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Review of the Day: Fanny by Holly Hobbie

Fanny By Holly Hobbie Little, Brown and Company $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-16687-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 1st Oh this just doesn’t make a jot of sense. It doesn’t. Look, under normal circumstances books with big flashy morals make me cringe. You know what I’m talking about. Books with agendas. The ones that foist some kind [...]

Fusenews: In which I get to say "Eat it, Hans Christian Andersen" with impunity

A big thank you to the oodles of people who attended my Kidlit Drink night last evening. And an apology to those I didn’t speak to (particularly everyone at Table #2). Still, I think we can give Bookmarks a high rating for their patient let’s-deal-with-a-sudden-influx-of-20+-people staff and for naming a drink Gin and the Giant [...]

Can the Librarians Be Holograms? Pretty Please?

New York Public Library has created a Digital Bookmobile.  Maybe these puppies are common in the wider world, but I’d certainly not heard of one before.  Pretty neat idea.  Check out this press release: Planning to be in Central Park on Sunday August 10 th ?  If so, stop by the Digital Bookmobile, where the [...]

Fusenews: "What about Ray Bradbury?" "I am aware of his work."

A Mr. Greg Hatcher recently reported on his vacation at the blog Comics Should Be Good in which he chronicled his trips to various used bookstores and the like.  Mr. Hatcher is primarily interesting in comics and graphic novels, but at one point he enters a store and finds a whole mess of Grosset and [...]

Review of the Day- Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

Alvin Ho

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things By Lenore Look Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Schwartz & Wade (imprint of Random House) $15.99 ISBN: 978- 0375839146 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Some people follow sports teams. Others follow the rise and fall of various celebrities. Children’s librarians, in contrast, are fans of children’s [...]

Fusenews: Punch and Disney

When I get excited I tend to just whoop.  Whoop Whoop Tomi Ungererer article in the New York Times Whoop Whoop Phaidon will be republishing his books here in America Whoop Whoop the film rights to The Three Robbers was bought by the Weinstein Company Whoop? Whoop erotic satire Whoop Whoop if you want to [...]

Kidlit Drink Night Reminder: Tomorrow (Tuesday) Night!

Chalk it into your dayplanners, folks.  We’re trying someplace new.  Could work, could be a bust, but one thing’s for certain.  These drinks’ll be pricey.  Still, who hasn’t ever wanted to visit The Library Hotel ? What: Kidlit Drink Night.  An informal gathering of people who just want to chat about children’s literature. When:  Tuesday, [...]

Video Sunday: A Good Week in Videos

Um.  This is the most amazing thing I’ve seen in a very long time. Now I have just one sentence for you: Post-apocalyptic library science educational television show from the 1980s.  What’s not to love? How to Eat Fried Worms even gets a shout-out.  Sublime. Thanks to Jennifer Schultz and LISnews for the link. Here [...]

Women, Comics, Williamsburg, and Large Low-Flying Critters

This past Monday I was privileged to moderate a panel of female graphic novelists and cartoonists as part of the Desk Set’s attempts to raise money for a group called Behind the Book here in town. Desk Set is a social networking group of librarians of all kinds, open to anyone and everyone.  Behind the Book, [...]

Fusenews: A Snowball’s Chance

It’s difficult to resist a post about the 25 Most Modern Libraries in the World like the one seen to the right here.  Many thanks to YPulse for the link. Neat!  I made it onto the Kidlit Conference Jeopardy list!  Remember to register for the upcoming children’s literary blogger conference if you haven’t already. Becky [...]

Children’s Literature In Canada: A Trip to a Land Where People Put Gravy on Fries

A good smattering of theater is definitely what the doctor ordered when we hit the bleary days of July.  Yet it seems that the only way this particular New York native is able to see the stuff is to hop in a rented car and drive to Canada for the Stratford, Ontario Shakespeare Festival once [...]

Fusenews: In Which I Get a Little Photo Crazy

Colleen Mondor at Chasing Ray and Gwenda Bond over at Shaken and Stirred  both have some great posts up that touch on the issue of class in children’s books.  Look through the titles on current bookstore shelves and find me the lower income contemporary kids that lead happy lives.  As Colleen said, "I don’t think economic [...]

Theater Watch: Duck for President

Great theater for kids is a hard one to find.  Well it looks as if the Lifeline Theatre KidSeries over in Chicago is doing a show well worth your eye.  Just in time for the presidential season they are preparing a musical version of Duck for President (book originally by Doreen Cronin).  This seems like [...]

Fusenews: Tis Was

I get a lot of books.  A lot.  Of books.  And simple mathematics tells me that unfortunately I cannot physically read all these books unless I A) Give up my job and B) Give up my blog (which somehow seems counterproductive).  Of course, there are still books I miss on top of this.  For example, [...]

Fusenews: The Readers and the Dead

Over my vacation I ate poorly and often, slept a lot, and didn’t exercise a jot.  In short, a good time was had.  However, my blogging muscles are now just as flabby as my bodily ones and I must get back in the rhythm pronto.  Here then is a little Fusenews, all rather old but [...]