Early morning links.

Jim Kay's Hermione, via the Guardian.

Jim Kay's Hermione, via the Guardian.

  • At mental_floss: 10 Fun Facts About Winnie The Pooh. "As recounted by Milne's old neighbor, Laurence Irving, Shepard wandered Ashdown Forest, the inspiration for Milne's mythical woods, and created a portfolio of sketches. Then he turned up unannounced at Milne's home, where he handed over his portfolio to Milne and won his approval."
  • At NPR, Linda Holmes GOES FOR IT in the comments: "Of course some people don't enjoy it. Can you imagine the position I would occupy if EVERYONE enjoyed everything I wrote? It is with no disrespect at all that I tell you that there being some people who say "I don't like this," or "this isn't to my taste," or "I don't think this is funny," or "I don't think it's in-bounds to talk about a trailer just because they're showing it" is in no way inconsistent with my expectations. I appreciate the care with which you're trying to express this to me, but you are -- I guarantee -- one of many, many, many people who think this is dumb, or I am dumb, or pop culture is dumb, or it's not nice to make fun of things, or critics are lazy, or NPR should only be about serious things, or whatever." There is MORE, and it is WONDERFUL, so be sure to click through and read it ALL.
  • At the WaPo: The Big Bad Wolf and the No Little Pigs. "British authors are huffing and puffing about guidelines from Oxford University Press that warn writers not to mention pigs or “or anything else which could be perceived as pork.”"
  • At the Week: Girls on Film: Why Scarlett Johansson — or any white actress — shouldn't star in Ghost in the Shell. "Though Johansson thrived as the Black Widow in four films, Marvel isn't comfortable giving the popular character its own feature. An unintentionally clear hierarchy has been set: Johansson is secondary to male superheroes, but preferable to (and worthy of a huge payday over) the many Asian actresses with similar blockbuster experience."
  • At Tablet: Six Children’s Books for Martin Luther King Day.
  • At Forward Center: JJ Abrams Contacts the Wrong Mo Williams, Sets Off Chain Reaction of Mistaken Identity. "“But one of my favorite children’s authors was introduced to us by our youngest son. When he was in kindergarten he brought home some books by Mo Willems, who has one of the most remarkable comedic voices I’ve ever read. His sense of humanity — of heart and generosity — is staggering. I was so blown away, I got his number from his agent and called him. I was essentially a sycophant, expressing what a deep fan of his I am, how I would love to work together one day. He was quiet on the phone, almost monosyllabic, disinterested. Frankly it was a bit of an odd reaction. It wasn’t until the next day that I discovered that I had, in error, called Mo Williams of the Portland Trail Blazers.”" It gets more ridiculous.
  • At Someday My Printz Will Come: Picture Books for … Teens? "I’ll eat my hat if either receives a silver from the RealCommittee. Hell, I’ll eat all y’all’s hats. BUT. These are gorgeous books with appeal for older readers, so here’s me shining a bit of light on them."
  • From Australia's Centre for Youth Literature: Top 10 YA books to kick off 2015.
  • At the Horn Book: I see London! I see France! I see broccoli in underpants! VEGGIES WITH WEDGIES! *dies laughing*
  • At the Guardian: Harry Potter: new edition, new look for Ron, Hagrid, Hermione and Malfoy. I especially love Hagrid and Hermione.
  • At Deadline: David E. Kelley Writing Stephen King’s ‘Mr. Mercedes’ As Limited Series For Sonar. "Mr. Mercedes, which King describes as his first hard-boiled detective tale, was published by Scribner in June. The story focuses on a psychopathic killer who commits mass murder by driving his Mercedes into a crowd and the recently retired cop who makes it his mission to bring him down. Mr. Mercedes is the first of a projected trilogy."