"Today the greatest challenge in publishing is distribution and discoverability. As a result, sites like [PictureBooksReview] are more important than ever to discerning readers, new authors and independent publishers."
-Steve Floyd, chief executive officer of August House books

"The interview is so amazing! I appreciate you picking up on all these aspects of what I've been doing. It's always great to talk with someone who understands what goes into these things."

- Jose Lucio, self-published author of Heave Ho!
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10.21.2011

The Tailypo (2010)

Here is a short film done by a fellow named J. Hasani W. I really love everything about it - the music, the feeling of dread, the slow reveal. Perfect.

However, there is no speaking in the film. As someone else pointed out, what it's really lacking is the phrase, "I want my tailypo. I want my tailypo." Without that, it almost doesn't seem like the same story. Like Jack and the Beanstalk minus the "Fee Fi Fo Fum."

Regardless, check it out!


9.29.2011

Scariest Book Ever Contest: Win a Free Book!

Well, this is a first. I have been afforded the opportunity from a publisher to host a contest on my blog, the winner of which will be sent a free book! The book is The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman. She writes very nice books which are designed to make children feel loved and safe.
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I thought for a long time about what kind of contest I could have. Many inappropriate things came to mind. I asked my 5-year old son, Arlo, if he had any ideas. He was very earnest in his answers. "Whoever is the best reader gets the book!" he declared.

"Yeah, yeah," said I. "Listen, how about this? Whoever sends in the most amount of money wins the book?"
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He looked at me very judgmentally. "Dad, people need money in order to buy things! If they send us their money, then they won't have any!"

We are just a couple of days away from October - my favorite month - and I have some great things planned for the blog. I want to post reviews of a lot of scary, Halloween-themed picture books, but I was having trouble finding any at the library that were truly scary. Most of them are quite cartoon-y. Though I did get a couple of good, creepy ones. Then the idea for the contest came to me:

Tell me about a children's picture book which scared the bejeezus out of you.

It can be a picture book that scared you when you were a kid and read it for the first time. It can be a picture book which you read as an adult and freaked you out. It can be something that was intentionally creepy or un-intentionally creepy. It does not necessarily need to be Halloween-themed.

Please leave your answers in the comments section below!

If you dare!!!!!!!!!!!

The best answer will receive a copy of this sweet, loving book, The Crown on Your Head, which you can read at night and will make all the monsters leave you alone.

9.27.2011

On Being a Cybils Judge. (Also, I just realized my blog is one big misnomer)

Based on the merit of this blog - one supposes - I was recently chosen to serve as a judge for the 2011 Cybils Award. What, you doubt me? Read the announcement.

Cybils is a sort-of acronym for Children's and Young adult Bloggers' (I?) Literary awardS. Looks like they've been around since at least 2006. I'm not certain what the exact procedure is for judging, but it should be fun! And I think I might get some free books out of the deal, to boot.

One thing that occurred to me, though, as I contemplate being a judge, is that even though the word "review" is in the title of this blog, I don't actually review picture books. I just talk about them. For example, you'll never see me giving advice as to whether or not a particular book is appropriate for your three year-old, or what books I would recommend for a six year-old girl obsessed with princesses and ice hockey. Far, far, far be it from me to ever weigh-in on how frightenin' or highfalutin' a text is.

The story is the story.

That's what I'm interested in: stories. I like to read them, I like to think about them, and I like this idea of indexing them according to various types. I like having Chinese folktales together, and I like doing a series on Zen Buddhism. If, when reading what I've written, you decide a book sounds just right for your five year old, then terrific. I hope you buy it from your local, independent bookstore, and I hope your five year likes it.

My main hope, though, would be if this blog just got you thinking a little more about stories and storytelling, not just as colorful entertainment, but as something deeper and more meaningful. There are stories in here which represent Truth for a culture not your own. Some are stories you've heard before, but forgotten. As I keep doing this, and as the index grows, I hope this becomes more apparent.

So, it will be a different hat for me to actually judge a book on its merits, rather than just thinking about it as a story, but it should be interesting! I'm a big fan of picture books - obviously - so anything to get them in the limelight and in people's hands, so much the better! I'll keep you informed of the progress!

8.24.2011

A Book Which Actually Exists

I found this last night as I was poking around online. The title is, "Have a Carrot: Oedipal Theory and Symbolism in Margaret Wise Brown's Runaway Bunny Trilogy," by Claudia H. Pearson. The trailer is below, under the title, "Sex in Children's Books?"

Unfortunately, it is only available via various portable e-devices which I am not in possession of, so I can only guess as to its content. I tried to find some sort of contact information for the author, maybe a website, but nothing came up.

Hey, Claudia, if you're doing a Google search on yourself and you find this, drop me a line! I'd love to interview you for the blog!
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