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Review of the Day: Airman

Airman By Eoin Colfer Hyperion $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4231-0750-7 Ages 8-15 On shelves now How Not to Review a Book: Do not begin your review by jumping off into some big old rant about how you never liked anything the author wrote before, particularly if you are about to praise their newest novel. Do not use [...]

Review of the Day: Me Hungry!

Me Hungry! By Jeremy Tankard Candlewick $15.99 ISBN: 978-0763633608 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 22, 2008 New authors and illustrators arrive on bookstore and library shelves every day. They pour out of design schools, writing classes, marketing firms, law schools, you name it, and every single one of them wants to be the one that [...]

Fusenews: Now That’s Edutainment (shudder)!

Research, wikis, myth-busting, and Snapple all coincide with librarian Roxanne Feldman’s current project with her school’s fourth graders.  "My daughter has always been fascinated by those Snapple ‘Real Facts’ under their bottle caps. Not long ago, a few odd-sounding ‘facts’ piqued my interest and I started to verify the validity behind each fact we encountered. [...]

New Podcast Up!

Got a new podcast or two up today.  Show #8 has news, booktalks, and a selection from the TOON Books Q&A held in Philadelphia this past January at the ALA Conference.  If you would like to hear the full audio for that event (which is to say, Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly being charming at [...]

Authors Authors All Around and Quite a Lot to Drink

This is just going to be one of those posts where I talk all about the very nice authors/illustrators I met recently and to start I’m going to begin with a treat.  Illustrator Andy Mitchell out of a clear blue sky sent me these amazing sketches of the most recent SCBWI Conference and has kindly [...]

Fusenews: The Brave Little Wiki

Just some quickies here today, folks. Good news.  I have a new addiction in my life.  The kind of thing that could easily eat up full hours of my day without so much as a blink on my part.  Recently I’ve been submitting my blogged reviews, ALL my blogged reviews, to the Children’s Literature Wiki, [...]

Review of the Day: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow By Jessica Day George Bloomsbury $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-59990-109-1 Ages 10 and up On shelves now As I see it, there are two different ways to adapt a fairy tale into a full-length novel. You can either reinterpret the entire shebang with a whole new spin on the formerly familiar [...]

Review of the Day: Women Daredevils – Thrills, Chills, and Frills

Women Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frills. By Julie Cummins Illustrated by Cheryl Harness Dutton (a division of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-525-47948-2 Ages 8-12 On shelves now Non-fiction Monday.  Picture Book of the Day has the round-up. If there’s one thing I know about human beings it is this: They’re much more likely to pay attention [...]

Video Sunday – Death Comes to the Wild Things

I’ve always said that there has never been and will never be a successful adaptation of a picture book into a full-screen motion picture. And then, for just about half a second, I was about to be proved wrong. This week a scene from the new Spike Jonze/David Eggers version of Where the Wild Things [...]

Spotlight: Monica Edinger

I mentioned last week that the next person who would be visiting my library for our monthly Children’s and YA Literary Cafe would be none other than children’s literary blogger, teacher, author, and former Newbery committee member Monica Edinger.  Monica (shown here with her buddy Jon Scieszka) is one of those people that is almost [...]

Review of the Day: How Mama Brought the Spring

How Mama Brought the Spring By Fran Manushkin Illustrated by Holly Berry Dutton (a division of Penguin Young Readers Group) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-525-42027-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves now When you live in a climate that has distinct seasons, you learn basic elemental truths; at a certain point in any given year you are going to [...]

Fusenews: Sparkly Vampires and Presidential Fowl

New Blog Alert: 123oleary is the first.  It comes from author Sara O’Leary who wrote my favorite picture book of 2006, When You Were Small.  Vintage Kid’s Books My Kids Love is the second.  I hope she includes a couple vintage books that the kid doesn’t love as well.  Just to spice up the pot. [...]

Overheard at Donnell

Small Child: I’m allowed to read scary books, but only if they’re about God.

Spotlight: G. Neri and Jesse Joshua Watson

A week or two ago I had the pleasure of sitting down to drinks with author G. Neri and illustrator Jesse Joshua Watson.  If their names come within spitting distance of a memory, it’s probably because they were responsible for last year’s title Chess Rumble, published by Lee & Low.  Chess Rumble appeared on the [...]

Review of the Day: Thoreau at Walden

Thoreau at Walden By John Porcellino The Center for Cartoon Studies (Hyperion) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4231-0038-6 Ages 9 and up On shelves April 22, 2008 Credit The Center for Cartoon Studies with this much; it isn’t your everyday average run-of-the-mill comic book variety factory. I mean, any schlub can slap together a bunch of panels, paste [...]