NE ways (jeez, it felt wrong just typing that), I wanted to give props to Mother Reader today for her even-handed take on the latest installment of the annually recurring Newbery debate, and her excellent hat tip to the Cybils. The article prompting all the hoo-hah originally appeared in the School Library Journal, but some fresh hoo-hah has been stirred up (do you stir up hoo-hah? perhaps fling it?) by the Washington Post, and it’s even made it all the way into the UK’s Guardian Books Blog (thanks to Nicola for the link).
But what I found most interesting about the Guardian article was a little aside at the very end about one of the books shortlisted for WH Smith Children’s Book of the Year. All I can say is, yikes. Then again, perhaps this is where I’m going wrong. Perhaps the path to publication lies in the inclusion of ponies, and my as-yet-unpublished status is entirely due to my failure to include enough ponies in my books.