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Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 3: Does This Book Even Need Pennywise?

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 3: Does This Book Even Need Pennywise?

Stephen King’s IT Parade is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if you dare. CHAPTERS 4-7 & THE FIRST INTERLUDE Nothing speaks to the way King just can’t stop with IT than the book’s four “interludes”—in total, about 120 pages of history lessons about Derry that probably could […]

Reviews of the Week, with Jason Reynolds, Tillie Walden, Daniel Handler, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with Jason Reynolds, Tillie Walden, Daniel Handler, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and / or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from July 17 through 21 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   July 10  Spinning, by Tillie Walden Award-winning Walden’s first book-length work traces her […]

Celebrating WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES with Novels about Humanoid Monkeys

Celebrating WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES with Novels about Humanoid Monkeys

War for the Planet of the Apes opens today. Upon the conclusion of the latest (and best) iteration of the blockbuster sci-fi franchise, let’s take a look back on its debut. Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out in August of 2011, on the heels of two of the most devastating nonfiction chimpanzee narratives […]

The Blue Hour by Isabelle Simler

The Blue Hour by Isabelle Simler

Cindy: The blue hour happens twice a day, at dawn and dusk, and is treasured by artists for its exceptional quality of light. I treasure Isabelle Simler’s The Blue Hour because it’s a gorgeous new picture book from France by an author / illustrator who takes full advantage of that magical time. The endpapers set the scene […]

Looking Back on the End of the School Year

Looking Back on the End of the School Year

One of my favorite things about working in a school is the school year cycle itself. I love the momentum and the sense of change. There’s a clear beginning (New school supplies! Bright ideas for lessons! Brand. New. Books!) and a clear end (Collecting all the books! End-of-year reports! Putting in final grades!). OK, the […]

Further Reading: Sandwiches

Further Reading: Sandwiches

This morning’s David Brooks New York Times column about structural and social inequality engorged the outrage glands of the Twittersphere due to the following passage: Plenty of blogs have already collected the best Twitter takes, and The A. V. Club just weighed in with the first feature-length satire of the op-ed. But has anyone stopped to […]