Brrrr: A Book of Winter. Il Sung Na's A Book of Sleep is a bedtime favorite around our house, so I was excited to see cover art for a chilly follow-up, Brrrr: A Book of Winter:
Check out the NYT review here of A Book of Sleep. ("It is difficult to praise 'A Book of Sleep,' by Il Sung Na, without sounding as if I'm knocking it: 'the literary equivalent of Tylenol PM' is an unlikely blurb for the paperback, but it is apt, so thoroughly does the book inhabit its sleepy world.") (via Children's Illustration)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide. In case you missed it (I did), make sure you check out Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide if you're a fan of the series. School Library Journal has the latest on the upcoming Percy Jackson movie (premiering Feb. 12) and all the associated book tie-ins.
Frank Cotrell Boyce interview. Publishers Weekly has a great interview with the author of Millions and Cosmic. My favorite anecdote was a crazy bit about the process around Millions, which Boyce wrote first as a screenplay: "[I]t took a long time to get the money together for the film because there was a child as the main character. So while we were waiting, Danny [Boyle, the director] said, 'Why don't you go ahead and write it as a book, too?' It was a very easy book to write so I thought, stupidly, writing books was easy.... It's even odder than you think. I got a proof copy of the book on the day we finished filming and I gave it to Danny. He read it immediately and I had added things to the book that were not in the screenplay and he liked those things so we wound up reshooting parts of the film to put those things in. The most convoluted process possible, really."
All the World review. Tea Cozy has a fine review of Caldecott Honor Book All the World. I'm always leery of "message books" (as Tea Cozy aptly describes them), but this does look like one of the good ones. Check out the book's trailer to see more.
On kid-lit and janitors. You can always count on Collecting Children's Books for chin-scratching--and often surprising--musings, and this last week was no exception. Read about the secret powers of custodial staff, and find out which kid-lit writers (like this one) honed their authorial skills at the end of a broom.
Carnival and awards and comics. I would be remiss if I didn't note this month's Carnival of Children's Literature (a collection of bloggy goodness), the ALSC's comprehensive 2010 Notable Children's Books list, and (for good measure) this week's all ages comics and manga list from Good Comics for Kids.