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Craptastic Book Club

Tween Beat , Tweenamite , and more.  
Big Fat Whale
By  |  November 02, 2011
Ungerer is back

The return of Tomi Ungerer

Last week, the children's book artist Tomi Ungerer returned to America for the first time in over a decade.
Moon man
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 24, 2011

Funny you should say that

I'm pretty confident in saying that humor is probably one of the key things that separates us humans from the rest of the animal kingdom.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 18, 2011
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The man in the yellow fur coat

The cultural critic Mark Dery worked as a clerk for Manhattan's Gotham Book Mart in the early '80s. One afternoon, he was taken by surprise.
As the Boston Athenaeum stages an Edward Gorey retrospective, his biographer reflects on the artist's lasting legacy
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 04, 2011
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Review: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

Middle-school antihero Greg Heffley may depict himself as a comic illustration in Jeff Kinney’s bestselling kids’ books, but director Thor Freudenthal turns him into an outright caricature.
Leave It to Beaver , according to Eddie Haskell
By ALICIA POTTER  |  March 26, 2010
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Review: Where the Wild Things Are

I can’t speak for the kids, but I would rate Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s 40-page children’s picture book up there with Up and Wall•E as topping the recent renaissance in children’s movies. If pressed, I’d rank it cl
Jonze, Eggers, and Sendak aren’t kidding around
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 16, 2009


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Review: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

This bizarre animated adaptation of Judi Barrett's cult-classic children's book by Phil Lord and Chris Miller ladles up much to chew on yet little that's appetizing.
Animated fare will leave kids unsatisfied
By ALICIA POTTER  |  September 18, 2009
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The parent trap

Coraline pushes familiar buttons
Coraline pushes familiar buttons
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 03, 2009
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Anita Silvey

In her near-40-years working in the field of children's literature, Boston-area resident Anita Silvey has been everything from a publisher, to an editor, an author, a lecturer, a reviewer, and even a professor.
Women warriors
By IAN SANDS  |  January 16, 2009
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Congress bans kids from libraries?

Is it possible that Congress has just inadvertently turned millions of children’s books into contraband?
New safety law may prohibit children under 12 from libraries – or make many books illegal
By LISSA HARRIS  |  January 09, 2009
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Belle and Sebastian | The BBC Sessions

Call ’em twee or call ’em bookish (after all, they did take their name from a French children’s book), but don’t call Belle & Sebastian anemic.
Matador (2008)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 18, 2008


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Interview: Art Spiegelman

"When you don't understand a painting, you assume you're stupid. When you don't understand a cartoon, you assume the cartoonist is stupid."
Drawing conclusions
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 13, 2008

Reading is fundamental

Some of the books I enjoyed most this year were written for an audience more than 10 years my junior.
Last-minute items to toss under the tree and more
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 12, 2007

The Art of William Steig by Claudia Nahson, et al.


Yale University Press | 208 pages | $40
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2007
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Every picture tells a story

“Dear Diary: I know I should be asleep already, but I just can’t sleep if I don’t write this all down. I’ll burst!”
Children’s-book illustrators at the New Art Center, Alexander Ross at WAM, and Hélio Oiticica at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 06, 2007
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Bunny girl

A film about one of the world’s bestselling children’s books and the ballsy British woman behind it marks the stirring return of Babe director Chris Noonan. Watch the trailer for Miss Potter (QuickTime)
Renée Zellweger’s Miss Potter doesn’t peter out
By ALICIA POTTER  |  January 03, 2007


Flashbacks: November 17, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 15, 2006
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Not just kids’ stuff

Children’s book illustrators have a pair of challenges.
Celebrating a classic children’s book at the RISD Museum  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 02, 2006
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The incredible shrinking library

When a leaky roof closed the Washington Park branch of the Providence Public Library in January, a small number of children’s books were moved to a nearby former Benny’s store on Broad Street, and the branch’s literacy and after-school services fanned ou
Facing a $900k deficit and angry book lovers, the PPL reconsiders its city-wide approach
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 27, 2006
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Swan's way

Madonna, Lynne Cheney, and Ray Romano have all written children’s books, why not rising British literary star David Mitchell?
David Mitchell’s belated bildungsroman
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 13, 2006
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Nanny McPhee

This sweet confection stars Emma Thompson (who also wrote the screenplay, adapting the Nurse Matilda children’s books) as the magical nanny who descends on a brood of unruly motherless British children and ever-so-gently teaches them to behave.
 
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  January 25, 2006