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A Fuse #8 Production
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Shake Some Speares

Off I go to get a jolt in the arm of culture via the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Sure, I may live in New York City, a place rumored to have theater of its own. But why hang about there when there’s a whole nation above us to view and enjoy? The spirit of [...]

File These Under "Misc."

Things have calmed down and shuffled two steps closer to normal.  The To Be Read piles in our homes are starting to lower.  We’re all beginning to get some interesting 2008 ARCs for consideration (always nice to have some in reserve for when the new year comes in).  It’s the final days of July 2007 [...]

Video Sunday

We begin with a tip of the hat to Cheryl Klein. Nightline interviewed her in the midst of the Harry Potter nuttiness and I was pleased to find that the video is on YouTube. I’m convinced that the other infotainment shows were kicking themselves when they found out that Cheryl is the most photogenic woman [...]

Review of the Day: The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

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The Owl and the Pussycat By Edward Lear Illustrations by Stephane Jorisch Part of the Visions in Poetry Series. KCP Press (an imprint of Kids Can Press) I’ve no beef with Edward Lear, but I’ve no particular love of him either. Best known for his sweet nonsense poems, Lear often comes off as a slightly [...]

Putting in OFF in Off-Topic

We’re in a goofy mood today.  Must be something in the water.  Brita water filters last for ten years or so, right? To business!  Now it is rare that I meet someone with children’s literary tastes that mimic my own.  Half the fun of working at the Central Children’s Room is that of the five [...]

Poetry Friday – The Collected Works of Susan Ramsey

Why It Didn’t Work It had seemed a reasonable idea,      to paint herself as this modest tributary in late March, frozen, but flowing under the ice.      A crumbling bridge, some discreet graffiti underneath, not easy to see but enough to forestall      criticisms of prettiness, to suggest disruption, tension. But subtle, subtle.  She [...]

Review of the Day: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part One)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.  Bloomsbury (British edition). $34.99. Big honking multi-pronged spoiler alert.  But you knew that anyway, did you not? I’ve known Harry Potter for eight years now. Eight years is a long time to know anyone, fictional or not. Since I first met him, Mr. Potter has remained [...]

Review of the Day: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part Two)

(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE) Rowling has suggested that someday she may return to the world o’ Potteria. She certainly leaves that door open with this book, and I’m okay with that. If it means following the adventures of Albus Severus Potter (are the initials "ASP" a parseltongue coincidence?) then I’m happy to do so. I [...]

Post-Potter Catharsis

*cracks neck* *shakes out shins* *elicits a rather disturbing POP from upper left-hand clavicle* Yes, I have finally finished the last Harry Potter book. I’d write a review of it here and now but I’m at the wrong computer at the moment. Consarn it. Until then, let’s bone up on various points of interest out [...]

Review of the Day: No Talking by Andrew Clements

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No Talking By Andrew Clements. Simon and Schuster. $15.99. For ages 9-12. Not all Andrew Clements novels are created equal, and that’s a fact. I mean, don’t get me wrong. This is true of most children’s authors. But sometimes I feel that with Clements, he’s always readable. Even if you feel that one book of [...]

Review of the Day: No Talking (Part Two)

(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE) Notes on the Cover: It’s interesting to me that even as Simon & Schuster has started to change their paperback covers of books like Frindle from the Selznick image to a new one, newer Clements books like “No Talking” are looking mighty similar to Clements’ earlier Selznickian works.  This one plays [...]

Found When Not Reading HP

Now is a dangerous time to be a kidlit blog reader. Venturing out in the murky waters of the Internet requires a skillful avoidance of anything and everything Potter-related (particularly if you haven’t finished the book yet). In a way it’s worse for me at work, though. I’ve a page who is a fanatical fan [...]

Harry Potter and the Curse of the Overexcited Kiddies (Part One)

Your average everyday Harry Potter party is only as good as your co-workers.  So when the Central Children’s Room of New York Public Library decides to celebrate the last book in a ridiculously popular series, you have to make it good.  And fortunately for me, my co-workers can only really be described as "godlike in [...]

Adventures in Soho: The Sweet and the Vicious (Part Two)

(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE) But that was just the beginning.  Because as you will note, I had a Kidlit Drink Night to attend to.  Ho ho! Fun Fact: When dressing up like Rita Skeeter there are certain dos and don’ts to bear in mind. DO: Wear high-heeled shoes to the party. DON’T: Wear high-heeled shoes [...]

Conclusion: Sweet Irony (Part Three)

(CONTINUED FROM PART TWO) Of course, I didn’t get my book there.  Dan did and he informed me that it was like the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  The books came out and suddenly everyone was waving their voucher tickets over their heads, screaming.  Not that this was any different from anywhere else [...]