Charlotte's Web art auction. Nancy at Kidsmomo was blogging about the original Charlotte's Web cover by Garth Williams that just went for $155,350 at auction, and noticed that its composition has survived through many iterations of the classic book.
Lane Smith and "Jackass"-gate. School Library Journal sums up the particulars of a new controversy: "While Lane Smith's It's a Book (Roaring Brook, 2010) elicits smiles for its tongue-in-cheek story of three animals in this digital age, the picture book is also gathering a few storm clouds for the proper name it assigns to a male donkey."
More National Book Award coverage. Roger Sutton at Read Roger linked to both the Horn Book's and SLJ's reviews of finalists in the NBA young people's literature category, while SLJ put up short interviews with the "Fab Five."
NYT Editors' Choice: Dust Devil. The New York Times recently picked Anne Isaac and Paul O. Zelinsky's Dust Devil as an "Editors' Choice," after a write-up from Bruce Barcott--which also talked about the author-illustrator duo's 1995 Caldecott Honor-winning tall tale Swamp Angel. ("Did I mention that Bart and the Desperadoes ride giant mosquitoes instead of horses? They do grow ’em big in Montana, you know.")
"Children's book illustrators steal the show." At the Brooklyn Public Library, that is--according to this story from the New York Daily News last week, found via achockablog. That's understandable with illustrations like this from Sophie Blackall (from Big Red Lollipop):
New Odyssey graphic novel. We're still loving the cover of Gareth Hinds' graphic novel adaptation of The Odyssey, published by Candlewick and released earlier this month to much acclaim. (From Booklist's starred review: "As the proliferation of recent Odyssey graphic novelizations approaches the record held by Shakespeare adaptations, it is perhaps appropriate that Hinds, the Bard’s premiere sequential adapter, should produce the most lavish retelling of Homer yet.") Publishers Weekly has a rundown on the book's path to publication and some of Hinds' other work.