Monthly Archives: October 2007

my review of children’s picture book The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley

The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley by Colin Thompson, illustrated by Amy Lissiat Kane/Miller (September 2007) ISBN-10: 1933605502, ISBN-13: 978-1933605500 My rating: 4 out of 5 stars Everyone wants to live forever. They want to be happy and … Continue reading

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Children’s authors Megan Whalen Turner and Kenneth Oppel were wonderful speakers at the Particles of Narrative conference

I recently attended the Particles of Narrative conference in Toronto, where a number of wonderful children’s and YA writers spoke. The two speeches that I really enjoyed were by Megan Whalen Turner (The Thief, Queen of Attolia) and Kenneth Oppel … Continue reading

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this is your chance to nominate your favorite children’s book to win an award

From now until November 21, 2007, you can nominate your favorite 2007 children’s book for the Cybil awards. Anyone with an email address can suggest a book. Love children’s books? Go vote for one! Or two, or three, as long … Continue reading

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my review of children’s book Smart Dog by Vivian Vande Velde

Smart Dog by Vivian Vande Velde Magic Carpet Books, Harcourt (Oct 2007, reprint) ISBN-13: 978-0152061722 My rating: 5 out of 5 On this particular spring morning as Amy walked to school, she was well within her schedule when she saw … Continue reading

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a bed cover that’s a book

I love book related items; both the reader and writer in me delight in them. And I thought this book bedcover looked both unique and interesting. This “Bedtime Stories” blanket by designer Tiago da Fonseca has several linen sheets that … Continue reading

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fantastic new Mo Willems video interview

If you like Mo Willems or his books (Leonardo, the Terrible Monster; Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct; Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!; Knuffle Bunny), then you might want to check out the fantastic video … Continue reading

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Friendly Monsters, Dragons, and more–Children’s books that bring good feeling

I have an incredible dislike of Hallowe’en. I know that it can be fun for many kids–at least the candy part. But the gruesome decorations in stores, the violent and bloody movies and tv shows, and some of the costumes–they … Continue reading

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What were your favorite books as a teenager?

Susan over at WizardWireless just tagged me for a meme: What were your favorite books as a teenager? I can always talk about books–especially my favorite ones! So. These are some of my favorite books from when I was a … Continue reading

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my review of picture book The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

The Incredible Book-Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers Penguin Group (April 2007) ISBN-10: 0399247491, ISBN-13: 978-0399247491 (In Canada: HarperCollins Canada ISBN-10: 0007182279, ISBN-13: 978-0007182275 In the UK: HarperCollins Children’s Books ISBN-10: 0007182279, ISBN-13: 978-0007182275) My rating: 5/5 Henry loved books. But … Continue reading

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interview with A. W. Flaherty, author of picture book The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster

Interviewed by Cheryl Rainfield Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating written by A. W. Flaherty, illustrated by Scott Magoon Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Pub date: September 2007 ISBN-10: 0618556443, ISBN-13: 978-0618556441 Synopsis: A picky eater on … Continue reading

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