Day: December 20, 2013

Ned Vizzini Dead at Age 32

It's Kind of a Funny Story Be More Chill The Other Normals

I saw rumors swirling this morning about this, but didn’t want to post anything until something looked official.  What a tragedy to lose a tremendous writing talent so very young.  According to the LA Times, Vizzini committed suicide on Thursday in New York City. 

Vizzini was the author of several books, including It’s Kind of a Funny Story which was a fictionalization of his own time spent in a psychiatric ward due to being suicidal.  That book was made into a movie in 2010.  I particularly enjoyed an earlier book of his, Be More Chill and found it to be a great book to booktalk to teens.  I was also a fan of one of his more recent books The Other Normals which I had hoped would have a sequel since I loved the world he built so much and the humor too.

This is a deep loss for YA literature.

Review: Mo’s Mustache by Ben Clanton

mos mustache

Mo’s Mustache by Ben Clanton

Mo just got a brand new mustache in the mail!  But when he shows it to all of his friends, they all get their own mustaches and soon it isn’t special anymore.  So Mo decides to wear a striped scarf instead and leave his mustache off.  Then all of his friends get scarves too.  Mo loses it and shouts at his friends, demanding to know why they are copying him.  Everybody explains to him that he has a great sense of style, so they like to imitate him.  Mo had never thought of it like that.  So he sets up a fashion show where everyone can show off their own sense of style.  And you will never guess what Mo wears to the party!

Clanton’s writing is brisk and brightly funny.  He uses dialogue from the various monsters to tell much of the story and each one has an impressively different voice and tone from the others.  It all makes this book a treat to share aloud.  It is also a book that celebrates being yourself and having your own personal style. 

The art is modern and zany.  Mo himself has a star on the end of his tail, other monsters are furry, still others are tiny with just one eye.  They are all clearly individuals from the start and so it is a treat to see how they all use the new accessory in their own unique way. 

Clever, smart and full of zest, this book will have you picking out your favorite mustache and scarf too.  Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from library copy.

2013 on Twitter

Check out a summation of my 2013 activity on Twitter. Thank you to all of my followers for another great year!

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This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I hope you find interesting:

Fun New Year's Books for Kids - learn about different traditions and resolutions.


15 Children’s Books Re-Envisioned For College Students #kidlit

100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2013 — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production #kidlit

Best science picture books of 2013, including one that explains that babies don’t grow in mommy’s tummy. #kidlit

Bilbo Baggins is a girl: Until children’s books catch up to our daughters, rewrite them. #kidlit

For gifters: kid picture books with snowy themes | Post-Crescent Media #kidlit

HARRY POTTER Apparates Into the West End; J.K. Rowling to Co-Produce Stage Play Based on Magical Book Series! #kidlit

Hooked on books: Author James Patterson wants kids to share his love of reading : Student News #kidlit

How Beatrix Potter self-published Peter Rabbit | Books #kidlit

Jim Smith’s top 10 funny books for kids | Children’s books #kidlit

Joyce Sidman casts spells with poetry | Star Tribune #poetry #kidlit

Live Webcast Scheduled for ALA 2014 Youth Media Awards | School Library Journal #kidlit #yalit #awards #libraries

This Is What Children’s Books Looked Like In The 1800s, And It’s Super Fascinating #kidlit


E-Readers Mark A New Chapter In The Developing World : Parallels : NPR #ebooks

It Seems Weird How Cheap Amazon Kindles Are — Until You See This Crazy Stat – Business Insider #ebooks


Germany’s Unperfekthaus: Is this the Library of the Future? – The Digital Shift #libraries

Libraries and how a study into their use influences facilities management | Human factors in FM #libraries

Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century #libraries

Library, parks and rec merger commences in Clive | The Des Moines Register #libraries

Weekend Giveaway: Literary Quote Art Prints from Obvious State


54 Civil Liberties and Public Interest Organizations Oppose the FISA Improvements Act | EFF #privacy

CBS Airs NSA Propaganda Informercial Masquerading As ‘Hard Hitting’ 60 Minutes Journalism | Techdirt #privacy

Facebook self-censorship: What happens to the posts you don’t publish? #privacy


Here’s Your First Look at the Much-Anticipated Museum of Science Fiction | Underwire


10 Great Books for the Teen in Your Life #yalit

11 Best YA Books of 2013 – Mashable – #yalit

14 Amazing YA Books With Inspirational Heroines #yalit

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens | Bitch Media #yalit

Eleanor Catton’s Advice For Hunger Games Author… #yalit

An Interview with 2014 Morris Award Finalist Carrie Mesrobian | The Hub #yalit

My 25 Favorite Young Adult Book Film Adaptations [Part 1] | Film Equals #yalit

Poster For THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Movie » EarlyWord – #yalit #movies

Seeking Wonderful Young Adult Novels That Deal With Race : Code Switch : NPR #yalit

Why read graphic novels? | Children’s books #yalit

YA Romance in 2013 | Blog | Smart Bitches, Trashy Books – #yalit