November 21, 2017

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Review: The Wendy Project

I particularly adore when authors (and artists) take a (classic) work and they tear it apart and create something new—but recognizable. There’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, countless fractured fairy tales, and this year I read a dystopian version of Peter Pan. So picking up a copy of The Wendy Project was a natural choice […]

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Literature: Happy 4th of July!

In case you’re confused, there is actually no direct connection between today’s post and Independence Day. I just felt somewhat bad about appropriating the holiday without acknowledging its existence and so here we are. Happy 4th! And now, some random adult books with tangential connections to books for kids. The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature: You Had Me at “Hellenic Mystery-Cult”

It’s that time again.  The adult world constantly infringes upon or draws from the rich roster of children’s books we have out there.  Here’s the latest crop of titles you might not have heard about otherwise:   Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller At first this looks pretty standard.  An adult novel about Laura […]

The Mystery of the Missing Tink and the Girl Who Would Be President

Part of what I like about this blog so much is its ability to crowdsource information.  Take my updated version of The Complete Listing of All Public Children’s Literature Statues in the United States.  The post got a nice response and an even nicer series of statues I’d never even heard of.  A new How […]

Review: ‘Peter Pan’

Peter Pan Writer: Blake Hoena Artist: Fernando Cano Stone Arch Books; $6.95 For adults, who have spent most of their lives occasionally experiencing different presentations and interpretations of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan story in various media, the most interesting aspect of any new telling might simply be in seeing how its creators choose to depict […]

The Return of Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Paddington Bear, and More | Refreshing Reissues

These recently released special editions are can’t-miss versions of some spectacular works that should occupy a place in every collection.

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A Dose of Family Drama | Adult Books 4 Teens

With the holiday season approaching, we present a handful of picks that give a new spin to the definition of family and offer plenty of food for thought. The full versions of these reviews originally appeared on the Adult Books 4 Teens blog.

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Video Sunday: “I’m a Reno Sweeney bunny!”

There was a time when I worked in the main branch of NYPL with the big old stone lions out front.  No longer.  These days I work at BookOps, a dual entity that encompasses both NYPL and Brooklyn Public  Library.  And in my workplace there is a great and grand and massively impressive sorting machine.  […]

Teens Review ‘Second Star’, ‘Hungry’, and a Second Take on ‘My Last Kiss’

Our teen reviewers report on a reimagining of the Peter Pan story, Second Star, and an intriguing look at a world without food, Hungry. The latter title adds to the recent spate of environmental fiction in YA lit.

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Harper Teen, July 2012
Reviewed from an ARC
As a quick reminder, we only have a little time before our Pyrite Printz nominations close, so if you have a book that knocks your socks off this year, you should head over to the comments to let us know!
But the real purpose of […]

Watch and Read—Spotlight on Media Tie-ins: Jake and the Never Land Pirates

With an “Ahoy, mateys!” and a warm smile, the leader of a crew of pint-size pirates welcomes viewers to each episode of Jake and the Never Land Pirates (TV Y). Airing mornings on Disney Junior, this popular animated TV series for preschoolers is now in its second season (a third debuts in 2013) and continues to rack up the ratings.