Over-intellectualizing a Toy Elf

Over-intellectualizing a Toy Elf

So, here’s the mistake people are making: they’re putting way too much thought into a toy elf.

For the past couple of years, screeching hordes have been stomping their feet and howling about the damnation that will befall us because parents are giving their kids a toy elf and telling them that if they don’t behave Santa will hate them forever. Let’s relax a little.

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Bookcave’s Reviews in Review: The Last-Minute Gift Items You’ve Been Looking For (For All Ages!)

Bookcave’s Reviews in Review: The Last-Minute Gift Items You’ve Been Looking For (For All Ages!)

It’s the holiday season, with a lot of gift-giving opportunities rearing their heads in the coming days and weeks, so many people are preparing their “best of” lists and gift recommendations. I’m going to do something a little different. Yep, recommendations, but I’m going to take every book we’ve reviewed on Bookcave (easier than it sounds since we’ve only been up for a few weeks) and tell you which people they are ideally suited for. If you can’t find a book for that hard-to-buy-for person, it’s because we haven’t reviewed it yet.

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Cave Notes, December 16, 2016

Cave Notes, December 16, 2016

We’re getting deep into holiday season now, so I’m lining up some holiday-themed content for the coming days. For now, though, let’s take a look that the week that was. On Monday I decided to take on an unnamed major literary award that recently updated its guidelines to exclude YA novels from eligibility. I countered their elitism with some elitism of my own, suggesting that they probably don’t know much about YA. Holy snark! Well, I happen to think it’s…

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Review: I Am Not a Number

Review: I Am Not a Number

During Canada’s shameful history of residential schools, Indigenous families were required by law to allow the government to take their children and place them in schools far away from their homes to be assimilated into “Canadian” culture. I Am Not a Number tells the true story of one girl who is taken to one of these schools.

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Outside the Cave, December 11, 2016

Outside the Cave, December 11, 2016

Happy Sunday, and welcome to this week’s Outside the Cave!

As we do every Sunday, Bookcave has gathered some of what we’ve been reading on the web this week about kids’ books, and books in general, and put them all in one post for your link-clicking pleasure.

Cave Notes, December 9, 2016

Cave Notes, December 9, 2016

It’s Friday! And that means we get to look back at the week that was on Bookcave. Those of you who have yet to follow Bookcave on Twitter or Facebook missed my incessant whining about my cold. In my defence, it was a really bad cold. But somehow I managed to get all this week’s content in for the site. On Monday I put on my grouchy pants and gave my thoughts on the Bad Little Children’s Books fiasco. And just so we’re…

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Review: The Mask That Sang

Review: The Mask That Sang

One of the challenges writers are often faced with when writing for young readers is how to introduce a subject without creating a book that feels like a teaching tool. In The Mask That Sang, Susan Currie is up to the challenge.

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When a Publisher Decides to Make Racism Okay Again

When a Publisher Decides to Make Racism Okay Again

Abrams Books has always seemed like a relatively benign press. In fact, they have done some good things. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, for example. And their STEM books, such as Rosie Revere: Engineer. If we thought about Abrams, it was in a good way.Then they apparently lost their minds, because they thought it would be hilarious to publish a book called Bad Little Children’s Books, which, by Abrams’ own admission, “presents a collection patently offensive parodies of children’s book covers.”

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Outside the Cave, December 4, 2016

Outside the Cave, December 4, 2016

Outside the Cave is our weekly look around the web to see what other sites and blogs are writing about kidlit, Canadian kidlit, or books in general. Bookcave encourages you to frequent as many of these sites as possible.

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