Reading in the Dark, The Blind Bookworm Blog - Kestrell
"Book reviews: kids's books on Dewey Decimal System+how a book is made
Occasionally I come across a book which makes me think, "If I was a young bibliophile, I would want this book," so I try to scan that book for Bookshare, in hopes that the poor blind children will then be able to have access to the book.
Unfortunately, kids's books are typically very difficult to scan, as they often are slightly larger than the standard scanner, and they also typically have "fun" or "eye-catching" fonts, illustrations, or design elements which need to be included in the text but which also are typically difficult or impossible to scan. Thus, LJ user alexx_kay deserves quite a bit of credit for proofreading and writing descriptions for the pictures in these books.
Bob the Alien was pretty awesome, and I love his t-shirt (it has a picture of a red-haired man and says "I believe"--that's an X-Files reference for those who didn't get it). Also, when his head spins, it literally spins. If you want a book that will turn young children on to the secret code of the DDS, this may be it, although it doesn't have the manic whimsy of a Daniel Pinkwater book (then again, what does?).
Pingpong Perry gives a good explanation of how a book comes into being, but I was a bit disappointed that more specific terms like "copy edit" and "book review" were not used--I feel pretty certain that kids could grasp the more precise words, even if they do have more syllables. That is a rather small picky criticism, though. If you don't get the message from the title of this book, it has a lot of alliteration using p words, and it can be problematical putting the brakes on even after you have put the book down." - Reading in the Dark, The Blind Bookworm Blog
April 12, 2010