Tag: humor

LEAF LITTER CRITTERS: Poems from the Duff

LEAF LITTER CRITTERS: Poems from the Duff

Lynn: There’s nothing more fun for kids (and many adults) than grubbing in the dirt. Any gardener or small child knows that there are a lot of fascinating things to be found there—many of them wonderfully wiggly. But I had no idea of either the huge variety of critters to be found there or their […]

Sarah Albee’s POISON: A History of Horrifying Substances for Middle-Graders

Sarah Albee’s POISON: A History of Horrifying Substances for Middle-Graders

Lynn: Author Sarah Albee makes it clear right at the beginning of Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions and Murderous Medicines (2017) that her book is NOT a how-to manual for murder! Rather, it’s a history with far more than murderous intentions. But what mystery fan doesn’t want the inside scoop on this crime-writer favorite method? Authors from […]

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Don’t Bite Your Classmates (or Worse)

Don’t Bite Your Classmates (or Worse)

Lynn: Small children have so many things to learn, and dealing with frustration and anger is one of them. As parents and teachers know to their sorrow, some toddlers resort to chomping the object of their ire. It’s a tough problem, and when I read a book recently that addressed biting, I told Cindy I […]

ITCH! A Book Worth the Scratch

ITCH! A Book Worth the Scratch

Lynn: Itch! Yikes, the very word makes me want to scratch! What makes us itch and why? Here to answer questions every child has about this irritating phenomenon is Itch! Everything You Didn’t Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch (2017) by Anita Sanchez. I’ve been itching to get my hands on this fall book […]

BABY MONKEY, PRIVATE EYE Solves the Case and Reinvents the Form

BABY MONKEY, PRIVATE EYE Solves the Case and Reinvents the Form

Lynn: Well, Brian Selznick has done it again: reinvented a format, that is. This time, it’s a whole new incarnation of an early chapter book, and what a delight it is! Selznick and David Serlin’s enchanting Baby Monkey, Private Eye (2018) has 192 pages—long for the format, but in these innovative hands, it works so […]

Disastrous Holiday Getaway? Should Have Read Wimpy Kid First

Disastrous Holiday Getaway? Should Have Read Wimpy Kid First

Cindy: As a middle school librarian, I know what to do each fall: Order a half dozen copies of the newest Wimpy Kid book for each of my libraries and start the hold queue. Jeff Kinney needs no promotion at this point, so I haven’t read one of Greg Heffley’s stories since the original Diary […]

WHAT GOES UP: High Octane YA Sci-Fi

WHAT GOES UP: High Octane YA Sci-Fi

Lynn: For 200 carefully selected teens, a hangar in the cornfields of Iowa is where their future will be decided. They’ve made it this far, but now the tests have gotten really tough. Only two young people will be chosen to join NASA’s Interworld Agency, which has decided to add a third team to its […]

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17 Black Hairs: KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE

17 Black Hairs: KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE

Lynn: OMG—those middle school years! So much change and heartache, and the smallest of things can cause such anguish. Individual circumstances may differ, but exquisitely painful emotions are the same. Kristi Wientge brings a welcome new voice to the middle-school experience in her funny debut novel, Karma Khullar’s Mustache (2017). As though starting sixth grade […]

2017 Thurber Prize Winner Announced

2017 Thurber Prize Winner Announced

Last night, at the tail end of one of the least-funny days in recent U.S. history, Trevor Noah’s first book took home the Thurber Prize for American Humor. In her starred Booklist review review for Born a Crime,  Donna Seaman calls the Daily Show host’s voice “fresh and tonic” while landing jokes about growing up mixed-race […]

As You(Tube) Like It: 5 Must-See Literary Web Series
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As You(Tube) Like It: 5 Must-See Literary Web Series

April marked the five-year anniversary of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a vlog version of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. In the years since, other YouTubers copied LBD’s formula, adapting famous novels into bite-sized episodes that went online once or twice a week. In some cases, a bunch of friends with no budget banded together; other projects required a full […]