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Review of the Day: Healing Water by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Healing Water: A Hawaiian Story By Joyce Moyer Hostetter Calkins Creek (an imprint of Boyd Mills Press) $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-59078-514-0 Ages 10-14 On shelves now Leprosy just isn’t the hot topic of children’s historical fiction it could be. I mean, walk up to a kid and ask them what their primary associations with leprosy (today [...]

Review of the Day: Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery

Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival By Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery Illustrated by Jean Cassels Walker and Company $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-9754-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Children’s authors have commonly found that the only way to really write about a huge recent disaster for small tykes without irreparably scarring [...]

Review of the Day: Magic Trixie by Jill Thompson

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Magic Trixie By Jill Thompson Lettered by Jason Arthur Harper Collins $7.99 ISBN: 978-0-060117045-4 Ages 6-10 On shelves now You know how you’ll be prepared to dislike something and then, through no fault of your own, you are forced to take a close and in-depth look at the very thing you were trying to avoid? [...]

What Should I Review?

The year is almost done.  And by the plethora of reviews I’ve been whipping out, you can tell that I’m trying to cram in the last of my 2008 titles before the inevitable switchover. In general I am usually unable to review everything I’ve read in a given year.  Now I’m looking at 2009 as [...]

Review of the Day: Fiendish Deeds by P.J. Bracegirdle

The Joy of Spooking (Book One: Fiendish Deeds) By P.J. Bracegirdle McElderry Books (a Simon & Schuster imprint) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-3416-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Children that grow up in relative comfort, love, and sanity get sick of that stuff pretty early in. This is no reflection on the people who have raised them [...]

Frustrations with Agents

This comes from a writer friend who is currently trying to sprinkle salt on the tail of a literary agent and who is writing the requisite, courteous–indeed, obsequious letters Since being obsequious is hard on the nerves, this is the letter the writer would Dear Ms. N— Jenny S. recommended you as a literary agent, [...]

Video Sunday: Do you want the burrito or not?

Many videos.  Many many.  First up, the one I couldn’t embed.  Through the process of growing copious amounts of facial hair around the mouth-like part of the face, author/illustrator Adam Rex has finished his fundraising for underfunding classrooms to the tune of a sweet $1,120.  Now check out the video that goes along with his [...]

"I believe the Latin is monumentus serendipitus"

I received the most wonderful note from Carter Hasegawa via Goodreads the other day.  It was so pleasant that I felt inclined to post it on this blog.  He obliged me with his permission.  Check out this post, particularly if you’ve any interest in Ursula Nordstrom or Mary Stoltz. Lately while taking the T to [...]

Review of the Day – The Hinky Pink: An Old Tale by Megan McDonald

The Hinky Pink: An Old Tale By Megan McDonald Illustrated by Brian Floca A Richard Jackson book – Atheneum (a Simon & Schuster imprint) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-689-87588-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves now A good original fairy tale is a hard creature to conjure. To come up with a story of appropriate length, charm, and originality [...]

Press Release Fun: Kids Get to Vote for Comics

In the event that you happen to know a small child with adamant opinions on comics . . . thamar romero ∙ sr. publicist ∙ nickelodeon corporate communications ∙ t: 212.846.7491 ∙ m: 917.608.0429 Contacts:       Joanna Roses                    Thamar Romero                 212.846.7326                    212.846.7491 VOTING TAKES PLACE IN DECEMBER FOR [...]

Mock Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz Round-up: Part Two

How cool is this?  Check out this email I received from the esteemed author Jim Averbeck: I read your post yesterday where you gave a summary of the Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists out there. And I got to the comment where it seemed like trying to update your list with all the mocks would [...]

Christmas Post: A Kooky Conglomeration of Holiday Cheer

First off, I’ve started getting hooked on Sam Riddleburger’s webcomics.  I’m not sure why, but my brain naturally takes to his strange immoveable characters.  The series "Frank, the translator elf who wasn’t any good" will bring a snort to your nose.  This one was one of my favorites Over at Crooked House we see what [...]

Christmas Shopping for the Little Bird: What She Got

It’s okay.  She can’t read yet.  My mother-in-law might see this, but aside from that I don’t think I’ll be hurting anyone surprise-wise. Now that I have an actual flesh and blood child to purchase children’s books for (my niece), I’ve become rather selective in my choices.  The little Bird is 2-years-old at the moment [...]

Fusenews: Rule Number One, there are no rules. Rule Number Two, no outside food.

"My mother’s womb is a Trojan Horse, I tell you."  This is delightful.  We’ve returned to the days of serialized comics, and best of all they’re coming via Gene Yang, the fellow responsible for American Born Chinese.  You can read the different issues of his my-baby-sister-must-be-an-alien strip Prime Baby over at The New York Times.  [...]

Fusenews: Why Didn’t the Rest of the Country Warn Me About the Impending Snow?

Slate gives us the rundown on how to blog.  Point number two makes the most sense to me. "Don’t worry if your posts suck a little . Unless you’re Jeffrey Goldberg, your first blog post is unlikely to be perfect." Darn tooting.  I’m so glad I had a lot of time before anyone noticed my [...]