Archive for April, 2010

The Life of Pi


This is the latest book to come to the top of the Bed Side Book Stack of Doom (BSBSD), and it’s fascinating. It is an allegory that works on a number of levels, with touches that show just how carefully the author thought things through. The Life of Pi was written by Yann Martel, published […]

In an April 8th article in the New York Times, Abby Goodnough talks about a second grade class at a charter school in Springfield, Mass. where Professor Thomas Wartenberg of Mt. Holyoke has been using classics in children’s literature to bring up philosophical questions and, instead of answering them, has been listening to the kids […]

Changing ages


Monica Edinger at Educating Alice posted about the epidemic of shifting ages in main characters of children’s books turned movies. She mentioned the aging of Beezus in the upcoming Ramona and Beezus movie, and that Percy Jackson (The Lightning Thief) and Harriet Welsch (Harriet the Spy) both moved to high school. I haven’t seen either […]

Sunday I had the privilege of watching How To Train Your Dragon with  4 year-old and 6 year-old nephews. Yes! The film was done well and it was a lot of fun. Like most DreamWorks films, a lot of attention was paid to story. The movie was an (way different) adaptation of the children’s novel […]

The 2010 Phoenix Award was announced this week, and it is The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff. I have not read it, but it sounds truly intriguing, and I plan on reading it. I wasn’t aware of the Phoenix Award until I heard about it on the School Library Journal blog. Turns out I’ve read […]

Heaven Eyes


Heaven Eyes, by David Almond popped to the top of my BSBSD (bedside book stack of doom for new readers). I spoke about David Almond’s Skellig not long ago, which may have something to do with why Heaven Eyes bubbled up on the stack. Heaven Eyes, like Skellig, is magical realism “an aesthetic style or […]

Amputation 2


I’m going, as always, to assume you’ve either read the books here or don’t mind a little bit of a spoiler. The books are good reading, particularly The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti but Moonstone by Marilee Brothers is fun, too. The climaxes of both books have amputation threats. In Moonstone Allie’s mother is threatened […]

I stayed up two hours past my bedtime to read Moonstone, by Marilee Brothers. It’s a supernatural YA romance with an appealing fifteen year old protagonist, Allie, who falls from an aluminum ladder face first into a cowflop, zapped on the way down by an electric fence and thus discovers her super powers. Allie lives […]

Odds and Ends


I am proudly wearing my School Library Journal Battle of the Books 2010 T shirt! My goal next year will be to read all the books involved before they’re judged. Browsing Borders, I found Wild Things, by Dave Eggers. It’s a novelization of the movie Where the Wild Things Are, which he cowrote with Spike […]

So, who is Skellig? We meet Skellig when he’s weak, helpless, starving, almost turned to stone like the dead birds . . . abandoned with the trash in a garage that’s falling to pieces around him. Michael is closed, angry about the move, angry about the premature infant who’s taken so much from him . […]