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Children’s Book Awards Get Snookied

The children’s book world is abuzz for good reason. In what should have been a banner week — the American Librarian Association announced the winners of the Caldecott and Newbery medals, the kidlit equivalent of the Oscars — Snooki from Jersey Shore bumped the winners off their traditional Today show appearance.

The Snooks pretends to have written a book (come on, who would she be foolin’), so she poofed into that book slot for the week, I guess. And the producer tried to claim that the show was booked in advance (but I guarantee everyone who can Google “American Library Association” would be able to find the date of the NEXT awards announcement pretty darn soon).

I was delighted that a fellow Kansan, Clare Vanderpool (below right) of Wichita, won the Newbery for Moon Over Manifest (Delacorte). And Erin Stead of Ann Arbor won the Caldecott Medal honoring outstanding illustration for A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Roaring Brook), which was written by her husband, Philip Stead.

I just don’t understand the Today show. First off, Snooki does NOT need any publicity — I mean, isn’t her 15 minutes LOOOONG over?! Second, isn’t Today the No. 1 morning show? Why on earth would they be worried about viewers switching to GMA or whatever that CBS show is these days.

Author Eric A. Kimmel had a thoughtful post about the brouhaha, pointing out that even within the publishing industry itself, the awards don’t necessarily ensure long-term success or even a next book contract.(Thanks to Roxie Munro for linking to that one on Facebook!).

This is just one more sign of the cult of celebrity driving the book world these days. Why should two really good books that can reach probably the most critical audience — our children — be booted in favor of Snooki?!

Author Jodi Picoult summed it up best on Twitter: “Valid questions: Who rushes out to buy the Snooki book? Why does Snooki think she can write a book? You don’t see me acting on Jersey Shore.”

Exactly.

 

What the …? Kentucky Stomping

This video is disturbing on so many levels. Why is this type of behavior at political events okay? Not to mention all of the hemming and hawing on the back end about what happened.

 

A Not-So-Fabulous First: Le Broken Toe!

Here’s a first that I wasn’t exactly planning on: I BROKE the big toe on my left foot. How I wish I had a really great story about ninjas, superpowers, or even a runway mishap. But no — I tripped on a rug in my own house! It did happen toward the end of the KU-Texas game, so maybe I can say I was jumping up and down, celebrating KU’s winning the Big 12 regular season championship. Although by the end of the game, I was icing down the foot and banged-up knee.

Fortunately, my toe was the only casualty; my left knee and wrist are just bruised. The fractured toe is a lovely shade of dirty yellowish-purple, and I’m committed to the ever-so-stylish velcro boot for about six weeks. (Just TRY to find another shoe to work with THAT!) On the bright side, I have a specially abled parking tag — so handy last week on that rainy day of errands! — and I’m burning through my 2009 deductible!

Today’s Bizarre Newsbits

1. Renegade billionaire Allen “Bernie Jr.” Stanford seems to have taken a cue from Carmen San Diego and vanished.

2. Wacko Michele Bachman is against the stimulus because we’re “running out of rich people”?!”! WTF? (Come ON, Minnesota, get the Al Franken thing right and then ditch her!)

3. Pretend journalist Ann Curry asked Bill Clinton if he was the 13th person responsible for the economic meltdown. Guess she has that peculiar amnesia about the last eight years (surely there were more than 12 people involved from 2001 to 2008!).

4. Finally, American Idol is really stinking it up tonight. What’s in that backstage Evian?! I‘m tweeting all about it. But I love that Danny Gokey! Just put him in the top four NOW!

The Facebook Faceoff

So where have I been lately? Well, FACEBOOK! I’m now obsessed with that social networking tool. Sucked right in. It’s got to be the crack of the Internet — how is it that something so simple can just take over?! The first week I was on, I noticed a protacted low-level anxiety when my friends list stopped at around 95. I really wanted to top 100 that first week. I made it to 102, and I’m now at 118 friends.

But now that I think about it, what’s up with THAT?! How can topping 100 friends on Facebook be a goal? Some achievement when I could be blogging about the state of the economy (short version: “It’s now the G.NO.P.”) or catching up on my Bookshelf entries, not to mention my Fab Firsts.

So in my Week 2 of Facebook, I’m making a resolution: I, Cyndle, will limit my Facebooking (is that the correct verb?) to once a day. Now, let me go check before I turn in for the evening to see if John Bates added anything to our wall about composting!

What the…? “So WHAT”?!?!

The Bush-Cheney media tour has me absolutely baffled. First, there’s the creepy and sad shoe-ducking incident, then W goes on TV and blithely answers “So what?” when asked about Al Qaeda moving into Iraq. Darth Cheney then basically and just as blithely admits to war crimes in yet another interview. Keith Olbermann hit it on the head: “See, here’s the thing. The president is just full of crap.”‘

No, Cubs, NOOOOOOOOO! #3

Three games and out.

WT…?!?!?! More Random Crapola!

Okay, today has to go down as one of the wackiest ever! Let me see if I’ve got this straight — no, I can’t even go there; it’s all giving me whiplash! And just what WAS the point of lying to David Letterman about going to Washington, only to end up sitting down for a nice chat with Katie Couric?!?!?!

Instead, I’ll go with these:

  • McCain’s Plan: Blurt Out Random Crap: Bob Cescas probably said it best in this hysterical column at Huff Post: “If what we’ve seen from the senator so far is him ‘focusing’ on the economy — what the hell is he like when he’s multitasking? What’s next, McCain? Suspending the election?”
  • Wanda Sykes tears into McCain and Palin on Leno last night:”That’s a crazy, scary lady right there. Gun-toting and, you know, shooting caribou. … They don’t let her talk. They say, “Oh, she’s meeting with the world leaders.” But there’s no reporters. I’m like, is she meeting with the world leaders, or did you take her to the Epcot Center? Let her drink around the world? You know, because I’ve done that. Maybe I should be Secretary of State. … She has been to Mexico. Does this ring a bell, George W. Bush? … She was like, ‘I can see Russia from my backyard.’ What — what — what — while you were delivering letters to Santa Claus at the North Pole?”
  • Letterman’s zingers just wouldn’t stop tonight:
    • “What are you going to do if you’re elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We’ve got a guy like that now!”
    • “You don’t suspend your campaign. This doesn’t smell right. This isn’t the way a tested hero behaves. I think someone’s putting something in his metamucil.”


What I’m Wondering About

  1. How higher math works in Wasilla: If Sarah Palin landed $27 million in earmarks for Wasilla as mayor, how the heck did she end up leaving the town $20 million in debt?
  2. Renaming Rights: Why don’t we just bow to reality and call it the “Double Talk Express”?
  3. Whither Independents? What happened to all of the independent voter focus groups? I can’t find much on this, other than articles that show little movement toward her. The silence seems odd, if she’s making such a difference in the overall polls.
  4. McCain ties to a Failed Bank: Speaking of deathly quiet, why the silence over last week’s failure of Silver State Bank, where Andrew McCain until recently sat on the audit committee (which, according to the WSJ, was “responsible for overseeing the company’s financial condition.”)?
  5. Where’s Oprah?!?

What the …? It Just Gets Deeper

Whoa! I cant’ even keep up with the onslaught! Here are my new choice WT…? bits:

  • Troopergate: Why, that’s a page out of the Bush playbook, isn’t it?
  • The lawsuit filed against her by the parents of autistic boy who has to live in another state because she won’t approve state funds to help — whoops! — special-needs children, after all!
  • Karl Rove on why a governor is not qualified to be VP: “With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he’s been a governor for three years, he’s been able but undistinguished,” Rove said. “I don’t think people could really name a big, important thing that he’s done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America.” (Wonder what number Wasilla weighs in at on that largest-city list


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