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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Never Mind The Death

Pop culture blog Egotastic has a few words on authors who have died and those authors who have picked up where the previous pen fell. John and Brad are mentioned, as are a number of other well-known names:

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Lewis Barnavelt, Fat-Positive Role Model?

We stumbled upon a blog post recently that Rebecca Rabinowitz wrote for the Shapely Prose blog a few years ago about fat-positive children’s books (parts one and two). Her criteria was to find overweight main characters and those portrayed in a positive light. A comment on part one brings Bellairs into the mix, mentioning briefly Lewis’ weight issues:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

He Was Wont To Shine At Seventy-Five

John celebrates his semisesquicentennial birthday this year. Hmmm...while that Latin does sound impressive, "75th birthday" actually sounds more practical.

Cheers, John!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Who’s Who: John Stoddard

A book Lewis finds in his uncle’s house is Volume IX of Stoddard's Lectures, labeled "Scotland, England, and London" [The House with a Clock in its Walls; 18-9].

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Librarian Shares Her Love Of Reading

An interview with Spreckels Elementary School librarian Libby Foucht who still believes that one of the best ways of turning non-readers into readers is to read aloud to them, according to this Jan. 3 story from the California.com. Of note:

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Something About Big Mac

Hopefully they don't let you down when you need 'em.

BiblioFile: A Maldição do Relógio

The works of John Bellairs branched into Portugal with A Maldição do Relógio released by Editorial Presence in 2006. From what we can tell, however, the introduction was short-lived as this is the only book that was published and nothing more ever followed.  That's too bad - if anything, it gives us a sense of how popular the book was for that country's readers.