Archive for May, 2010

I’m fascinated by the chapter in The Graveyard Book on the Dance Macabre: what does it mean in the context of the book and why did Neil Gaiman include it?. I’d also like to just comment briefly on the way the book ends. Chapter 5, the middle of the book, begins after Bod has been […]

It’s hard to find something new to say about this wonderful, but I’ll try. The Graveyard Book was published in September of 2008 and has won, among other things, the 2009 Hugo and Newbery Awards. It was, of course, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean. In an interview with the Scottish Book […]



Instructions is a picture book I’d love to love. It’s by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess, both of whom are wonderful. I looked at Coraline here, here and here. I loved The Graveyard Book and I’m tempted to post on why I love it. (I also love his adult stuff like American Gods, […]

Wonderful author visit at the Blue Manatee Monday. I don’t have the pictures yet, but when I get them I will post them. Lois Lowry’s blog has a picture of the Blue Manatee’s (de)cafe. Lois Lowry spoke mostly about her childhood and where the ideas for her stories come from and illustrated the talk mostly […]

It’s been a while since I posted about a picture book. Where the Wild Things Are and Goodnight Moon are pretty much the only ones I remember talking much about. I’ll try to work in a couple this week, though tomorrow night I’ll be at Blue Manatee for Lois Lowry’s visit, so I’ll try to […]

I posted yesterday about Lois Lowry’s The Birthday Ball and forgot to link to my post on The Giver, so here it is. The BSBSD (bedside book stack of doom) does tend to foretell the future of these posts, and currently includes (and I’m editing out the non-kid books) Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson, The […]

Lois Lowry will be at the Blue Manatee in Cincinnati, Ohio Monday May 17th from 7-9 PM. Yes, I’ll be there, too. I just finished The Birthday Ball, by Lois Lowry, illustrated by Jules Feiffer. This is a middle grade novel and it’s a lot of fun. Princess Patricia Priscella has a problem: she’s bored. […]

Is Coraline about mothering? If not, what is it about? A brief of the story [SPOILER: I don’t think it spoils much, but you may wish to come back and read this after you’ve read the book or seen the movie]: Coraline feels ignored. She finds a world with the “other mother” who meets her […]

We’re still synopsizing Coraline by Neil Gaiman, and she’s in a terrible state. Other mother, the one with the button eyes, has offered her the opportunity to stay in the other world, if only she will allow the buttons to be sewn onto or into her eyes. “We only want what’s best for you,” other […]

Last night I went to a reading of Harold Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes for some of the Board and Faculty of the Psychoanalytic Institute, and it was wonderful, as was the discussion with audience and actors afterwards. On the surface the play is a wife telling her husband about an affair which may or may […]