...we've been talking about book covers lately, and Margo Rabb talks briefly about her great one in her interview at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy. I MUST get a cool cover like hers. I want someone to tell me how to do it... do I wrestle my editor into submission, or beg?
I read in the L.A. paper that there's kind of a theme going on right now with apocalyptic novels. Thanks to the whole war-without-end thing, and September 2001, novels are turning pretty dark. I find it interesting that this has long since been reflected in children's literature... we've had that dark world-ending thing going on for quite awhile now. Could it be that adults assume that YA lit would accept that "reality" more readily? Hm.
Read Roger had a recent post on what he called "lunch books," that is, books only interesting whilst one is eating. It's true -- some books aren't worth reading if you're not otherwise multitasking! I was mostly interested (because my novel is food-esque) in the Simmons Summer Institute in Children's Literature July 26-29th this year entitled Food, Glorious Food. It will be discussing the role of food in children's lit - literally and metaphorically. If I ever wanted to brave Boston in the summertime, that could be fun.
Mitali suggests using children's books as helps in learning a new language. One presenter at the Reading the World IX conference suggested that another use for chidren's books is to help older people come to understand other cultures. Aging people are often put into the situation of having to live with people with whom they would never have otherwise encountered. People working in Residential Care centers are finding that older people feel less threatened by other cultures when learning about them via children's books. Kind of an ingenious idea, really.
Though I am completely late on this, DO read the Cybils interview with Gene Yang. The book is awesome. I love it, love it, and would give it generously to every graphic novel liking kid I met - and even those who don't yet know enough about graphic novels to like them. I was impressed that Mr. Yang was a.) a teacher b.) a Bay Area guy, and c.)drew so creatively. The variously interwoven storylines were just -- delightful. I know I'm babbling, but I really liked the book, and I have never really been able to appreciate graphic novels -- mostly because I was cursed to receive graphic versions of the New Testament when I was a child from some well-meaning adult... the experience sort of soured me on graphic novels in general. However -- good drawing and an intriguing storyline make a huge difference!
Also - again very late - we are all cordially invited to the Cybils post mortem as our noble leaders decide how it's all going to go next time. Speak up!
Via Bookshelves O' Doom, it's death by chocolate -- literally!! Honestly, if you give me this much chocolate, you can shriek Exterminate! Exterminate! and I will really not much care. Where were these people at my last birthday party!?