The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming

When we read this one, Euan couldn't stop laughing.

You can get a slightly larger version at the Lookybook site here.



Congratulations to St├ęphane Jorisch winner of the Governor General's Award for Illustration for his beautiful take on the Edward Lear classic, The Owl and the Pussycat (KidsCan Press). You can have a looky at the lookybook here.

KidsCan came up trumps this year as they also picked up the prize for Children's text with this year's award going to John Ibbitson for The Landing, which I've yet to read but it sounds promising. I'd also like to read his earlier title 1812: Jeremy's War.


Cybils Nominations

The 2008 Cybills Nominations (the children's and young adult bloggers' literary awards) have been posted. If you follow the link above you can see the lists. You might also want to note the appeal on the site from Anne Levy, Editor:

The links below will take you to the full list of nominations in each genre. If you don't see a book you suggested, it's likely on another list. We did a little horse-swapping behind the scenes as some books didn't quite fit the category where they'd been nominated.

Please consider using these lists for your holiday shopping. Is it too early to make an appeal? We could use the tiny commission we get off Amazon and other booksellers to buy a nice award for our 2008 winners.

Black Knight

You can buy this charming little fellow on a site called ThinkGeek which I popped in to visit because they are giving away a chainlink t-shirt in a contest. In case, you don't recognize this Pythonesque toy, perhaps this will help ....

This is hugely entertaining to me as I was being regaled by Black Knight imitations on the chilly walk to school this morning.

Looking around the ThinkGeek site I'm thinking it could be one-stop shopping for the coming season.


Trailer Envy

Look at this gorgeous Italian book trailer for Neil Gaiman's Coraline....

Produced by Bonsaininja Studio of Milan. Whoever you are, I love you. Can you make a book trailer for me, pretty please?

Found this by accident when I was looking at a youtube link my brother sent for Tim Burton's first stop motion animation short, Vincent.

Oh look, a little boy in a striped shirt to add to my collection.