… Where all middle grade fiction is 192 pages. No exceptions. There’s been talk for a few years now about the expanding page counts in books for young people. Some point to Harry Potter as the reason. One type of book that hasn’t ballooned is the humble picture book. There are exceptions, but [...]

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014

The Wildest Children’s Books of 2014

“What follows are a few 2014 books that made me and Salvador Dali double take – in a good way,” writes Travis Jonker, introducing this year’s edition of an annual feature on his blog 100 Scope Notes.

My Salinger Year

My Salinger Year

Joanna Rakoff’s wonderfully engaging memoir, My Salinger Year, shares the author’s experiences during the year she moves to New York City straight out of grad school. She sort of maybe wants to be a poet. She knows she wants to work with books. Maybe publishing? She leaves her boyfriend behind, even though he sounds like [...]

Review: Monster Soul Vol. 1

Review: Monster Soul Vol. 1

Monster Soul Vol. 1 By Hiro Mashima Kodansha Comics; $10.99 Rated T, for Ages 13+ Just because they’re monsters doesn’t mean they’re bad people. The five monsters that star in the latest manga series by Hiro Mashima (Rave Master, Fairy Tail) to make it to the U.S. are known collectively as “The Black Airs,” and [...]

Link Du Jour: Get Wilder

Link Du Jour: Get Wilder

Travis here with a quick public service announcement for those who love children’s literature: In the lead-up to the release of their book Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature, authors Betsy Bird (A Fuse #8 Production) and Julie Danielson (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) are posting some of the true stories that weren’t included [...]

Preview: Archie #657 (Archie Learns Windsurfing)

Preview: Archie #657 (Archie Learns Windsurfing)

It’s summer, time for Archie Comics to bust out the beach stories! In this month’s issue of Archie, Veronica takes up windsurfing and Archie decides to join her, with predictably hilarious results. Check out our preview, including the variant cover by the Tiny Titans team of Art Baltazar and Franco, and pick up the full [...]

Book Trailer Premiere – Muddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek by Elizabeth Rusch

Book Trailer Premiere – Muddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek by Elizabeth Rusch

Occasionally I’ll premiere a book trailer here or there.  Particularly when it’s from a children’s author whose work I admire.  If the name “Elizabeth Rusch” is ringing some bells, there may be a reason for that.  Back in the day I was a huge fan of her The Mighty Mars Rovers as well as that [...]

Girl Power! All about that acceptance

In the past couple of weeks I’ve come across a couple of videos that refreshingly reaffirm the importance of girls’ voice and what beauty is really about. In case you missed them  . . . Twenty-year-old Nashville songwriter Meghan Trainer creates a pastel universe that is all about acceptance and positive body image in her [...]

New Books from Alex Award Winners

New Books from Alex Award Winners

Last year around this time I looked at a far-from-complete list of new books by Alex Award winners to see which ones we had reviewed and might be reviewing. Today, I show my compulsive side by trying to put together a complete list of every 2014 book by a former Alex winner. Altogether, I found [...]

This Week’s Comics: LeafGreen Banana Guard

This Week’s Comics: LeafGreen Banana Guard

Hunker down against the weather with some new comics out this week. Writer Neil Gaiman and artist Adam Rex follow-up their bestselling children’s book Chu’s Day with Chu’s First Day of School. Nobrow Press releases a whole lot of Hilda and the… books, and Papercutz has a new Disney’s Fairies volume, adapting the new film [...]