Hot Titles and Smelly Flicks
Speaking of things I need, in case close family members of mine are wondering what to get me for my birthday, I’ll take one of these please. Jim Flora, as you will recall, was a children’s illustrator (amongst other things). I want the print partly because the now defunct Copacabana is featured on it, if for no other reason.
- I’d not heard or seen the Barnes and Noble Kid Lit Book Club. Being that my mother worked at an independent bookstore that was untimely killed by Barnes and Ignoble (name patent pending), that’s not too surprising. Still, a bookclub is a bookclub, and this thing is positively hopping. I’m a little surprised that Amazon hasn’t stolen the idea yet. Thanks to Kids Lit for the link.
- Hey authors! You all know how tricky picking just the right title for you book can be. Now you can test the relative bestseller potential of your picks with the Lulu Titlescorer. I wanted to give it a go so I plugged in "Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians" and it got a 20.1% chance of being a bestseller. "Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer" had a 35.9%. And "Leepike Ridge" had a whopping 45.6% chance. Test your own! Amaze your friends! Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.
I am not familiar with British author J.P. Martin and his stories about Uncle the elephant, but apparently he (the "he" in this case being Uncle and not, supposedly, J.P.) has a blog by the name of Tales From Homeward. He’s quite an urbane pachyderm too.
- This is just, simply, wrong. From Cynopsis Kids: "The Los Angeles Times and Fox Walden come together to include the first scented newspaper ad , as part of the marketing plan for the release of Walden Media and Mandate Film’s movie, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, which opens nationwide November 16, 2007. The fragrant ad, which will offer the scratch and sniff aroma of frosted cake (the scent is in the ink), makes its debut in the LA Times’ annual Fall Movie Sneaks section this Sunday, September 9." I’m hoping the new ad campaign for this kind of marketing will be, "Try Our New Aromatic Ads. The Scent Is In the Ink!"
- And finally, Big A little a has an off-topic meme going on right now that’s a lot of fun. Go here to find out what the top 100 songs of your Senior year of high school were, and then say what you liked and didn’t from that particular year. Kelly thinks that ’85 was bad, but I think I’ve got her beat. Take a gander at 1996. That’s right. I’m stuck with The Macarena, Ironic, and a whole lotta Hootie.
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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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