Archive for December 7th, 2015


by Sam Juliano

Mild early December weather continues in the metropolitan area as the Christmas season gets in full swing with house decorations and gift buying now the rage.  Critics’ groups around the country have begun announcing their choices for Best Film, performances and other pertinent categories.  The New York Film Critics Circle chose Todd Haynes’ Carol as Best Film, while their counterparts in Boston and Los Angeles chose Spotlight as the top movie.  The National Board of Review chose Mad Max: Fury Road.  The rest of us still need to see some December releases, but hope to have lists up in early January.

The Caldecott Medal Contender series continues, and will run until January 10th, the day before the awards are announced by the American Library Association.  So far I have published thirteen reviews, and plan at least that many more.  With the awards set to announce on January 11th (much earlier than last year) it will be difficult to do anywhere near the fifty-one that was done last year.  I would like to thank everyone who have left comments and have stopped in.  The site statistics have been excellent.  A special shout out to Laurie Buchanan, Valerie Clark and Patricia Hamilton for sharing so many of the posts on Facebook, and of course to the authors and illustrators who have responded with the same kind of acknowledgement.

Lucille, Jeremy and I made an appearance on Saturday afternoon at the “Morbid Anatomy Museum” in Brooklyn to take in a presentation on the book Mummy Cat by the work’s illustrator Lisa Browne.  Renowned artists Sergio Ruzzier, Sophie Blackall, Edward Hemingway and Brian Floca were also on hand. (more…)

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