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Review of the Day: Little Rooster’s Diamond Button

Little Rooster’s Diamond Button By Margaret Read MacDonald Illustrated by Will Terry Albert Whitman and Company $16.95 ISBN: 978-0807546444 Ages 4-8 On shelves now A story, before we begin. All children’s librarians working for the New York Public Library system go through an intensive training process. Part of that training involves storytelling. This means that […]

Talking Cats, Creative Writing, and the Muse that is Tuscan Milk

They tell me that now that everything has shrunk down on this site, I need to write intros and titles that really reach out and grab the average reader.  So I’m beginning today with something that makes me so very very happy that my cup overfloweth.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is something that will restore […]

Review of the Day: America Dreaming by Laban Carrick Hill

America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the ’60s By Laban Carrick Hill Little Brown & Company $19.99 ISBN: 978-0316009041 Ages 12 and up On shelves now Essentially what we have here is a book written about the children of the 50s and 60s for the children of the 00s, reviewed by a child of […]

Theater Watch: Lyle Lyle Crocodile

I’ve had a hankering lately to get into the fancy world of children’s literary adaptations.  Who can resist the siren call of the theater?  Not I!  With that in mind, I’m beginning a new spot on this blog:  Theater Watch.  Or should it be "Theatre" Watch?  Hm.  I’ll have to check this with my acting […]

Reporting: Simon & Schuster Spring 2008 Librarian Preview (Part Two)

(CONTINUED FROM SATURDAY) Oh, that reminds me. S&S isn’t like other publishers in that they don’t leave large piles of ARCs sitting about. So there were copies of most of the books they were talking about present… but only one each. So though I wanted a lot of these titles, I only took one home. […]

Bite Thy Nails In Anticipation, Peoples – The Coming of the Ambassador is Nigh

To the nub, preferably.  I just received the following missive.  Here’s the press release: First U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature to be Revealed on January 3, 2008 NEW YORK, NY December 13, 2007 – The Children’s Book Council (CBC), in association with the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book, will announce the […]

Video Sunday – Warm Films for a Cold Day

Well, not as much for you this week. In fact, I’ve spent most of my time ripping off poor Jarrett Krosoczka. He’s good for a YouTube video here and there. The first one here is undoubtedly my favorite. I believe that school plays are now being replaced by schoolYouTube videos. How else to explain this […]

Reporting: Simon & Schuster Spring 2008 Librarian Preview (Part One)

Avert thine eyes, oh paragons of blogging virtue! Yes, this here’s the Simon & Schuster Librarian Preview of the Spring 2008 season. You may wonder why I’ve never reported on the Simon & Schuster librarian previews of the past. That is because there weren’t any. None in my professional lifetime anyway. But S&S seemed ah-raring […]

Goodbye, Character Limits. Helloooo "Read More"

Lest you believe that I’ve suddenly grown lazy and am writing teeny tiny posts today, note the delightful little words "Read More" which are appearing on all my posts.  SLJ got rid of my character limits (hooray!) and in exchange everything has been shrunk on the page.  So fret not, gentle viewers.  Everything is as […]

Sculpture Fun II

Remember that post I wrote earlier in December about sculptures of children’s literary characters and where they could be located?  Good times, eh?  Well, apparently I missed a couple things here and there.  And since I’m fascinated with statuary and wish to catalog the lot of it, I’m keen to get down even more images.  […]

A Very Brief Smattering of News

Some sad news today. Via CNN: Fantasy author Terry Pratchett has admitted that he has been diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease — but says he plans to continue writing his multi-million selling Discworld books . . . . "Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there’s […]

When Brain Overfloweth, Bloggeth the Brain

Where’s my head? You may have noticed that it has gone AWOL. At the moment I’m trying to get rid of the picture that’s been gracing this blog lo these many months. The hope is that I could get a far more interesting one up instead. So far, the blog template has not been as […]

When Brain Overfloweth, Bloggeth the Brain

Where’s my head? You may have noticed that it has gone AWOL. At the moment I’m trying to get rid of the picture that’s been gracing this blog lo these many months. The hope is that I could get a far more interesting one up instead. So far, the blog template has not been as […]

Podcast Up Up and Away

Finally have a new podcast up.  This one has more booktalks and a bit of audio from my homeschooler bookgroup.  It also features me singing with myself, which is sick and wrong, so please do your utmost to keep this audio file away from the tender ears of your offspring. Found here: http://fusenumber8.blogspot.com/2007/12/show-6-musical-news-and-wacky.html

A Meeting of the Literary Cafe: Street Lit

It’s here again!  The Children’s and Young Adult Literary Cafe is meeting this Saturday with a topic that I would dare say has almost never been discussed in a YA format before.  Street Lit.  Check out the details: We have finalized our plans for the upcoming meeting of the Literature Cafe!  Please join us for […]