Leon and the Spitting Image

nds Facts:Date finished: 9-22-08Author: Allen KurzweilCategory: Children’sPublished: 2005Pages: 320Rating: 4/5 Basic Plot:This is a story about a boy in fourth grade. And an ice maker that makes strange noises. And a teacher with a strange fetish for sewing. And a hotel full of animals. And … spit? Leon’s life is…

How to survive a zombie attack – in plain English

The video below is just silly, but in general, The Common Craft Show takes the “back of the napkin” concept to video in a great way, explaining the simple and the surreal. I stumbled upon them while doing some research for a discussion I’m leading next month on using social…

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony

Facts:Date finished: 9-21-08Author: Eoin ColferCategory: Children’s fantasyPublished: 2006Pages: 400Rating: 4/5 Basic Plot:Artemis Fowl is at it again, plotting, calculating. Only this time, he’s up to no bad. Seems thousands of years ago, rather than take on the humans face to face, the fairy worlds decided to make themselves scarce. Artemis…

What’s with the backpack hate?

We went to NY for the Labor Day weekend. Had a great time as always – challenge of the subway during non-regular hours, fat and fluffy french toast at Sarabeth’s on the Upper West Side, adventures in a hotel room smaller than my bathroom. But our trip this time was…

What-The-Dickens

Facts:Date finished: 9-9-08Author: Gregory MaguireCategory: Children’s fantasyPublished: 2007Pages: 295Rating: 4/5 Basic Plot:Things aren’t looking so great for the Ormsby family. What’s left of them at their house that is. Parents are gone and only less-than-useful cousin Gage is left to take care of Dinah, Zeke and baby Rebecca Ruth. The…