November 17, 2017

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Great Books: A Library Lover’s Delights

Engaging picture-book offerings about reading, story sharing, and the imagination-unleashing power of books .

Video Sunday: One Earworm to Rule Them All

I usually begin with a video of myself whenever I’ve a chance, but this week I’m preempting my own face because this video is the coolest thing ever.  By the time I left New York Public Library its Rose Reading Room had already been closed for half a year.  Now you get to see the […]

Candlewick Press Fall Preview Full of Drama, Dark Fairy Tales—and Octopi

Oliver Jeffers’s A Child of Books stole the spotlight among a deep field of other worthy upcoming titles, including hotly anticipated picture books and fairy tales with a film noir feel.

Video Sunday: Wind’s in the East . . .

Fun stuff.  Looks a lot like Harry Potter to a certain extent (mood, lighting, music, etc.).  It’s the trailer for Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link! A bit of an older video here.  In my travels recently I discovered that the entirety of the Oliver Jeffers short film version […]

Companions Steadfast and True | Great Books about Imaginary Friends

Ranging from picture books to novels, this selection of fun-filled tales about pretend pals celebrate unfailing friendship, effervescent individuality, and the prodigious power of imagination.

Four NYC Publishers, One Epic Season: Rocco Staino’s Peek at Upcoming Fall Titles

SLJ contributing editor Rocco Staino shares highlights from this past spring’s NYC publisher previews and offers a peek into some of the books coming out this fall season.

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers | SLJ Review

Daywalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Came Home. illus. by Oliver Jeffers. 48p. Philomel. Sept. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780399172755.

K-Gr 2–Duncan’s crayons are back in this companion to the spectacular The Day the Crayons Quit (Philomel, 2014), and they are just as forthright as ever. A stack of postcards arrive for the neglectful boy, this time written by a new batch of crayons who have been forgotten at motels, lost under the couch, or left behind in the basement. Maroon […]

Review of the Day: Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters By Oliver Jeffers Philomel (an imprint of Penguin) $26.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-16791-1 Ages 6 and up On shelves now Beware ever becoming a brand, my sweet, for that way lies nothing but unhappiness and ruin. Or not. I think the only real and true problem with […]

Late Fall Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

This month’s reviews include a vibrant assortment of cleverly engaging stories with gorgeous artwork. Look for books by award-winning illustrators Jon Klassen, Oliver Jeffers, Marie-Louise Gay, and Jim LaMarche, as well as some relative newcomers on the scene, such as Tom Clohosy Cole, Chris Haughton, August Hall, Steve Pilcher, and Ayano Imai.

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Scenes from the ‘Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off’ | ALA 2014

“The rules are: I get to make up the rules for this thing.” And with that, Master of Ceremonies Jon Scieszka opened the first “Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off,” held June 29 at ALA Annual and featuring ‘contestants’ Anna Dewdney, Judy Schachner, Loren Long, and Oliver Jeffers.

Penguin Spring Books 2014 | Spring Preview

Diversity, bears, ninjas, and celebrities all characterized the rich array of new titles at a recent Penguin preview.

Video Sunday: And to think . . .

And here I thought that Dr. Seuss films began with The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T and those short animated specials and ended with stuff like the CGI fests we’re seeing in theaters practically every year.  Not so!  Good old stop-animation also has had a hand in Seuss’s silver screen career.  Interestingly, this is the […]

Rowell, Daywalt Among 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners

Attention, best-books list watchers: The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards winners have been announced. Winners include Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, Rick Riordan’s House of Hades, and more.

Tough Choices for Tough Boys: New Titles Explore “Manhood” | JLG’s On the Radar

From paperboy routes to dealing with a dad fighting in Afghanistan, these new releases selected by Junior Library Guild editors feature boys who make difficult, life-altering decisions.