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Review of the Day: An Artist’s America

An Artist’s America By Michael Albert Henry Holt and Company $17.95 ISBN: 978-0-8050-7857-2 Ages 5-10 On shelves April 29, 2008 Non-fiction Monday, yet again. Picture Book of the Day has the round-up. Pop quiz, hotshot: Name me all the children’s autobiographies of artists you can think of: GO GO GO! Not biographies, mind you. Autobiographies. […]

Fusenews: Hubba Wha

Can I get an amen?  Over at the Longstockings blog Lisa Graff wrote the following: "I’ve just read three alphabet books in a row, and here’s a thought: If you can’t think of something clever to do for X, don’t write an alphabet book. Next time I see one of these suckers I’m skipping directly […]

Video Sunday – Videos That Have Nothing to do with Easter Edition

For no reason whatsoever I felt inclined today to repost this video I showed on my blog at least a year and a half ago. This is a 14-year-old kid who, according to the video’s profile, wrote, directed, and starred in this film. In an odd kind of way, I believe it. Tired of doofuses […]

Happy Easter, Baby Bunnies!

What? Seriously, if you know of a more famous bunny in children’s literature, I’d like to hear it (Peter Rabbit, Little Bunny Foo-Foo, Brer Rabbit . . . .). Thanks to Gina Gagliano for the picture.  She’s always good for a splendid vampire pic, that Gina. And if you’d like less fangsome Easter fare, Crooked […]

Review of the Day: The Storyteller’s Candle / La Velita de los Cuentos

The Storyteller’s Candle / La Velita de los Cuentos By Lucia Gonzalez Illustrated by Lulu Delacre Children’s Book Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-89239-222-3 Ages 4-8 Bilingual – English/Spanish On shelves March 28, 2008 We children’s librarians are used to picture books pandering to us. It’s common knowledge. If an author wants some easy library lovin’ they […]

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 […]

We Are Currently Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Sorry, guys.  There’s something very very wrong with the SLJ website at the moment. Hopefully it will cure itself in the next few days. Fingers crossed!

The Big Three or Why Poets Have More Fun

A poetry post in March?  Outrageous!  Impossible!  Absurd! But when three distinguished children’s poets visit your library system, the polite thing to do is to blog about it a week later.  That, as I am given to understand it, is the official protocal in these matters.  I mean, I’ll have to check The Official Blogosphere […]

Poetry (Part Two)

(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE) Oh goody.  Now my character limit is back.  It just doesn’t get any better. Moving on . . . Finally there was Charles R. Smith Jr. who was a bit of a problem for some of my compatriots.  I don’t mind distractingly good-looking poets, but there were certainly those in the […]

Fusenews: Limping Along Edition

Did any of you read The Invention of Hugo Cabret and find yourselves wondering if you’d ever get a chance to see some of the great works of Georges Melies?  Well, I am pleased to report that a major piece of scholarship has gone down.  The New York Times recently reviewed a new box set […]

Fusenews: Tonstant Weading and Fwowing Up

Earworm of the Day: Georgy Girl.  That’s the song where they keep telling poor Georgy to cough up her hard earned cash and buy herself some new clothes.  If I were a YA author I’d make it into a book, title it Georgy Grr and she’d kick those singers all about town.  But I digress […]

Fusenews: Death and Great Strides in Bookmark Technology

I love me a good name.  Know who else does?  The Name of the Year blog.  They’ve got some beauties, I have to admit.  Perfect Engleberger.  Rockefellow Johnson.  Reprobatus Bibbs.  Authors looking for inspiration should check this one out (though 50% are just your basic potty names).  Thanks to Finding Wonderland for the link. Oz […]

Review of the Day: You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum!

You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum! By Andy Stanton Illustrated by Chad Dezern Harper Collins Publishers $9.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-115240-5 Ages 7-11 On shelves now Children’s books about miserly, nasty, no good, rotten old men go one of two ways. Either the old man is redeemed at the end and Tiny Tim lives, etc. etc. or […]

Review of the Day: No! That’s Wrong!

No! That’s Wrong! By Zhaohua Ji and Cui Xu Kane/Miller Book Publishers $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-933605-66-1 Ages 3-8 On shelves now Vast Quasi-Generational Fact of the Day: Underpants are funny. I’m sorry, but they are. Whether you call them bloomers or knickers or panties or undies, the fact of the matter remains that they amuse everybody. […]

Fusenews: Orange Baby Mice and French Rickshaws

Good news!  I use my free days at home to work on things that I would much prefer to put off.  Things like, oh I dunno, SCBWI Western Washington presentations.  I’ll be speaking at the 17th Annual Writing and Illustrating for Children Conference in Seattle on April 26-27th.  That means speeches.  Three of ’em to […]