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Book Proposal

Seriously, someone should turn the song Werewolf Bar Mitzvah from 30 Rock into a picture book.  I have nothing more to add. See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

Halloween Mega Post

I am precisely the kind of person who secretly collects and stores away posts that I think will be particularly good and interesting for the coming Halloween Day. I do it all year until my favorite holiday arrives and then BAM!  Instant post content.  So let us see what the fairies of children’s literature have [...]

Reporting: Harper Collins Spring 2009 Library Preview

You guys are fairly familiar with the drill on these right?  Publisher invites librarians to brunch.  Librarians eat food.  Librarians listen to roster of upcoming books.  Librarians are laden down with ARCs.  It’s all very standard in NYC, but with one catch.  When the Spring ’09 books start rolling out, that’s when the restraints of [...]

Today is Join Some Kind of an Organization Day

Nah, not really.  I’m just too lazy to write up a review, a publisher preview, or a Fusenews.  Instead, let’s look at two worthy organizations you can join for fun. Note: I wrote this entire post out, saved it, and it disappeared from sight when I came back to edit it.  So, basically I’m a [...]

Library Cubs Information

Press Release Fun: Give the Kid in the Red Snowsuit a Chance!

This just in from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.  You know, picture book authors and illustrators should be so lucky as to have a foundation established in their name.  Not only does it sound neat but you get your creations possibly placed on stamps n’ such.  Posthumously, sure, but it’s still cool.  From the press [...]

Fusenews: I Don’t Pity the Motorcyclist. I Envy the Motorcyclist.

This is one of those situations where I heard about a site from a co-worker but then forgot who the original source was.  In any case, someone (perhaps on a listserv?) had wondered whether or not there were any "fake" websites out there that could help teach kids about checking sources and not trusting everything [...]

Review of the Day: Chiggers by Hope Larson

Chiggers By Hope Larson Lettered by Jason Azzopardi Ginee Seo Books, Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-3584-1 Ages 10 and up On shelves now Let it be known that I never went to summer camp as a kid. Family historians disagree over the root cause of this. I am under the [...]

Video Sunday: Pipe Wrench Fight!

Illustrator Dan Santat is now the proud father of a beautiful bouncing baby boy.  But before this happened he was also the creator of this truly fabulous book trailer.  It’s for Anne Isaacs’ "The Ghosts of Luckless Gulch" (a book I’ve been meaning to take a peek at) and is a fine example of how [...]

Three Words: Antique. Toy. Cats.

Bill Kartalopolous let me know about this with the sentence, "As an added attraction, Kim and his wife Pam will be showing off examples from their extensive collection of antique toy cats."  How are you supposed to say no to that?  From the press release: For immediate release CONTACT: Karl Erickson kerickson@moccany.org 212 254-3511 Legendary [...]

Egg Zen

I’ve not much time to post today.  I’m holding a 90s Prom Party tonight (long story) and need to figure out how to adequately spike my own punch. In the meantime, why don’t you just sit and ponder these pictures of the Paolini Brisingr egg, currently housed in my library.  I only recently came in [...]

Fusenews: Containing a Single Pun of Which I Am Not Proud

How big a children’s literary fan are you?  What would you be willing to do to justify your love?  Would you be willing to buy a home constructed by author/illustrator Barbara Cooney‘s grandparents?  Well, sharp-eyed Dan Levy sent me this fascinating item with some additional information: "Brownstoner today has an item about the Bossert Hotel [...]

A Dip Into the Reader Query Mailbag

I don’t usually pull out reader comments and make them into full-blown blog pieces, but I found this question posed by Hope yesterday particularly interesting.  As she said: Betsy, it seems like your blog focus has shifted somewhat since landing under the SLJ banner. I used to find more titles I hadn’t already heard of [...]

Review of the Day: Boots and Pieces by Emily Ecton

Boots&Pieces

Boots and Pieces By Emily Ecton Aladdin (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $5.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-6167-3 Ages 8-12 On shelves now Straight-to-paperback works of fiction do not tend to win great and prestigious literary awards. The term “paperback writer” has never been a term one strives to attain (unless you happen to find yourself in [...]

Fusenews: Everyone’s Interviewing But Me (and I’m okay with that)

This is apt.  So I’m currently reading Melissa Anelli’s Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon (due out in November, I believe).  Anelli is perhaps best known for her HP fansite The Leaky Cauldron and let me tell you, there is no odder [...]