Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – The Movie

The first trailer for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has been released.  Based on a book by Jesse Andrews, the film won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Review: You Can Do It, Bert! by Ole Konnecke

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You Can Do It, Bert! by Ole Konnecke (InfoSoup)

Bert is ready, he knows just what to do.  He approaches the end of the branch, and… decides he needs a running start. Here he comes! Wait, he’s got a banana for a snack. He looks over the edge again and after a little yelling from the narrator in encouragement, he dashes right off the end of the branch! He’s worried on the way down, down, down until he hits the water. The other birds are right there saying they always knew he could do it and together they head up to jump off again.

This wonderful twist on a first flight book will take children by surprise. The book captures the dread and then the wonder of taking a plunge in life, literally. Children who are trying new things will find encouragement in this little orange bird who has enough personality for multiple books. Throughout the text is spare and told in the voice of an observing narrator, who uses all sorts of tones to encourage the little bird on his way. This makes for a great read aloud.

The art too is simple and bright. Most of it is Bert alone on the one branch, with plenty of white space around him. Readers will envision right from the beginning Bert launching into that blankness and flying off. It is the space around the illustrations that help with the subtle deception and assumptions. It’s cleverly designed and will work well with groups of children thanks to its large format and clarity.

Great read aloud and a great addition to story times and units on taking risks. It will also make a great one to mix into books on flying! Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from library copy.

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

Vera Nazarian


Everywhere dragons – The Horn Book #kidlit

Five questions for Nikki Grimes – The Horn Book #kidlit #poetry

If you could change any rule . . . — @fuseeight gets them all exactly right – #kidlit

Inside The Mind Of The World’s Naughtiest Children’s Book Illustrator #kidlit

Q & A with Rita Williams-Garcia #kidlit


Free Video: Libraries in the Internet Age #libraries

A look back: Creating The Yahara Music Library at Madison Public Library | Library as Incubator Project #libraries

Cornelia Funke, Inkheart.


Q&A: Atlantan Becky Albertalli on portraying travails of gay teen in “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” #yalit #lgbt

Stacked: Get Genrefied: YA Westerns #yalit