Monthly Archives: September 2009

review of picture book You’re Mean, Lily Jean

You’re Mean, Lily Jean by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton North Winds Press (Scholastic Canada), (September 2009) ISBN-10: 0545994993, ISBN-13: 978-0545994996 book source: publisher review copy My rating: 5 out of 5 stars Carly always played with her … Continue reading

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Books drastically reduced in size for portability

I have a fondness for mini books–books that are smaller in size than regular books, but still readable. There’s something about them that delights me. Maybe it’s the way I can fit a picture book in my back pocket, or … Continue reading

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Astak EZ Reader on sale until end of Sept

I just saw that Astak’s 5″ EZ Reader is on sale at $199 until the end of September. That’s one of the best prices for an e-ink reader I’ve seen, especially one that has 20-plus open formats, including PDF, DOC, … Continue reading

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Have you seen the house and furniture made of books?

Well, it’s not actually made of books–sculptor Livio de Marchi carved a house and furniture out of wood, making many of the pieces look like they’re made from books. The piece is called “House of Books No.1,” and is found … Continue reading

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UK Children’s publisher looking for submissions

UK children’s book publisher Wizzbook is looking for submissions. They are looking for “Early readers of about 2,000 words, but with a strong visual element in the writing; and Chapter book fiction for 5–12 age range.” Thanks to @thebookwright for … Continue reading

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Sue Corbett’s book trailer impressed me

I love well-made book trailers, and I think Sue Corbett’s book trailer for her new book The Last Newspaper Boy in America is beautifully made. It looks and sounds professional, and it drew me in, making me want to read … Continue reading

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The thrill of seeing your name on your first book

I now have copies of my very first YA book–The Last Dragon! (grinning) On Saturday, I went to lunch at the editor’s house with my fellow writers from the Dragon Speaker series–Debbie Ouellet and Erin Thomas. We signed copies to … Continue reading

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Reading on the subway

I love to read on the subway–and the bus, the streetcar–any transportation that I have to take, that takes my time. It’s relaxing, rejuvenating, entertaining (novels). Or I learn from it, gain new understandings (non-fiction). I’m almost always reading a … Continue reading

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