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Archive for March, 2012

Sat, March 31st, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Hunger Games
Posted by: David Pitt

The Hunger Games, in cinemas now, is based—you probably know this, but just in case—on the 2008 novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The story’s about a teenaged girl, Katniss Everdeen, who competes in a to-the-death contest against other teens in a widely popular reality show. It’s an intriguing story with a premise […]


Fri, March 30th, 2012
Not Asked: Does Anne Tyler Wear Ann Taylor?
Posted by: Keir Graff

A week before the publication of Anne Tyler’s twentieth novel, The Beginner’s Goodbye, NPR’s Morning Edition has aired an interview with the famously publicity-shy author (“The Art of the Everyday: The Alchemy of Anne Tyler,” by Lynn Neary). “Famously publicity-shy” sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but I think it works. “When I finish a book, I send the […]


Thu, March 29th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Out in April, Mo Willems’ latest Duckling Gets a Cookie!? apparently ruffled some international pigeon feathers. Click the image below to watch the official newsreel on EW.com. Content not rated. Cookies harmed. “Poop” mentioned. It has certainly been a pigeon-y week here at Likely Stories.


Wed, March 28th, 2012
Back to Nature
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

In a recent post  on the New York Times blog, Motherlode, KJ Dell’Antonia referenced a study led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s J. Allen Williams Jr. that found a sharp decline in illustrations of the natural world in the pages of Caldecott Medal-winners. It’s a interesting question: do today’s picture books focus less on wilderness […]


Tue, March 27th, 2012
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation has announced the winner of this year’s PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. The prize-winning writer will be in heady company—past winners include Philip Roth, John Updike, E. Annie Proulx and Don DeLillo. Here’s the winner, followed by the finalists, with links to Booklist reviews. The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka Finalists […]


Mon, March 26th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Libba Bray
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Libba Bray dashed off some NYT bestselling books called the Gemma Doyle trilogy–well, don’t that beat all?  She also won the Michael L. Printz Award for a book called Going Bovine–sooooo impressive, right? Mostly she goes around writing fancy things and expecting people to read them. But let’s see how fancily she writes after I’m […]


Mon, March 26th, 2012
Some of the Hunger Is Missing from “The Hunger Games”
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Warning: Here be spoilers of book and film. Turn back lest ye be spoiled. Seriously. I mean it. I saw the Hunger Games. I didn’t see it twice in the same weekend like I did with Star Trek, because, alas, I’m not quite the nerd I used to be. However, I did take a road […]


Fri, March 23rd, 2012
Don’t Let the Pigeon Use All the LEGOs
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Andertoons, Mark Anderson shows you how you can build Mo Willems’ famous pigeon out of LEGOs. If you have all the bricks you need on hand, however, you’re either a master builder or a licensed dealer. Writes Mark: It took three different orders (one from a seller in France) and about two weeks, but […]


Thu, March 22nd, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: 172 Hours on the Moon
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Final prize on Double Dare, or book trailer? If you deduced that the Nickelodeon game show has been off the air for almost 20 years, ergo book trailer this must be, you would not get slimed. Look for Dan Kraus’ review of the forthcoming 172 Hours on the Moon, for YAs and anyone else who […]


Wed, March 21st, 2012
Awards Roundup: Books for Youth
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

March has brought a lot of things this year: basketball, 80 degree temperatures, a green river (if you live in Chicago, that is), and lots of awards for youth literature! The Ezra Jack Keats Award winners—chosen for their ability to impart “the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family and the multicultural nature […]





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