BEST OF ’09 LISTS CONTINUE

Kirkus released their choices for aught nine’s best this week. Many wonderful titles to add to your wishlist.

NOOK SOLD OUT; BABIES, UNDERSTANDABLY, NONPLUSSED

The Nook, Barnes & Noble’s recent entry into the ebook scrum, is already sold out.

FORMER CINCINNATI BENGALS PUNTER TO AUCTION OFF INCREDIBLE CHILDREN’S LIT COLLECTION

It’s a bad day for fans of stereotypes. Former NFL player Pat McInally is putting his impressive chilren’s lit collection on the block. On a related note, I didn’t know that referring to traditional mail as “old-school” was acceptable journalistic practice.

City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems; Illustrated by Jon J. Muth.

Does it strike you as odd to see a Mo Willems book without his distinctive artwork gracing the pages? Strikes me that way. In a blog post, Mr. Willems describes this Summer ’10 teamup with Jon J. Muth a departure. In this interview with School Library Journal, Mo has this to say:

This summer will see City Dog, Country Frog, a more serious picture book that I wrote with pictures by the great Jon J. Muth. I’m very excited about the collaboration and hope that both of our audiences will be surprised by the book; pleasantly if possible.

Looking forward to it.

(Thanks to BoingBoing for the link)

While I don’t endorse not being a fan of Harry Potter, I do enjoy this literary take on time management by @BorowitzReport. If you’re unfamiliar with Andy Borowitz, he writes a daily satirical news blog called The Borowitz Report. He also hosted the recent National Book Awards.

Speaking of those NBAs, video of the whole event is up on the C-SPAN 2 site. Click below to watch the festivities.