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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Boys Becoming Men. Men Becoming Wolves.

A little about myself.  I am the kind of person who finds a link out of season and then clings to it for months on end, just waiting for the right time of year to pop up. As such, I’ve had this link to the skeletal systems of cartoon characters for almost a full year. [...]

And For Those of You Less Halloween Inclined . . .

. . . . normal news. Depending on your definition of "normal". Depending too on your definition of "news". From Cynopsis: Kids!:  Ballet Shoes (1×95) is a family drama produced by Granada for the BBC . Based on author Noel Streatfeild’s 1936 book Ballet Shoes , the movie stars Emma Watson (ya know Hermione from [...]

Robert’s Snowflakes

And, of course, here are today’s snowflakes. Shawna Tenney at Kate’s Book Blog Adam Rex at Booktopia and Welcome to my Tweendom Mo Willems at MotherReader Rolandas Kiaulevicius at a wrung sponge

Review of the Day: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow By Gris Grimly Atheneum (S&S imprint) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1416906254 Ages 5 and up On shelves now You ever get that feeling where a book comes out and your immediate reaction is, “WELL, IT’S ABOUT BLOODY TIME!”? I tend to get this feeling only about books that it never would have [...]

Review of the Day: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Part Two)

(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE) Let’s admit something together right now. A certain strain of American has probably seen the Disney version of the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at least once in their lives. As such, certain images and phrases from this book have a hard time separating themselves from that oddly faithful (just our luck) [...]

Monsters Are Forever, Forever, Forever . . .

Monsters are as big a part of Halloween as ghosts, vampires, and pumpkins.  They feed off of our fears and they’ve been around for quite some time.  Today, an interview with Nina Hess.  She is the author of A Practial Guide to Monsters.  Fuse #8: The rise in guides to magical creatures of one sort [...]

New Podcast: Two Changes

The newest podcast for A Fuse #8 Production: Podcast Edition is live and there are some changes.  First, I am now saving these files as MP3 files, which are far easier to download than previous shows have been.  Second, instead of doing book reviews (which aren’t particularly original or interesting) I will now be doing [...]

Robert’s Snowflakes

Jen Robinson was kind enough to write the following: As you know if you’ve been visiting any children’s book blogs for the past few weeks, Robert’s Snow is an online auction that benefits Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Over 200 children’s book illustrators have created art on individual snowflake-shaped wooden templates. The snowflakes will be auctioned off, [...]

Review of the Day: The Scary States of America

With Halloween nigh, I hereby dedicate this week to Halloween-related postings.  Reviews, news items, the whole kerschmozzle.  It’s a spooky time of year, so let’s get a couple good spooky books on the shelves.  Here’s today’s contribution. The Scary States of America By Michael Teitelbaum Delacorte Books (Random House imprint) $7.99 ISBN: 978-0385733311 Ages 10 [...]

Feeling Up Movies Stars and Discussing Dirty Money

A couple comic strips take a glance at the outing of Dumbledore, for whatever it’s worth.  You may locate them here and here. Plus Allison over at ShelfTalker has a great piece on the subject. Worth the Trip did a round-up of her own as well (and I enjoyed her line, "Okay, so what’s the [...]

Robert’s Snowflakes

Yesterday’s snowflakes were: Barbara Garrison at Brooklyn Arden Kelly Murphy at ChatRabbit Ashley Wolff at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy And today’s snowflakes are: Dan Santat at Writing and Ruminating Joanne Friar at The Longstockings Alissa Imra Geis at Wild Rose Reader  Diane Greenseid at Just One More Book!! Sean Qualls at [...]

Video Sunday . . . Yeah, Not So Much

It’s been a while since I chooched out on a post.  Yesterday evening we had a lovely Halloween costume party, this morning I posed for a newspaper article on Guitar Hero (more on that later), and on top of all that my mother-in-law is in town.  Needless to say, Video Sunday is not forthcoming.  Next [...]

Reporting: Society of Illustrators October 18th Original Art Exhibit

Herein lies my official report on The Original Art Exhibit as hosted by the Society of Illustrators once a year.  As the exhibit’s chair, Diane Goode, puts it, ” ‘The Original Art’ is an annual exhibition that celebrates the fine art of children’s book illustration in the best possible way.  This exhibit offers illustrators an [...]

Reporting: The Robert’s Snow Raffle of Original Art

Afterwards I went to the bar Baker Street to get the raffle underway.  As you may recall, Jarrett Kroschka came up with this great idea to raffle off original pieces of art by fellow artists to whosoever wanted to come.  Artists would sometimes surreptitiously slip me a piece here and there during the earlier event [...]

Robert’s Snowflakes

Them thar’s snowflakes. Them thar’s awesome. Them thar’s worth giving a looksee. Sarah Dillard at The Silver Lining Julie Fromme Fortenberry at Your Neighborhood Librarian John Hassett at cynthialord’s Journal Abigail Marble at Please Come Flying