Of Castles and of Kings
At a certain point a person is inclined to throw up their hands, throw in the towel, and throw up. I am referring, of course, to the new Laura Bush children’s book that silly Harper Collins is putting out in 2008. I say "silly Harper Collins" rather than "dagblasted Harper Collins" because we all know that if any other publisher had their choice they’d do the exact same thing. President’s wife = moolah. It’s as simple as that. Be all that as it may be, that doesn’t mean I have to be happy that we’re about to be treated to yet another BACA book. The angel on my shoulder (sporting a bow tie, for some strange reason) counsels me to practice patience and wait to dismiss said book before it’s actually out. Said angel would do well to also inform me how to best read a plot description like, "depicts a mischievous little boy who likes to do everything but read. With the help of his teacher, he finds out that books and their characters can be a lot of fun," without retching.
Both MotherReader and Bookninja mentioned the odd case of the French teen who was arrested for translating Harry Potter and posting it on the Web. Awww. Poor kid. It’s not like he was asking money for it or anything. No word on how much of the book he posted. If it was the entire thing someone should give him a medal for sheer determination. That would be like someone handing me Les Miserables for a translation.
I’m a sucker for a good kidlit cover as it is, so the piece Judging a Book by its Cover: Wizard People is right up my alley. Author Heather Smith was apparently unaware of the brief spate of adult-friendly American covers slapped on our own Harry Potter books (I don’t think they ever went past book #3) but otherwise makes some good points. Of course, she didn’t include the only version of A Wizard of Earthsea that actually made the hero something other than a white guy. More’s the pity. Found via Original Content.
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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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