Jellicoe Road: Review Haiku

A searing look at
loss that's sometimes in love with
its own misery.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Harper, 2008, 419 pages.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw: Review Haiku

Worth it for pages
twenty through twenty-two alone.
Amoral romp.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney. Amulet, 2009, 224 pages.


Street Gang: Review Haiku

Not for the casual
fan, this retrospective
covers the whole block.

Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis. Viking, 2009, 379 pages.


Amelia Rules: Review Haiku

She had me at "Amish
Funeral Parlor." (That,
and the gym teachers.)

Amelia Rules, Volume I: The Whole World's Crazy by Jimmy Gownley. Renaissance Press, 2006, 174 pages.


And the winners are . . .

I'm delighted to spread the word about this year's Cybils winners. Thanks to all my peeps in the nonfiction picture book category: the nominating panel for finding such a great selection of books, my fellow judging panelists for heady and insightful discussions, and category queen Fiona Bayrock for keeping us all in line.

Ribbit ribbit.

See the whole slate at http://www.cybils.com/.

P. S. It's my 500th post!


The Graveyard Book: Review Haiku

Ooh, it IS good, isn't
it. Creepy and tender,
all at once. Good choice.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Harper, 2008, 312 pages.

P.S. Roger, ours is shelved in YA.


The Chris Farley Show: Review Haiku

Remember? When you
were on SNL? That was
awesome. Tragic clown.

The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts by Tom Farley, Jr., and Tanner Colby. Viking, 2008, 348 pages.


Snort-worthy video

BOOK BY BOOK: the making of a monkey man from Jarrett Krosoczka on Vimeo.

OMG. It's long (17 minutes) but definitely worth a chunk of your lunch hour.


Geek Chic: The Zoey Zone: Review Haiku

I heart Margie P.,
but this gave me vertigo.
Too. Many! FONTS! Gaak.

Geek Chic: The Zoey Zone by Margie Palatini. Harper/Tegen, 2008, 186 pages.


Little Heathens: Review Haiku

Small-town nostalgia,
good home remedies, and
Grandma saying "$hit." Score.


Redwall: The Graphic Novel: Review Haiku

Classic hero's quest
retold in mousy graphic
form. I loved the sparrows.

Redwall: The Graphic Novel by Brian Jacques; adapted by Stuart Moore, illustrated by Bret Blevins. Philomel, 2007, 143 pages.