End-o'-the-Week Kid-Lit Roundup
Coming soon: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: The Motion Picture. Okay, I wish. But one of Mo Willems' fans has already created an excellent poster for a movie that I want to exist (based, of course, on the very popular book):
As the Pigeon says, "NEEDS MORE FLAMES!" Found this while reading about the big Mo Willems simulcast...
"Picture Book Birthday Party." School Library Journal has a round-up and commentary on some "noteworthy new editions and reissues," including Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Little Blue and Little Yellow, and--still a favorite at our house--Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. ("Take this opportunity to weed out bedraggled copies, replace long-lost volumes, and freshen up your shelves with new versions of these tried-and-true titles.")
"The Stars So Far," continued. We've thanked ShelfTalker before for their very useful summaries of recent books with starred reviews, and Elizabeth Bluemle just pulled together another one. Even more interesting, though, was her warning re: the "danger to 'starry' thinking":
"The list of titles is so long that one is in danger of skimming over the single stars, not to mention the myriad of fantastic books that haven't received any starred reviews. To take just two examples from years past, we've sold countless copies of the hilarious crowd-pleasing dog tribute, Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan et al., and the gorgeous, perfect-to-read-aloud, every-teacher-should-know-about 17 Kings and 42 Elephants by Margaret Mahy and Patricia MacCarthy."
Lunch Lady reviews. Jen Robinson just featured a review of one of my favorites, Jarrett J. Krosoczka's new Lunch Lady series: Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute and Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians. ("In short, these books are pure fun, perfect for both new readers and older reluctant readers. I would classify them as a must-purchase for elementary school libraries.") Watch for Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta in December!
New Notes from the Horn Book. The October installment of the Horn Book's monthly newsletter is out, led by a Q&A with Graceling's Kristin Cashore in which she talks about the upcoming sequel Fire. (Want even more Cashore? Read Heidi's interview with her last year.)
More "Scanimation"! Our son was just a few months old when Gallop! came out and too young to really appreciate it (unless you count tearing it apart as appreciation), and we somehow missed out on the follow-up Swing!--so we're excited to see yet another new "Scanimation" title, Waddle!, now that our toddler is obsessed with both animals and locomotion.
The "confrontation-averse age of parenting." Don't miss a funny, biting, and insightful piece in the new New Yorker called "The Defiant Ones: In today’s picture books, the kids are in charge"--especially if you have kids of picture-book age. The premise:
"In this confrontation-averse age of parenting, in which the 'escalation' of emotions is considered a mark of failure, a favorite way of inculcating discipline is the reading of picture books. The language of a good children’s story is precise and consistent, offering a genial way for parents to address misbehavior."
The Library of the Early Mind. Fuse #8 points us to the blog of an in-production feature-length documentary film about children’s literature. You can see high-quality (if short) clips of the interviews so far, with the likes of Jane Yolen, Roger Sutton, and (pictured here) U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman: