Two children’s books have made the shortlist for the 2009 Delete Key Awards, which recognize authors who don’t use their delete keys enough. Should either win a prize on Monday?
Laura Bush and Jenna Bush are finalists for these lines from Read All About It!, a picture book in which exclamation points run amok:
“I say, ‘The library is a boring place! All I will meet there are stinky pages.’”
“Miss Toadskin thinks she can gross us out with her science experiments. But I live for that stuff!”
Kathi Appelt is a finalist for this redundancy from The Underneath, a runner-up for the most recent Newbery Medal and National Book Award for young people’s literature:
“The pain she felt was palpable.”
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