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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

Tick …. tick …. tick …. tick …. Time is running out.  I’ve a shelf of books I’ve read and no time to review them all before the turn of the year renders them moot!  So let’s consider today to be a day of reviewing, reviewing, reviewing and we’ll see how many I can do [...]

Review of the Day: Red Moon at Sharpsburg

Red Moon at Sharpsburg By Rosemary Wells Viking (Penguin imprint) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0670036387 Ages 9 and up On shelves now As a child I wasn’t a fan of historical fiction. Or, at least, I didn’t think I was a fan. Truth be told I didn’t read many titles in that genre (embarrassing Sunfire Romances aside) [...]

Review of the Day: The Mine-o-saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

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The Mine-o-saur By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen Illustrated by David Clark Putnam Juvenile (Penguin imprint) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0399246425 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Books with a message are the most frightening kind of picture book on the planet. They can go real bad, real preachy, and real ugly real fast. Self-published authors love `em. So too do [...]

Review of the Day: Louisiana’s Song

Louisiana’s Song By Kerry Madden Viking (Penguin imprint) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-06153-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Here’s my general rule regarding sequels: If you can pick it up and read it through without knowing one teeny tiny detail about the previous book (and I am including the author’s name in that statement) and still feel [...]

Review of the Day: Four Legs Bad, Two Legs Good!

Four Legs Bad, Two Legs Good! By D.B. Johnson Houghton Mifflin $16.00 ISBN: 978-0618809097 Ages 4-8 On shelves now I remember the first time I saw this book. It was at an American Libraries Association meeting and I was strolling leisurely through the Houghton Mifflin booth on the convention floor. The order in which I [...]

Video Sunday – Last of 2007 Edition

I was on vacation until recently (cat and niece are well, thank you) and so my abundant videos are not necessarily on hand. Still, there were a couple links I discovered mere moments before taking off in that jet plane. This first one comes from Children’s Illustration and it is an ideal video to watch [...]

Review of the Day: Nacky Patcher and the Curse of the Dry-Land Boats

Nacky Patcher and the Curse of the Dry Land Boats By Jeffrey Kluger Illustrations by David Elliot Philomel (Penguin imprint) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0399246043 Ages: ???? On shelves now As a children’s librarian who reviews a book or two on the side, I’ve seen my fair share of new titles. And the one thing I almost [...]

Delicious Post-Christmas Tidbits

If you guys got the Special Double Issue of the December 28 – January 4th Entertainment Weekly (and really, who didn’t?) then turn to page 70. It’s the "Celebrity Must List" where famous people talk about the things they like. And look! Isn’t that Julia Roberts? What’s on her "must list"? Could it be . [...]

Review of the Day: Phooey!

Phooey! By Marc Rosenthal Joanna Cotler Books (Harper Collins imprint) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0060752484 Ages 4-8 On shelves now This will probably mark the fourth time today that I have attempted to sit down and write my review of this book. Attempt #1 was foiled when I looked at the art and was reminded of old [...]

Merry Ludachristmas, My Loves

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! Yep.  I’m in Atlanta.  Toasting my toes, watching my niece grow. And in keeping with the season I am gonna be good today.  Entirely on topic.  To begin, check it out.  I give you Moomin gingerbread houses all thanks to bookshelves of doom.  They’re even holding a raffle for the molds. [...]

Hot Men of Children’s Literature, Last in a Series

It began with Philip Nel. It ends with a man no less worthy. Not long ago Roger Sutton’s blog Read Roger featured a long elaborate conversation.  And inexplicably, in the course of it, the topic turned to The Hot Men of Children’s Literature.  Roger attracts an illustrious crowd.  The kind of people for whom this [...]

Video Sunday – Sitting in an Airport Staring Nothing Edition

Today I jump on a shiny jet plane and high-tail it to Atlanta, Georgia to stay with my in-laws. While there I intend to: 1. Visit my cat. I gave my in-laws my cat when the creature (named sometimes Larry, sometimes Gimlet, and sometimes Isaac) proved to be too doglike for my tiny Minneapolis apartment. [...]

Review of the Day: The Black Book of Secrets

The Black Book of Secrets By F.E. Higgins Feiwel and Friends $14.95 ISBN: 978-0312368449 Ages 9-12 On shelves now The power of the first page. A lot of authors don’t respect it these days. They’ll scribble down the first two mildly exciting sentences that pop into their brains, usually blowing the central conceit of their [...]

Holiday Cheer: Nitwit Tidbits of Kidlit

This week I’m getting a lot of my links from my husband. While I cover children’s literature, he covers screenwriting and graphic novels. Sometimes our interests converge, as they did with a recent link called 10 Best Animated Movies for Traumatizing Kids. Note the appearance of Watership Down. Though, admittedly, it can’t really compete with [...]

Micki Nevett

Monica Edinger has a lovely tribute up right now giving respect to fellow Newbery committee member and uber-librarian Micki Nevett, who passed away this Monday.  Micki was, by all accounts, a remarkable human being.  Some of you may have even have been her friend on Goodreads.  I know that I was, though I am sorry [...]