Day: November 6, 2015

This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

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



Can We Talk of Solutions? Regarding Diversifying Children’s Literature #diversity #kidlit

‘Castle Hangnail’: Disney, Ellen DeGeneres Team Up to Adapt Kids Fantasy Book (Exclusive) #kidlit

Editorial: We’re Not Rainbow Sprinkles – The Horn Book #diversity #lgbt #kidlit

Emily Jenkins Apologizes for “A Fine Dessert” #kidlit

Eoin Colfer: ‘It’s time I moved on from Artemis Fowl’ #kidlit

J.K. Rowling Is Writing Her First Children’s Book Since ‘Harry Potter’ #kidlit

The Kid’s Book ‘A Fine Dessert’ Has Award Buzz — And Charges of Whitewashing Slavery #kidlit

The Quiet Noisy Book: A Little-Known Vintage Gem by Margaret Wise Brown #kidlit

Reading While White: On Letting Go #kidlit

Top 10 haunted houses in fiction #kidlit

‘Wayside School’ author Louis Sachar talks new books and old #kidlit


Amazon Is About to Start Paying Some Authors Every Time Someone Turns a Page #ebooks

Libraries: We're Netflix for books!:


Amazon’s New Seattle Bookstore Feels Surprisingly Familiar #libraries

How a Landmark Library Is Reinventing Itself—Without Losing Its Purpose #libraries

Saskatoon Public Library waives nearly $1 million in overdue fees #libraries

Some public libraries home to rare and valuable treasures – The Boston Globe #libraries


Best Books 2015 — Goodreads Choice Awards

Problems Only Book Lovers Understand #reading



Darren Shan: the joy of a great cliffhanger #yalit

Rainbow Rowell is the best thing to happen to young adult literature in ages #yalit

A Refreshing Romp of a YA Graphic Novel: Nimona #yalit

Teens spend 9 hours a day using media, report says

Review: Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman

Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman

Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Chris Sheban

When an old farm dog walks up to a farm looking for work, the farmer refuses. He sees dogs as a waste of food since they don’t give anything back like chickens or cows do. The dog then offers to be a cow instead of a dog. He gets all of the cows into the barn and lined up ready for milking before the farmer gets there, but the farmer isn’t interested in this dog-cow. The next thing the dog tries is to be a horse. He couldn’t fit in the harness for the plow, but he could run ahead of the horse with treats to get the horse to plow faster. Still, the farmer was not interested in hiring the dog. The dog next tries to be a chicken and tidies up the chicken coop before settling down in a nest of hay himself. It’s there that he finally proves the value of a dog on a farm to the reluctant farmer.

Bateman nicely incorporates a rhythm and repetition into her story. The pattern of the conversation between the dog and the farmer carries through the entire book, creating a framework that functions very nicely. On each job, the dog manages to be useful in his own way, something that is a nice surprise in the book rather than him trying to give milk or eggs himself. One immediately roots for the success of this hard-working dog.

Sheban’s illustrations are done in watercolor, graphite, and colored pencil. The result is a picture book that glows with sunlight. There is a wonderful softness to the illustrations, gauzy light that plays across the farm and the characters.

A shining picture book about resilience and being yourself. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from copy received from Holiday House.