Category Archives: Librarians + Teachers

Age-Banding for Children’s Books

Here’s a link to an article from British newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, regarding the proposal made by most of the large publishers to begin banding children’s books with age-appropriate tags, and what author Philip Pullman has to say about it. … Continue reading

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CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS VS. THE UPTIGHT, CLOSE-MINDED PARENTAL FACTOIDS FROM THE PLANET DENIAL

The other day my 5-year old brought home his book wish list from school. They’re having a book fair (probably a Scholastic thing) with an assortment of fiction and non-fiction, picture books and chapter books. I’ve seen the sort of … Continue reading

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Aardvark Ocelot Pangolin

When I was 9 and 10, my best friend was named Miriam. She looked like a very pretty brown mouse. She had tiny, deft hands, and a soft voice with a French accent, and she moved with very precise movements. … Continue reading

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More on the PoodleRat naming contest….

OK, Murphy’s law being what it is (for those of you that don’t know it- it’s whatever can go wrong will go wrong), my email link on the website is not working at the moment. Please send enter your PoodleRat … Continue reading

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POODLERAT NAME CONTEST

JUST SEND ME AN EMAIL VIA THE CONTACT PAGE TO ENTER. (info@feltusovalton.com) GOOD LUCK AND WEX LETHOO RADOK! -JO //////////////////////////////////////////////////////

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NAME A POODLERAT

AND WIN A HARDCOVER├é┬áCOPY OF THE 2008 CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET BY BRIAN SELZNICK COURTESY OF FELTUS OVALTON!!! *TO GET AN IDEA OF THE TYPE OF NAME POPULAR AMONG THE NOBLE RACE OF POODLERATS IT’S A … Continue reading

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HELL FOR LEATHER

I’m not sure where this expression comes from. I’m assuming it’s got something to do with riding horses really fast without bridle or stirrups maybe, but in any case it’s apt, no? It means no holds barred; giving it all … Continue reading

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VISIT WITH STUDENTS AT LENAPE SCHOOL

Here are some of the great kids who invited me to tea at their school. We had mint gumdrops, iced tea, goldfish crackers and gummy worms, and I answered questions about the book and about writing. They were remarkably clever … Continue reading

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DETAIL, DETAIL AND MORE DETAIL

Its all in the details. This, by the way, is something that J.K.Rowling does extremely well. Her characters, her settings live and breathe (if a setting can be said to breathe) because of all the glorious detail she puts in. … Continue reading

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GOLDFISH IN A BOWL

You know that myth about goldfish? That they can live quite happily for years in a small bowl with perhaps a wisp of artificial seaweed, some colored rocks, or a plastic deep sea diver? Supposedly its because their memories and … Continue reading

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