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Fusenews: You Fuse You Snooze

  • Arthur A. Levine, the man who brought Harry Potter to America, needs your help.  Like myself he’ll be presenting at the upcoming SCBWI Regional Conference and he had a query (posted on Cheryl Klein’s blog ) concerning this presentation: “What the heck is an eff’n Gee ?”: An editor answers your questions about the mysterious language of publishing.”  His question concerns the subject matter:  "Come prepared with questions you’ve had about the publishing process: from confusing technical language you’ve heard and read, to difficult concepts you’ve struggled with in group and individual feedback. Arthur Levine will do his best to demystify and enlighten." "What I’m looking for are some other good examples of confusing or opaque lingo that I should come prepared to discuss at this session…."

Give Arthur your questions or suggestions  here .

  • J.L. Bell isn’t the only one around here with a Batman and Robin connection. Just this past week-end I hosted penciller David Baldeon on my living room futon.  If you’ve an interest in uber-geekery, check out some of his mighty cool works here and here .

  • Until today I was unaware that author/illustrator Marla Frazee had the world’s greatest studio.  Don’t believe me?  Look with your own eyes. Just go to her website and click on the "Studio" link.  Thanks to Sarah Miller for the link. 

Maureen Dowd invokes the wordplay of Seuss regarding a current political situation.  Says she, "Before they devour themselves once more, perhaps the Democrats will take a cue from Dr. Seuss’s ‘Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!’ (The writer once mischievously redid it for his friend Art Buchwald as ‘Richard M. Nixon Will You Please Go Now!’)" Clever girl.  Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.

  • Peter over at Collecting Children’s Books celebrates the 100th anniversary of the novelty title The Hole Book. I wasn’t familiar with this title, though I’ve always been a fan of author Peter Newell’s The Slant Book (shown here)

Regarding the aforementioned Hole Book, you would think a 100th anniversary would constitute a reprinting, would you not?  According to Peter this happened in 2001, which is nothing short of amazing.  I mean, consider that content.  A kid picks up a gun, shoots it, and we follow the aftermath of the bullet which happens to include a now seriously dead cat.  I’ve been talking to some people lately about adding Tintin to our children’s collection, but my husband pointed out how frequently Tintin carried a gun.  And certainly guns get books banned once in a while (Pinkerton, Behave and The Amazing Bone have both been victims of this).

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. J. L. Bell says:

    Of the two links for David Baldeon’s work, only the second gets one to, well, David Baldeon’s work. The first offers links to pages that display the covers of comic books he’s contributed to, but these days the covers are often (usually?) drawn by different artists from those that handle the inside.

    The second link shows Baldeon’s penciling in detail, including a full-page, end-of-magazine image of both Robin and Nightwing. (Former Robin, for those of us who care deeply about such things.)