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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Fusenews: Tra La La, La La

  • Winnie-the Pooh and Company are safely ensconced in their new digs and boy, do they look mighty nice.  I have to admit, our old case had a timeworn quality to it.  This new one?  They look almost like they’re in a museum.  Heavens.

  • Anastasia Suen has created the ultimate Children’s and YA Lit Blog Reviewer’s List.  The general idea is that if you are a publisher or author and you’d like to know which blogs may or may not be interested in looking at your titles, the list provides information on what each kidlit blog prefers to review.  It doesn’t mention little things, like the fact that I only review books from the current publishing year, but it’s a great resource for those people unaware of who reviews whichwhat.

  • Bad, PBS!  Bad bad bad!  It isn’t enough that you’ve sold out to become competitive?  Now you actually have to start charging people for your PBS Kids Play website?  What on earth?!?  I can say nothing on this subject that my colleague Walter Minkel hasn’t already said beautifully.  In short, "Grrrr!"

  • You’ve all seen the American covers of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s The Dead and Gone.  But have you seen the British cover???

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A sweet kid from a performing arts school that I lent my copy to finally returned it to me today.  Because I obviously don’t have enough to read.  ARG!

  • It’s ALIVE!!!!  Remember all that talk half a year ago about the Canadian prequel to Anne of Green Gables that was going to hit our bookstore shelves?  I bet you forgot all about it, didncha?  Well looky looky what Britain’s Puffin Blog just printed for one and all to see:

  • Far be it for me to start cooing over anything a chief children’s book buyer says, but when Wayne Winstone left the British book chain Waterstone’s, one of the first things he did was speak at a Children’s Book Circle event called "Death of the Picture Book . . . My Arse!"  I am firmly of the belief that Americans need to start using the term "arse" more often.  Who’s with me?

  • And finally, because I love you all, a simply beautiful Poetry Nightstand.  Thanks yet again to BB-Blog for the link.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Je l’adore — but did you notice the small note “There is not a lamp included in the price” (and they don’t give the price, either, durn it.)

  2. Yeah, it looks like they want you to download the whole catalogue to find the price. Very odd.

  3. I was sad about Pooh and Co. being moved, but I agree, they look pretty good in their new home. I think it’s the wood paneling—very classy!