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Review of the Day: Minders of Make-Believe by Leonard Marcus

Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature By Leonard S. Marcus Houghton Mifflin $28.00 ISBN: 978-0-395-67407-9 On shelves now This is a review certainly, but it is also a look at how librarians fit within Marcus’s take on the publishing industry, past and present. When you are aware of your [...]

Stupid Silly Computer

Well I would make a new video for you.  But silly me, I just shot waaaaay too much footage the other day.  So much so that my computer is telling me that I don’t have space to edit it.  So I may have to wait until I return home and my clever husband can help [...]

Busy Little Bee

Here’s a quick and dirty look at some of the images I’ve seen over the last day or two. If I can post more later today, I will certainly attempt to do so. In the meantime . . .  Today I will be attending the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet. Now maybe I’m just being mean here, but [...]

The American Library Association Conference 2008: The Conference Floor

The more people that are around me, the less I want to talk to a camera in front of my face.  So here’s my last update from the floor for the day.  Watch as I personally butcher almost everyone’s name at one point or another.

The American Library Association Conference 2008: Conventional Wisdom (haha!)

Things are going well! I’m snatching blogging time whenever I can. Here’s the latest from the convention hall itself.  Feel free to tell me what you want to see.  I’m all over the map today, but I want to hear suggestions.

The American Library Association Conference: The Arrival (sans Shaun Tan)

It wasn’t until dinner that night that Jen Robinson suggested that the song Hotel California would have paired beautifully with this examination of my traveling facilities. Woulda coulda shoulda.

Review of the Day: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games: Book One By Suzanne Collins Scholastic, Inc. $17.99 ISBN: 978-0439023481 Ages 12 and up October 1, 2008 Clearly Gregor was merely the prelude. Suzanne Collins, you’ve been holding out on us, missy. As an author we were accustomed to your fun adventures involving a boy, his sister, and a world beneath our [...]

What to Bring to the American Library Association Conference 2008

This one is thoroughly unpleasant to the eye.  I have since learned that it is because I used fluorescent lighting and that’s a no-no with YouTube videos.  Apparently they can’t handle it and everything flickers and becomes herky jerky as a result.  If you do care to watch it, pretend that you’re watching a silent [...]

Review of the Day: The Boy Who Wouldn’t Share by Mike Reiss, illustrated by David Catrow

The Boy Who Wouldn’t Share By Mike Reiss Illustrated by David Catrow Harper Collins $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-059132-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Mike Reiss and David Catrow appear to be starting an unofficial picture book series of sorts. Wasn’t that long ago that I walked into a bookstore and found myself staring at an odd [...]

Fusenews: Cupcakes! . . . and other stuff too, I guess

A recent post on Read Roger that mentioned how media producers are shutting out professional reviewers intrigued me. One of the reasons perhaps may be that, "the considerable majority of those who regularly review films in Britain are . . . white males over the age of 40 who tend to prize originality over repetition and [...]

Roger That, Houston. We Have a Visual.

It has begun.  In preparation for the ALA Conference I’ve been tinkering around with video blogging.  Here is the result of my findings.  It’s pretty scratchy and dark and the quality is low, but I think I’ll be able to avoid all of that in future.  Check it out.  As I say, expect more of [...]

Fusenews: The Mystery of the Curious Wild Thing

  I was reading the Oz and Ends recap of the A Year of Reading recap of a recent talk given by Scott McCloud and Jeff Smith.  And most intriguing indeed was Mary Lee’s statement, "Insider trivia: Check for similarities between Smith’s dragon and Doonesbury ‘s Zonker."  Now I’m a huge old-school Doonesbury fan (where’s [...]

Scooping the Children’s Bookshelf

I go to a book release party and how can I not publish one of the cool pics from the event?  Not long ago Melanie Hope Greenberg celebrated the release of her new picture book Mermaids on Parade at the bar/restaurant Superfine.  Pictured here are Superfine’s manager Tanya Rynd, editor Tim Travaglini (a man who [...]

Fusenews: The One Flaw with Summer? Mushy Apple Season.

ooo!  Most loathed books from the critics at The Times!  Makes me think of my own beloved/despised list.  I mean, there’s the Triumvirate of Mediocrity , of course. They’ll always have the sweetest place in my heart (particularly after I read Laura Lutz’s Reason #2  the other day). Thanks to bookshelves of doom for the [...]

Review of the Day: Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

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Rapunzel’s Revenge By Shannon Hale and Dean Hale Illustrated by Nathan Hale Bloomsbury $18.99 ISBN: 978-1599900704 Ages 10 and up On shelves now A popular novelist may be prone to looking at the whole of their oeuvre. They consider their past works, look to the future, and decide to write a graphic novel. What makes [...]