File These Under “Misc.”
Things have calmed down and shuffled two steps closer to normal. The To Be Read piles in our homes are starting to lower. We’re all beginning to get some interesting 2008 ARCs for consideration (always nice to have some in reserve for when the new year comes in). It’s the final days of July 2007 and I feel fine.
Some news then.
All I have for you today is pretty much just silly stuff. For example, how awesome is the Howl’s Moving Castle paper craft found via bookshelves of doom? Answer: It’s like you sneezed awesome all over it, it’s so great. Ahhhhh.
Recently I’ve been asked what I think the next big fantasy series is going to be. By "big" the people who ask don’t mean Harry Potter standards. They just want to know what’ll make money. So I rattle off all the usual books that have recently been turned into films (Spiderwick, Golden Compass, yadda yadda yadda) and then I mention good old Rick Riordan. Once his movie comes through he’ll experience a serious rise in his fortunes. In the meantime I learned that there’s an original Percy Jackson story being placed on Rick Riordan’s blog at the moment. Thanks to Jen Robinson’s Book Page for the heads up.
When I read Tracking Trash none too long ago, I learned of the proliferation of bathroom toys throughout the sea. Things like floating turtles and, of course, rubber duckies. With such an image in mind observe now a Rubber Ducky of truly epic proportions.
Thanks to BB-Blog for the link.
And now, some library news. According to various news sources, apparently my library system is mere moments away from being able to "transform itself". Don’t nobody tell me nothing. And can we even use the word "transform" anymore due to the unfortunate connotations with Transformers: The Movie? I guess just so long as NYPL doesn’t transform me out of a job, I’m okay with change. *nervously chews on fingernails*
Y’all might have seen that Junie B. Jones article in the New York Times recently. The article has probably disappeared from public view at this point. Basically the reporter was shocked shocked that some people don’t care for the series. People who dislike the books tend to pull out the old Cookie Monster argument that if your child sees someone doing or saying something bad it’ll destroy their chances for a happy life. At least I think that’s the anti-Jonesian stance. The best response to all this, as I see it, came via Bookninja. "You know, they might be right. Remember that entire generation that grew up talking like Dr. Seuss? We’re still in recovery from that, burbled the flinkflomp cat."
Life is too short not to consider purchasing a raunchy Harry Potter t-shirt, if only for a moment. Dunno where you’d wear it, of course. Maybe to a Harry and the Potters concert. Say… in all the HP hullabaloo, did anyone speak to the Potters about where their career is headed now the the series is over? That just occurred to me. Thank god they took time off for college, eh? Tees are found via the Longstockings. The fact that My Dad Is Rich and Your Dad Is Dead is now caught in my head … well, I have no one to blame but myself.
Finally, in the realm of the Read But Not Reviewed (yet) is the book Laika by Nick Abadzis. Mr. Abadzis is now occupying the coveted slot of being my current favorite graphic novelist. The fact that I only just recently came across his illustration blog is just a nice plus. Review forthcoming.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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