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Interview – Lauren DeStefano and A Curious Tale of the In-Between

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First things first. Look at that book jacket. Gaze upon it. Feast thine peeper upon its delightful creepy factor. That’s a cover, my friends. And it takes a good book to live up to it. Fortunately, A Curious Tale of the In-Between hasn’t exactly been lacking for the stellar reviews. As Kirkus put it, “DeStefano […]

Girls: Beyond Eyelashes and Bows

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Not too long ago The Guardian had a piece out called Picture books that draw the line against pink stereotypes of girls.  I was keen on it, particularly since in the midst of all these children’s books about breaking down stereotypes, I’ve seen awfully few “tomboy” titles.  Books about girls who won’t wear dresses or […]

Press Release Fun: A 2016 Children’s Literature Fellow Program Accepts New Applications

MFA in Creative Writing and Literature CONTACT: Emma Walton Hamilton Stony Brook Southampton                                   emma.waltonhamilton@stonybrook.edu FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2016 Children’s Literature Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications from Aspiring Children’s Authors Worldwide August, 2015. Southampton, NY. The Children’s Literature Fellows, a one-year graduate level certificate program sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and […]

Review of the Day: The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

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The Nest By Kenneth Oppel Illustrated by Jon Klassen Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4814-3232-0 On shelves October 6th Oh, how I love middle grade horror. It’s a very specific breed of book, you know. Most people on the street might think of the Goosebumps books or similar ilk when they […]

Press Release Fun: Warwick Children’s Book Festival

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Because life is too short not to know about cool children’s book festivals.  Heads up, Orange County! Behold: Warwick Children’s Book Festival September 26, 2015 11am-4pm, rain or shine Free Admission; open to the general public Railroad Avenue, Warwick (Orange County) www.warwickchildrensbookfestival.org Children, readers and book lovers of all ages are cordially invited to the […]

Review of the Day: Moletown by Torben Kuhlmann

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Moletown By Torben Kuhlmann North/South Books, Inc. $17.95 ISBN: 978-0-7358-4208-3 Ages 4-6 On shelves October 1st Cautionary tales for kids who can’t do a darn thing about the original problem. It’s sort of a subgenre of its very own. As I hold this lovely little book, Moletown, in my hands I am transported back in […]

Fuse #8 TV: Kevin Sherry

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After a brief hiatus I’m back with my regular interview series, Fuse #8 TV. By complete coincidence (fortune favors the busy) I didn’t have an interview slated when I was in the thick of my move to Evanston. Now that I’m safely ensconced in Illinois (albeit with oddly empty bookshelves) I’m fully ready and prepared […]

Book Trailer Premier: Big Bear, Little Chair by Lizi Boyd

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Once in a while an artist comes along who does work so beautifully that you cannot help but gawp. Particularly gawpable (a word? Tis now) is Lizi Boyd.  And today, I’m pleased as punch to premiere the book trailer for her latest.  It’s a simple concept book . . . at first.  Probe a little […]

Unexpected Jolts of Children’s Literature in Rather Adult Places

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Reading through the most recent issue of The New Yorker, you may encounter the short story “Little Man” by Michael Cunningham.  It’s a rather cunning retelling of Rumplestiltskin that veers oddly close to the original tale.  Granted Cunningham has no idea how spinning wheels work (see: Paul. O. Zelinsky who actually put in the research […]

Video Sunday: One Video Short

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Been a while, hasn’t it?  Well, better late than never.  And you probably get a better level of quality videos if there’s a month’s gap, eh? Today we begin with the video of the week.  The Wall Street Journal released this article about Brian Selznick’s puppeteering work on his own book trailer.  For me, it’s […]

Press Release Fun: The Grolier Club Celebrates Alice

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Because you didn’t truly think The Grolier Club would let the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland pass without a word, did you? Alice in a World of Wonderlands: The Translations of Lewis Carroll’s Masterpiece A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Grolier Club Alice’s […]

Fusenews: And the tree was moderately amused

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Here’s your SAT question for the day: “Making fun of The Giving Tree in a parody is to shooting fish in a barrel as . . .”  You may put your response in the comments below.  I’ve lived long enough to feel that I’ve seen every possible Giving Tree parody man or woman could imagine.  […]

The Quintessential Edition: If You Could Choose Only One Version of Your Favorite Classic Books . . .

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I think I’m getting the hang of this whole living-in-Evanston thing.  All moves take adjustment, but you know the one thing that makes a transition smoother?  Finding a great new bookstore.  I was wondering the streets of downtown Evanston when I saw this sign advertising a bookstore down an alley.  And while alley walking isn’t […]

Review of the Day: Hypnotize a Tiger by Calef Brown

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Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems About Just About Everything By Calef Brown Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-8050-9928-7 For ages 9-12 Why do I do this to myself? Let me tell you something about how I review. Board books? Pshaw. I can take one and write a nine-paragraph review parsing […]

Press Release Fun: Middle Grade Twitter Chat!

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This week I received the following piece of info: “Mighty Media Press is hosting and moderating a Twitter chat on August 18th, with six middle grade authors to discuss how middle grade fiction can teach readers about creativity and imagination; and how it helps them confront and solve real-life struggles and conflicts. Our hope is […]