Saturday, March 31, 2007

Getting Graphic for Elementary School

In case you haven't heard, graphic novels are somewhat popular.

This past weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the top grossing movie at the box office. 300, another movie based on a "comic book" has held that spot for some previous weeks. My recent sojourn at the local high school saw a steady and heavy circulation of graphic novels. A few years ago when I started adding them to my elementary library, the selection was more limited but publishers are finally understanding the demand and bringing elementary school friendly talent to the market.

Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm - Sublime, divine! Brilliant writing, visual humor and it is PINK! If you do not have this series in your collection add it now. The books are available in library bindings. This series has achieved "classic" status and is a "gotta have it."

Babymouse website


Mail Order Ninja by Joshua Elder, vol. 1-2, 2006
This elementary-friendly series has humor and the manga look which kids love.

Timothy James McAllister is the victim of school bullies. Felicity Dominique Huffington, the Versacci/Armaani clad rich girl at L. Frank Baum Elementary rules the social order until Timothy wins "exclusive exploitation rights" to legendary ninja Yoshida Jiro for one year. Now protected from school thugs and popular because of his ninja body guard, Timothy wins the election for student body president. Volume 1 ends with Felicity vowing revenge and acquiring the services of a ninja of her own, Jiro's deadly enemy, Hakuryuu Nobunaga.

In volume 2, Felicity takes over the school and the town when Nobunaga defeats and captures Jiro. Promoting herself to Queen, Felicity is a typical evil overlord who controls the adults through Mind Controlling Nutrient Paste breakfast cereal. Unlike the previous book, where Timmy's success is totally due to his ninja protector, this time the kids and citizens of Cherry Creek have to save themselves.

The storyline and Erich Owen's artwork should make this a hit with kids. The story is well drawn and Owen's design showcases the action. Jiro and Nobunaga's back story is revealed through flashbacks and a "newpaper article" included at the end of Book 1. I think graphic novels support readers who do not see the "movie" in their imagination as they read. These books do that wonderfully.

Elder's sense of humor will resonate with all ages. I like his use of music and alternative lyrics: "Everybody loves Ninja Fighting" (to the tune "Kung Fu Fighting") and Jiro's turn as John Travolta in "Ninja Guy" (to the tune of Stayin' Alive) at the school dance.

There are literary devices aplenty, (in case your library must justify a graphic novel collection.) Onomatopoeia clangs, whams, ka-chings and booms. Literary and visual allusions abound. Street signs at one intersection read "Orwell" and "Huxley" while banners with Queen Felicity's picture proclaim "Big Sister is Watching You!"

Mail Order Ninja website

Also reviewed at Big A little a


The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton series by Brian Anderson
The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Red Giant, 2006
The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Warlords of Nibblecheese, 2006

Hand Zack Proton to your Captain Underpants kids, please, your readers need to find these books!

In book 1, Zack Proton finds himself adrift in space when he opens the wrong door while looking for the restroom. Omega Chimp rescues him and they go on to battle the red giant, Big Large. Book 2 begins when the pair respond to a Class two-B distress signal which means a school bus of second graders is in danger. They rescue a group of captured teachers, defeat some warlording mice and get a parking ticket for leaving their spaceship in a no-floating zone.

Anderson's writing is fast paced and full of humor. Effie(FE-203), the malfunctioning droid sings "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer true" and Zack remembers an incident at the Klaatu Memorial Test Facility. Mouse warriors are led by General Algernon who bears a striking resemblance to The Brain and threatens to "cut off their tails with a carving knife"

I really like Doug Holgate's book design as it moves the reader between traditional text and comic book format. The story is also interspersed with helpful tips for young space heroes, a quiz "Is that really your teacher? Don't Be Too Sure" and a maze, shades of Highlights magazine. Along with the allusions and onomatopoeia, there are alliterations and metaphors ("You are space toast!")

This is entirely light hearted and entertaining reading. To become better readers, kids need to practice reading and Zack Proton will keep the text flowing under their eyes.

Commander Zack Proton website


City of Light, City of Dark by, Avi, illustrated by Brian Floca 1993

I read this book several years ago but was unable to purchase it for my collection because it was out of print. I see Scholastic has now reprinted the title.

Avi and Floca were ahead of their time when they created this story as a graphic novel in 1993. Carlos and Sarah and a magic subway token have until winter solistice to save NY City from a deep freeze. Much of the dialog is English and Spanish.

I have some more elementary titles to review but I think I will post these quickly in case I have another "blogger" moment.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Freaking idiot!

Audio here if you are using Firefox.

What I had to say about some graphic novels I have been meaning to review probably wasn't that earth shaking but I was putting in some links and for some reason, when I saved it as a draft to edit and polish later, part of the entry dropped off.

Well, that is ok because I copy the Edit Html tab as I go along...oh dear, I had not saved it in a while. Arrggghhh.

Well, that is ok because it is always better the second time I write it.

Good grief, what is making blogger do this? It is gone again. but that is ok because I copy the Edit Html tab as I go...

Oh, not again.

The world will just have to wait.

Thursday, March 29, 2007


RRRiordan is blogging from London. He met Amanda Craig of the Times and will be interviewed for BBC by Jacqueline Wilson! Living the Dream! (He will not get to Oxford this time, Michele.)

Meg Cabot is blogging from Paris (and other points) and got to meet Neil Gaiman in Leipzig. Paris is really so beautiful around Easter time. Actually, when is Paris NOT beautiful? Check out the chocolate Easter egg.

Neil Gaiman has been shadowing Meg Cabot and is a "a really cool dad" because MC gave him a stack of her books autographed to his daughter, Mandy.

Robin Brande is back from an author tour and visiting with her readers all across the country. Librarian, Susan Geye at North Crowley High School in Ft. Worth, Texas presented her with the most amazing gift. Read her post to find out what it was. What a terrific idea for visiting authors. Texas librarians are awesome!

Maureen Johnson has returned from London and has an entirely entertaining account, "BRIEF ENCOUTERS WITH FAMOUS PEOPLE." Monday, March 19, 2007, of her flight home with Sigourney Weaver.

Lisa Yee is in Michigan for a school visit and got to meet Jim (Happy Bunny) Benton at a book signing. Earlier in March, she also got to meet Carol Burnett and John Lithgow signed her napkin.

Linda Sue Park has been traveling to Hong Kong and Taiwan and is posting photos.

Grace Lin is back from Hong Kong and brought home a beautifully tailored blue dress.

And finally,

Hopefully, John Green is home from the hospital.

Get well, John.

Robert's Snow 2007

Grace Lin announces over at Blue Rose Girls that there will be a Robert's Snow for Cancer's Cure again in 2007.

I have bid in the previous auctions and feel pleased that I helped run the price up on some lovely snowflakes even though I did not win one. Since the proceeds benefit cancer research that seems like a worthy achievement in its own right.

I really did have my heart set on one in 2005 but lost out at the last moment. The funny thing was, when I saw the ebay name of the winning bidder, I knew who it was. The odds of recognizing a nickname are seemingly remote but I was quite certain about this one. Well, if I had to lose, it was to someone I knew would appreciate it.

Hoping Robert's Snow is another great success this year!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Harry Potter 7 Cover

The entling has been keeping the computer busy, working on a large number of school projects recently.
I did not see the reveal of Mary GrandPré's cover for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows until this a.m.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Office

Apropos of nothing kidlitosphere related...
Where we are...

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Anniversary: Downfall of Sauron

The Downfall of Sauron, March 25th

The Tolkien Society had many reasons for choosing this anniversary to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day, but I like this one best:

It is a date of renewal: the change from the Third Age to the Fourth, the change from fear and oppression to new hope. Re-reading Tolkien (or, for many, reading him for the first time) will be an act of renewal and refreshening their appreciation of his works.

Sounds like Spring!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Bored, Nothing to Do?

Harry Potter Train Vandalized

Vandals apparently topple Pompeii column

Author: Rick Riordan

I had the most wonderful day yesterday. I got to hear Rockstar Rick Riordan give a presentation to a group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

His talk is very polished and he roped in the kids immediately. He includes tons of humor including the funniest-word-in the-English-language-to-an-elementary-student (the 'u' word) and told some stories about his other school visits.

He described the origins of Percy Jackson's story and showed covers of his books from other countries. He shared information in an easy give and take manner that kept the kids totally engaged.

His presentation skills are excellent. Authors who make school visits or do book signings have to learn how to handle groups and must become polished at answering inevitable questions such as, "How long does it take to write a book?" etc. To the credit of his fans there yesterday, he did NOT have to handle "Where do you get your ideas?" (my pet peeve.)

Riordan knows 1) to repeat the children's questions so everyone can hear them, 2) how to handle the inevitable kid buzz/noise after a joke or provocative comment 3) to move around the audience 4) to remind kids to put their hands down after a question he has posed has been answered.

[FYI: Elementary kids will raise their hands to answer questions and then forget to put their hands down. You can end up with a virtual forest of distracting arms hanging in the air if you do not remind kids to lower their hands to be ready for the next question.]

The highlight of the presentation was hearing RRR read a passage from The Titan's Curse. The students were leaning forward into the story (along with the teachers) as he re-enacted a chapter. Riordan throws himself into his reading (you can see why he is a good storyteller) and ducks and lunges and weaves and shoots virtual arrows as the action unfolds.

When he closed the book, there was a huge chorus of moans.

Signs the author visit has been a success:

1. The kids mob the author at the conclusion of the talk, despite their teacher's pleas to line up and return to class.

2. The campus security guard comes up to tell the author how much he enjoyed the presentation and that he had never seen the kids so attentive.

3. Within ten minutes of returning to class, over ten kids hit the library looking for the book to check out (the clever librarian at this school had thirty copies of the paperback available for checkout.)

4. There are more books to be signed than you have ever seen in your life for a visiting author

5. Many of the books awaiting the author's signature were obviously brought in from home and looked like they had been read multiple times with creased spins, blunted corners, and battered edges, the signs of true love.

My librarian friends politely invited me to crash their lunch with RRR between gigs and I shamelessly accepted.

After lunch I floated a few doors down and wandered my local quilt store.

It was a perfect day.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Runaround by Helen Hemphill, 2007

Miss Dallas takes care of 11-year-old Sassy and her beautiful older sister Lula. She runs their household and is a sort of mother figure as their own mother died of cancer soon after Sassy was born, or so the family story goes.

Sassy reads Love Confessions magazine. Her father is reserved and never talks about their mother so she questions Miss Dallas about romance and her parents' relationship. Miss Dallas tells Sassy, "You're in love with love," and indeed, that is the heart of this jewel of a story.

Snips of advice and passages from Sassy's magazines begin many of the chapters. When Sassy encounters handsome Boon Chisholm at the grocery store she develops a head over heels crush on him even though he is much older than her and is from the wrong side of the social tracks.

There are some wonderfully funny and painful moments as Sassy and Lula learn about guys and life. You do not want to get into a haircut fight with these sisters.

Hemphill evokes the time, 1964, and place, Falls of Rough, Kentucky, beautifully. Cherry Cokes-to-go are served in paper cups, screen doors slam and Elvis sings on the record player. The details are part of the story and never forced. The cover art is an old Benday dot style, romance comic illustration.

Sassy and Lula, their father, Miss Dallas and even Boon are characters the reader cares about. In their own way all the players in this story are sorting out their lives and hoping for relationships that give meaning to life. (It is nice to see a story with a loving father too.)

I think middle schoolers will find much that resonates in this sweet sweet story.

Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria

Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria by Kyra E. Hicks, illustrated by Lee Edward Födi, 2007

The huge International Quilt Festival held each year in Houston, Texas is the Olympic Games and Super Bowl of quilting. The works on display there approach the realm of the gods. Fine arts majors and fiber artists create works of such rarity and splendor; I can only bow to their mastery and talent. It is a feast.

I attended the West Houston Quilt Guild's show on yonder weekend. It was a wonderful display of talent, color and love. These were the kind of quilts I might achieve myself. There was a quilt that was created as a fundraiser for a local high school band. I recognized the uniforms and enjoyed the music motif fabrics. I might do something like that for our high school choir. What a good idea!

Another quilt incorporated blocks I am making myself. I admired and pondered the setting and the framing borders. Should I do that? Do I like the way the blocks were set? I might try putting them on point. That would be an interesting variation.

This all put me in mind of the true story of Martha Ann who was born into slavery in 1817 and whose freedom was purchased by her father when she was twelve years old. He moved the family to Liberia in 1830 to begin a new and free life. Martha Ann watched the British Navy protect the Liberian coastline from slavers. Her personal gratitude to the British extended to Queen Victoria and it became her lifelong dream to thank the queen in person. The idea of presenting a gift to the queen grew in her mind and she began work on a coffee tree design quilt.

Finally at the age of seventy six, she traveled to England, met Queen Victoria and presented her with the quilt. Her dream was realized.

This story rings so true to me as a quilter. There is no more personal or love filled gift than a quilt. I have blocks, fabric and ideas for quilts in progress and quilts yet to come that already have the name of a dear one attached to them. I can absolutely understand Martha Ann's gift.

Quilter and author Kyra E. Hicks blogs at Black Threads

More reviews at:
A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy
with additional links about the story

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Thank goodness Michael Auberry has been found.
An alert reader sent me this clip from the article:

Sounds like Michael is a Hatchet (by Gary Paulsen) fan.

One of Michael's favorite books a few years ago was about a boy whose plane crashes in the wilderness, and how that boy survives on his own, his father said.

"I think he's got some of that book in his mind," Auberry said. "In my fantasy, when they find him, he'll be making beef jerky somewhere or something like that. He's got a lot of resources to draw from."

A Hobbit House

OK, I want this house. Going out to measure the back yard now.

Author: Charlie Higson

Here is a terrific interview/article by about Young Bond author, Charlie Higson in The Times Online. Higson thinks it is "fantastic" to be part of the Bond family.
Macintyre's article is so entertaining, be sure to read the whole thing.

Higson’s formula is straightforward, but then boys of 10 are not, on the whole, particularly complex organisms: “Deliberately keep the language simple. Stripped-down and hard-boiled. Not 12 pages of internal monologue.” Boys aren’t big on internal monologue. Unless it also involves exploding noises. “We didn’t want to encourage violence, but I have tried to show the consequences of violence,” says Higson. To judge from the response of his sons (and mine), the result feeds directly into the central cortex of boy brain: action, suspense, gadgets, threat, fights, escapes, jungle survival, evil baddies and plenty of guns. My sons devoured each of the novels in the same way that I consume adult thrillers, in great, unreflective, purely enjoyable lumps.

I have Silverfin waving to me from my TBR shelf. So many books...

Friday, March 16, 2007

Measuring Up

Every grade level does a unit on measurement or reinforces measurement skills. The three go-with books that spring immediately to my mind are Loreen Leedy's Measuring Penny, How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller and Leo Lionni's Inch by Inch.

But wait, look at the list that Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect has put together. This is a great compilation books and poetry. Note them down and dazzle your faculty next time someone asks for "measurement" books.

While you are there check all her s. They are excellent, especially the one on China.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Peter Pan

I enjoy reading bloggers with enthusiasms for childhood icons of children's literature. For some it is Oz or Alice but for me it was (and is) Peter Pan.

I do not have a distinct memory of seeing Disney's version as a child but I did have the LP (we had all of them) and I loved that album. Head Mouseketeer, Jimmy Dodd narrated the story and, like the other LPs in the series, the story with pictures from the movie, was bound in to the album cover in book fashion. (Wikipedia says Dodd wrote the theme song for Zorro. I did not know that!)

I have vivid memories of my pre-k self "flying" around our living room, bouncing from one piece of furniture to the next. Gosh, my mom was tolerant!

I know I saw Mary Martin fly across our TV screen and the idea of "flying" caught my imagination again. As an older child I was treated to a performance of the musical at a theater in Anaheim, Calif. It was across the street from Disneyland I think Jane Powell was Peter.

When my kids were very young I tried to get tickets to a nearby high school's production of the musical Peter Pan but to my dismay discovered the tickets were sold out -- a high school show sold out! This school's theater program was very ambitious. They were "flying" the actors.

I still keep up with all things Peter. I enjoyed the movies, Finding Neverland, Hook and the 1993 version of Peter Pan. I still have to read Peter and the Shadow Thieves and I have Peter Pan in Scarlet on my mp3 player. I listened to J.V. Hart's Capt. Hook and thought it was long but interesting.

I was reminded of my ongoing enthusiasm as I embarked on a search for music for a young mezzo soprano. This is the time of year when singers begin a study of Broadway music. Ingenue songs are more frequently written for sopranos so finding songs for the lower range of the mezzo which also fit the musical maturity of a young singer is challenging.

Sorry, I just can't see a 16 year old with the gravitas to carry off "I'm Still Here" from Follies.

I am also a curmudgeon about current Broadway musical stylings and young voices. The current style of musical belting (either on American Idol or Broadway) does not showcase young voices IMHO nor does it bode well for the long term survival of the musical pipes.

But what do I know?

All this led me to rediscover Mary Martin. Peter Pan is still available (and in my car now) and I-tunes has her recording Hi-Ho available. Her Annie Get Your Gun is pure gold.

What a talent.

As I pointed out to the young mezzo, every note is pure and every lyric is crystal clear. I heard Frederica von Stade refer to Martin as an "operatic" broadway singer on a local program recently. It is probably too much to hope I will hear "Never Never Land" at the recital at the end of the year, but I can hope.

Blogular osmosis

Chris Barton has used a very useful term, blogular osmosis. That is the experience you have when you see a book that you recognize from your blog perusing.

That is why I squealed with happiness (What is wrong with that woman, doesn't she know this is a library?) when I saw 13 Little Blue Envelopes the other day.

The Edge of the Forest

The March edition of The Edge of the Forest is out and I have to say that the interviews and articles for this month are probably the best yet.

Indefatigable Kelly has a write up of Readergirlz.

Pam MotherReader Coughlan has an insightful and inspiring article about what it takes to become a B-List Blogger and member of this terrific community of Kitlitospherians.

Liz Burns's interview with author Kirby Larson is outstanding.

Adrienne Furness explores the expanding presence of Sock Monkeys in children's books.

Allie has one of her thoughtful and fascinating interviews, this time with author Jenny Han.

Kim Winters describes the Day in the Life of Laura Ruby.

Interesting reviews, What's in the Backpack and Sherry Early's Kid Picks of homeschoolers plus a podcast with Daniel Pinkwater...

Bravi, team!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Un Frisson

During the summer of 2005, I was perusing the listings of author signings in the area and suggested to my entling that we should pop over to Blue Willow Book Shop and see this Rick Riordan guy. His book sounded interesting and knowing my girl's interest in all things mythologically Greek, I thought it might be worthwhile.

I am not a soothsayer, a prognosticator or even a weather forecaster but as I listened to him talk about his new book, The Lightning Thief, I swear I felt un frisson about this book. When my girl disappeared for several hours upon returning home, I knew something special was going on.

Since then the book was selected for the Texas Bluebonnet list and it has become part of novel study units. His rockstar status grows daily. My entling has sworn she must have a Hunters of Artemis t-shirt so we will be in line at The Titan's Curse signing for sure.

I sat with a friend at TLA last year where Riordan appeared on a panel to discuss books and the industry. After the session was over my friend said, "I have to have him."

Of course she meant she had to "have him" visit her school and present to her students. When librarians make those comments, it can be misinterpreted. One time I said that I'd "had" Jack Gantos and I got the strangest looks from the non library folk I was dining with. The further explanation, "At my library, I mean!" didn't help. I digress.

I've written a lot about Rockstar Rick Riordan over the past two years because he is important. I've seen Riordan's books hook kids that parents thought would NEVER EVER read a book just for the fun of it. I've heard from many parents who say, "you know that book you recommended for young Horatio (Hortense?) He/she didn't play with his/her (insert expensive electronic media device here) all weekend. He/she said they just wanted to read!!!"

I know kids who have never picked up Harry Potter (too thick) who are fervently, desperately and impatiently awaiting The Titan's Curse.

My friend will indeed "have" Riordan at her school next week and she's invited me to come hear him. I am looking forward to sitting in the back and watching the magic happen.

Monday, March 12, 2007

I should be writing reviews

Here is the problem, I start out to write some reviews, clearly defining the noble qualities of the novels I just finished but instead I get distracted by following links and I ended up here.

Maureen Johnson's posts on "How to be a writer" are perfection. I love the photos from movies which perfectly illustrate her points.

More amazing coincidences in my life.

I subbed at local area high school library Friday. It was an extremely busy day with three (count 'em three) classes in the house for research--the last day of school before spring break. (The English classes were working on the COOLEST project--they had to watch a movie with a historical context and then research the reality of the event/time period and point out the discrepancies in the movie.)

There were also study hall students there and even when they get to high school they still ask you questions like:

Girl: "Do you have any books on animals?"
Me: Yes, what kind of animal are you interested in?
Girl: "Snakes."

Now, every computer was occupied so she could not use the OPAC but luckily for this student I KNOW that snakes are in 597 so we moseyed over to the shelf to have a look-see.

As we contemplated the selection of reptile books, the girl asked me,
Girl: "What is that book under your arm?"

I had discovered Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes on the shelf and had been reading it during lunch and in between showing kids for the nth time how to connect to a printer and the other librarian had already said I could borrow it over spring break (it is not all roses having me as a sub) and I had already had the thought at least once that I wished the kids would leave so I could read the book because it was soooo... good.

Me: Oh, this book is so awesome! ...and then went on to give a synopsis of the first two chapters.
Her: "Wow, I would really like to read that."
Me: - sigh -
Me: Well, here. If you would like to read it, you can check it out BUT if you don't want it, give it back to me, Ok?

She checked it out.

We are going to the bookstore in a few minutes.

Spring Break

This week is spring break and we do not have any travel plans. I am weird because I don't really like Spring Break. It just causes problems for blood sugar levels here.

I may attempt an excavation of a foreign land, (the entling's bedroom) and squint at paint chips for another room but beyond that my goals are modest and involve crafting some reviews of the fantastic books I've been reading.

I have been virtually traveling with author/illustrator Grace Lin at pacyforest as she travels through Hong Kong. She is posting lots of pictures. What a treat!

Sunday, March 11, 2007


Ok, I will NEVER be able to ponder the Great Scrotum Debate of 2007 ever again without thinking of Greg's post, "Speaking of dirty words."

Calf Fries!

Specism in Children's Literature

Kelly has an interesting post, about the recently announced study, "Gender Stereotyping and Under-Representation of Female Characters in 200 Popular Children's Picture Books: A 21st Century Update."

The comments to her post are excellent and worth your attention as they ponder the study's methodology.

I for one, am concerned about rampant specism in children's books. Honestly, cute little pigs, adorable bunnies, playful monkeys, soft feathery ducklings seem to dominate picture books. Happily, it is not all bad news for the fur and feather challenged. Ants have made some gains in recent years and seem to be gaining a small foothold with young readers.

There is much work to be done though. If it were not for Pond Scum, where would salamanders be? Pity scavengers too, have you read a tender tale about hyenas recently?

I think there should be some studies (or maybe there already have been) on this looming issue.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


You are in for a treat!

As If!

Do BBKNNs outnumber the Concerned Parents in your life? AS IF! Authors Support Intellectual Freedom is a blog I am clicking on regularly.

Their mission statement:
AS IF! (Authors Supporting Intellectual Freedom) champions those who stand against censorship, especially of books for and about teens.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Well, I step away from the computer for a few days and a blogging friend gets a book deal!

Our fearless leader and Cybil Nonfiction Picture Book Wrangler, Chris Barton has sold his book, S.V.T. to Little, Brown.

Chris blogs at Bartography and he will give away a free copy of the book (when it comes out) to the first person to guess what S.V.T. stands for. He says people see it as a "boy" book so I am thinking the "S" has to be "slime" or "super." The "v" could be "vomit" but on reflection that is a little strong for a title, it is probably a noun... I'm thinking "t" is for "team" or "terror" or "turbulence."
Slimey Vulture Terror -- Super Vacuum Team?

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Pimp my Bookcart Winners

The response to the Overdue Media fellows' "Pimp my Book Cart" contest was overwhelming.

This is too much fun!

<--- Grand Prize: Pink Cadillac by Katie George and the teens of the Miller Branch Library in Ellicot City, MD