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Archive for October, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30th, 2008 Posted in Family | No Comments »


Every family has its own holiday traditions. When I was growing up on Long Island, we helped my father build a scarecrow every Halloween. It wasn't anything elaborate, just two lengths of wood hammered together crosswise, but as kids we ...

Housekeeping

Thursday, October 30th, 2008 Posted in Family | 3 Comments »


Nooooo, wise guys, I didn't decide to be some forlorn 70's kid for Halloween. That's my actual life we're looking at. Don't I look thrilled? I lived with that lamp, that wallpaper, those wide lapels in Wantagh, Long Island. Analyzing the ...

The Reading Zone Reviews Six Innings

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 Posted in Around the Web, Six Innings | No Comments »


I've been building and organizing my links lately -- there's so much great stuff out there, and I want my blog to "only connect" -- so I clicked on The Reading Zone to see what's what. And lo! There's a ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #18

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 Posted in Along Came Spider, Fan Mail | No Comments »


Sometimes I receive amazing letters from classroom teachers. And boy, I love amazing letters from teachers! Mr. Preller, Thanks so much for writing Along Came Spider. I've just finished it as a read aloud with my 4th and 5th graders. I selected ...

Worst Book Cover Ever?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 Posted in Readings | 2 Comments »


Looking for links to supplement tomorrow's blog entry, I did a quick search of "bad book covers" and happened across Cooking With Pooh. Um, gee, no thanks. I'm not really hungry.

A.Word.A.Day

Monday, October 27th, 2008 Posted in Around the Web | 1 Comment »


I recently subscribed to a cool little site that, having now experienced it, I can recommend with confidence. You may have already noticed the site on the "Book Reviews & Resources" sidebar -- Wordsmith.Org: the magic of words. On the home ...

Bernard Waber: An Appreciation

Monday, October 27th, 2008 Posted in Greatest Hits, Interviews & Appreciations | 5 Comments »


"When I am writing, I think of myself as a writer. But when I am illustrating, I think of myself as an illustrator. I think, though, that I try to create situations with my writing that will be fun to ...

For Writers Only (Okay, Relax, Illustrators, Too)

Sunday, October 26th, 2008 Posted in Fun Clips, the writing process | No Comments »


[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxschLOAr-s] Thanks to Richard Spaulding, an old friend, who passed this along. The man behind this video, Dennis Cass, has a pretty cool blogsite, Dennis Cass Wants You To Be More Awesome. He really does!

Do You Need a Dinette Set?

Friday, October 24th, 2008 Posted in Fun Clips, Greatest Hits | 4 Comments »


As a service to my readers who might be shopping for dinette sets, I submit this: [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ3oHpup-pk] Yes, that's a real commercial. Have a great weekend.

New York Public Library Top 100 — Part Two!

Friday, October 24th, 2008 Posted in Along Came Spider | 3 Comments »


Well, this is crazy. I just got a call from Shannon Penney, the Scholastic editor for Along Came Spider, who informed me that Spider, too, was named by The New York Public Library in its 2008 list of “100 ...