Book Review: ‘Mort(e)’ by Robert Repino

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Here’s the setup — the ants have had enough of humans. Over thousands of years, one particular colony has grown in size and intelligence, and the Queen has finally decided to take back the Earth. I know just enough about ants to understand how they communicate and I’ve read here and there (and watched a few video snippets) about their hierarchy and how they declare war on other colonies. This Queen is very intelligent, and she has managed to gain sufficient knowledge of chemistry to grow car-sized Alphas to act as soldier. Oh, and she’s also figured out how to grant intelligence and self-awareness in most every animal type on the planet including pig, dog, bear, raccoon, and cat. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Diversity Week

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My reads from last week include German teenagers with a dangerous secret, Asian-American superheroes, and an Italian-African-American girl who befriends an alien. It’s Diversity Week, apparently. Continue reading

Jeff Smith’s ‘Bone,’ 10 Years On: ‘Out From Boneville’ Tribute Edition

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Technically, the Bone cousins first left Boneville a whopping 24 years ago, if you can believe it. Ten years ago, in 2005, they left Boneville again—in color—and Scholastic launched the Graphix imprint in the process, which has since become a wellspring of fantastic, kid-friendly graphic novels. Continue reading

Graphic Novels Get Awarded! Interview With Caldecott Honorees Jillian & Mariko Tamaki

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Interview with Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, writer and illustrator of This One Summer, the first graphic novel to be awarded with a Caldecott Honor and the second to win a Printz Honor. Continue reading

‘The World’s Great Wonders’ Explains the Planet’s Masterpieces

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If you’re looking for some fantastic background information on the world’s incredible sites and sights, Lonely Planet has another quality book that will teach you the wheres, whens, whys, and hows of 50 of them. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Battling Tsundoku

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This week’s Stack Overflow is brought to you by tsundoku, a Japanese word that means “leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other unread books.” Sound familiar? Continue reading

Comics to Unleash Your Inner Inventor: ‘Howtoons’ Artist Nick Dragotta

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Interview with Nick Dragotta (East of West) about his work on Image Comics’ ‘Howtoons,’ getting kids interested in STEAM subjects, and how to make the world a better place. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Awarding Rewarding Books

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Hey, I’m back—in less than a month, even! Today I’ll give a brief run-through of the books I’ve read this week, plus a couple other noteworthy titles. First, though, the awards! Continue reading

Novel Ideas: Season 2, Episode 2 Tech Books

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GeekDad James Floyd Kelly is an accomplished technical writer with more than twenty books published. He is an expert at proposing books and meeting deadlines. We’ll discuss his writing process and how he has built a career from writing technology books. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Recent Reads

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I had all these grand plans to write a weekly column starting this year about the books I’m reading. Then January happened. Continue reading

Batman and Aliens Meet the Real World: GeekDad Interviews Nate Ball

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I spoke recently to uber-geek and new dad Nate Ball about his inventions, his books, and his role in helping a new generation of makers get inspired about engineering. We didn’t get to discuss his beatboxing, but you’ll find a link to his Ted X talk on that here also. Continue reading

Jim Kay Reimagines Harry Potter

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Harry Potter fans, start saving up your pennies! Starting this fall, Scholastic and Bloomsbury UK will be publishing a new deluxe hardcover edition of the Harry Potter series, with new illustrations by Jim Kay. Four new images were released earlier this week. Continue reading

You Are NPH in Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

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In Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, you are Neil Patrick Harris as you choose your way through life, making decisions about your upbringing, personal life, acting career, and mad magic skills. Continue reading

The Astronomically Correct “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” Is Fun and Factual

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Tired of singing about your confusion as to what stars are–when you know exactly what they are and why they twinkle? Try this new version instead! Continue reading