Review on Brain Burps: And Then It’s Spring

August 27, 2012

And Then It's SpringOh boy, this is a good book. Which you’ll figure out after hearing my near-rapturous review. This book manages to pull together sweet-sad poetry and humor in just a few words, and the words are perfectly matched with Erin Stead’s illustrations.

What I didn’t mention in my review is that the first few times we read this, each reading took (or, well, seemed to take) about six hours, because on every page, Ramona would scream, “DOG! TURTLE!” So it went sort of like this: “First you have — DOG! TURTLE! — brown, all around — DOG! TURTLE! — you have — DOG! TURTLE! — brown…” But these are the dangers of reading anything to a 2-year-old, and I have to say that “And Then It’s Spring” held up beautifully despite repeated interruptions.

You can check out more info on the podcast episode here, or go straight to iTunes here.

And yes, the podcast episode happened almost a week ago, but we had lovely guests, and then I hurt myself, so things are a little behind schedule here at World of Julie, sorry.

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New review: A Strange Place to Call Home

August 15, 2012

New review today! Check out the Brain Burps About Books podcast to hear all about how the first time I read A Strange Place to Call Home by Marilyn Singer and Ed Young, I had no idea what to do with it. And then how I looked at how much Henry was loving it, just copied what he was doing, and realized how incredibly awesome this book is.

It profiles fourteen animals who live in harsh or odd conditions, and tells us about them through poems and torn-paper collages. It’s truly amazing, and is especially loved by my animal-loving, poetry-loving almost-9-year-old.

Today’s podcast is an interview with Jerry Craft, all about African-American culture in comic books. Check out the details here, or head right on over to iTunes to listen.

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New Review on Brain Burps: The Obstinate Pen

June 27, 2012

Don’t you love it already? A book called The Obstinate Pen? Will you love it even more when I tell you that, because of this book, Henry and Eli now insult each other by saying, “You’re a yam-headed organ grinder!”?

I would like to start some petition that 62% of the children’s books published every year contain at least one word that the children — and maybe the grownups — need to look up in the dictionary.

Anyway! Check out my review on Katie Davis’s podcast today. More info about the episode is here, or subscribe in iTunes here. Enjoy!

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Jonah Lehrer, and me!

May 15, 2012

Jonah Lehrer and I are on Brain Burps About Books today! Ok, ok, so we’re not on at the same time: Katie is interviewing Jonah Lehrer (author of Imagine: How Creativity Works), and (separately) I do a review of Nursery Rhyme Comics. I do think it’s perfect that Katie picked this review out of the ones of mine she has (did you know this about me? I love doing picture book reviews so much I send her bunches of them at a time, instead of just my required one-a-month), because Nursery Rhyme Comics is the most creative bit of creative creativeness that I’ve seen in forever. It’s brilliant.

You can see more information about this podcast episode here, or listen directly by clicking here.

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New Review on Brain Burps: Neville

March 13, 2012

I’ve got a new review up on Brain Burps About Books today: Neville, by the amazing Norton Juster (of Phantom Tollbooth fame), with such great illustrations by G. Brian Karas (and I was lying in bed last night having a panic attack that I totally mispronounced Karas — sorry, Mr. Karas) (I love doing audio reviews, but proper pronunciation of author names is the one anxiety-producing element).

In this episode, Katie interviews R. Gregory Christie about Kickstarter. Check it out! More info about the episode is here, or you can download it directly by clicking here.

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Two new reviews up at Katie Davis’s podcast

December 14, 2011

Yeah, so I totally missed the fact that I had a review on Brain Burps About Books last week. Where is my head? I review Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Al Pha’s Bet on last week’s episode. The episode is all about making ebooks, and it’s a super-technical episode, but worth listening to if you have any interest in publishing an ebook yourself. And it’s worth it to get to my review at the end, after which Katie totally made me blush by calling me cute and funny and says she loves my enthusiasm. Hee! You can see info on the episode here, or listen directly by going here.

And then on this week’s episode, I review Nothing Like a Puffin by Sue Soltis. This was the first review I did after I got a new microphone. Katie had complained (or, well, nicely and casually prodded) that my old mic made me have too many popping p’s. And then, unintentionally, I recorded this review, which had roughly 70,000 p’s in it. I had to edit out this long, anxiety-ridden pause when I suddenly heard myself saying the thousandth plosive and wondered how ridiculous it sounded. You can find out more about the episode here, or listen directly by going here.

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Review on Brain Burps About Books: Bailey

November 23, 2011

Hey all! I’m on Katie Davis’s podcast this week, reviewing Bailey by Harry Bliss, the story of a dog who goes to school (regular people school, not dog school).  Check it out! Katie is interviewing the founder of the charity Milk and Bookies.

You can check out info on this podcast episode by clicking here, or you can listen directly by clicking here. Enjoy!

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Recommendation: Barefoot Books Podcast

November 14, 2011

This is sort of a Children’s Book of the Week post. It’s high time I recommended the Barefoot Books podcast on here, because it’s such a lifesaver for us. You probably know the publisher Barefoot Books — they do a lot of folk tales and fairy tales, all very good. Well, they have a podcast (mostly weekly) that is essentially audio book readings of these stories.

What this means for you (or, well, for me) is that you can download lots and lots of stories and have them ready to play in the car (assuming you can figure out how to get the iPod to play over your car speakers). They’re free, and they’re good.

I honestly recommend them to someone about once every three days; sorry for spacing out and forgetting to recommend them to you.

You can listen to them right on the podcast website, or you can find them in iTunes and download all the stories there.

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Check me out on Katie Davis’s podcast this week!

September 21, 2011

That’s right, WoJ followers, I am on Brain Burps About Books again, this time reviewing Bear With Me by Max Kornell. You can check out info about this podcast episode by going to the blog post on Katie’s blog, or you can listen directly by clicking here. Enjoy!

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Nominate Brain Burps About Books for a Podcast Award

September 20, 2011

Yes, I know, I’m a very new contributor to Katie Davis’s Brain Burps About Books podcast, but how cool would it be if it won an award? Very cool. What? You want to help? Ok! You can help by nominating the podcast for an award. All you have to do is this:

Step 1: Click here to get to the podcast awards nomination page.
Step 2: In the 4th row down on the left, in the EDUCATION category, enter Brain Burps About Books where it says “Podcast name”.
Step 3: Under that, where it says “Podcast URL” enter http://BrainBurpsAboutbooks.com
Step 4: Enter your details at the bottom, hit submit and you’re done.

Deadline is September 30. Anything you can help me win an award would be great! (Ok, yeah, so it would really be Katie’s award, but I helped, right?)

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