Congratulations, Dan Santat! Caldecott Winner for Beekle

I’m breaking the long blog silence to congratulate Dan Santat on his Caldecott win for Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. I hope you’ll always be my unimaginary friend, Dan. Congratulations to all the other winners, too.

Oh No! and the Brooklyn Public Library

I have been woefully neglectful of this blog.  I don’t have a good excuse except the usual–time. Where does it go?  Anyway, I happened to come across one of my favorite picture book heroines–from Oh No! by Mac Barnett and Dan Santat–in the neighborhood the other day.

I think she was trying to tell me something.

Adventure Time Gets Its Due

Here is a nice article that illuminates the genius of adventure time, one of my favorite shows on TV. It also underscores the importance of collaboration and fandom. It takes a village to make this show…or a candy kingdom, maybe.

#reviewsdaytuesday: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

My boy and I took a shine to Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman right away, because we’re dairy fans. Also, it’s zippy little read, so I downed it in one sitting–just in time to participate in #reviewsdaytuesday. Like the beverage to which it pays homage, this little book was a refreshing palate cleanser–a lively, funny adventure that’s a fun break from the heavier stuff. You know what? That’s often my favorite kind of reading. I have read a few other children’s books by Neil Gaiman: Coraline, The Grave Yard Book and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. This is closer to Goldfish than the other two and, while I really enjoyed both Coraline and The Grave Yard Book, they don’t have the fun sense of humor of his younger fare. I wonder why that is?

John Green’s Homage To His Editor on Vlog Bros.

ICYMI (like 3 years ago….): Here’s John Green shining a light on what his editor, Julie Strauss-Gable, actually does. John Green, on behalf of editors everywhere, I thank you. Sounds like you got yourself a good one.