August 01, 2006


I have so much to do that I'm having trouble figuring out where to start. So, I'll try my usual method: avoidance! Edit Hell continues, but I'm making progress...

A few quick thoughts, and then back to work:

There's not much going on in the world of Children's Lit during the summer slump, but I got a chuckle out of a Publishers Weekly piece on fantasy - that no matter what my agent says, it's not dead, and the appetite for it is growing larger. What hath Rowling (who netted quite a snarking last year on her birthday from Terry Pratchett) wrought? True, the storylines are getting greater scrutiny and the fantasy writer really has to be on their game to get published, but that segment of the market is still wide open.

Meanwhile, the 11th Magic School Bus book has been printed! Who knew that kids and science were a great combinations?! Miss Frizzle has been driving the bus since 1986, which is an amazingly good run for a series, not to mention the great PBS series with Lily Tomlin that has been going on since at least the mid-90's. Drive on, Miss Frizzle!

And finally, since Starbucks won't be satisfied until it reaches world domination, it's putting out children's books.“Starbucks doesn’t market to children, but it does market to families,” says publicity director Christy Salcido. “This was just a nice item to pair with candy.”

It's just too easy.
I'm not even going to touch that.

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