Your Tuesday Summary
- I wish I could say I was surprised that Peter Sis was interviewed on NPR regarding The Wall recently, but honestly they’d be crazy not to talk to him. Now, in the past I’ve received requests to make him a Hot Man of Children’s Literature. He’s cute and all, but may I give the award to his voice instead? WHAT a great voice to have. Someday I will be rich and I shall put out a compilation CD of different kidlit voices. Imagine placing the sonorous tones of Sis alongside those of Shel Silverstein. I bet you could accidentally short out your head that way.
- Big A little a located a really fun piece in The Times called My first break: Bestselling children’s authors tell how they got published. A smart American might ask all the bestselling authors they knew to do a similar piece. Hmmmmm….
- Some very interesting thoughts on A Wrinkle in Time over at Oz and Ends. It’s funny to me that some people find this a disappointing adult re-read. I’m always very pleased with L’Engle’s writing in the book, but I confess that I never considered the Cold War/McCarthy implications in the piece. How odd.
- From author Maureen Johnson, some fun with revision.
- A very Lemony Snicket-like post has appeared on YA author Robin Brande’s blog. It also appears to be one of her most popular.
- The Lois Duncan book Hotel for Dogs is being turned into a movie starring Emma Roberts. This falls into the category of How Did Hollywood Find This? I’m convinced that once in a while a book someone loved as a kid will end up on the silver screen long after it has fallen out of print. For example, my husband is friends with a lovely woman at Columbia University who’s currently working her tail off to get the rights to Snow Treasure. Duncan news found via Jen Robinson, who in turn got it from Miss Erin.
- Two round-up in particular got my attention today. The first is going to be incredibly useful to you librarians out there. Just yesterday a woman came up to me at the reference desk asking, "Do you have a list of really good back-to-school titles for kids?" Do I? No. No I don’t. You know who does? Wild Rose Reader. Check out this magnificent compilation of different Back to School links. You can bet I printed a couple of these out for my patron pronto. Round-up #2 comes via Semicolon. She has performed a whacked out bookshelf summary.
- Yay! Clancy the Courageous Cow by Lachie Hume was recently shortlisted in Australia’s Chrichton Award for Children’s Illustration. Go, Clancy, go go go! Better still, the Children’s Book Council of Australia just handed out their Book of the Year Award Winners for 2007. The picture book of the year? None other than the magnificent The Arrival by just-about-to-break-into-America-by-storm author/illustrator Shaun Tan. Of course. As if there would have been any doubt at all in our minds. Thanks to Kids Lit for the links.
- Sometimes I just sit and gape at the levels of sheer dedication that go into a single Bottom Shelf Books piece. A current favorite: The divinity of eggplant.
- Fun! I’ve found something to make my eyes bleed for a while. Many thanks to Gail Gauthier.
- Would anyone like to go and see The Wolves in the Walls with me when it comes to town? Maybe we should do a class trip.
- And finally, if watching movies is more your style, you can locate showings of The Hollywood Librarian at this nice site here.
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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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