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Review of the Day – Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis

Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street By Michael Davis Viking (an imprint of Penguin) $27.95 ISBN: 978-0-670-01996-0 Ages: Adult December 26, 2008 Reviewed from galley The television show that can appeal to children and make parents feel like they are good parents and upright citizens for showing it to their kids, that is […]

Video Sunday: "When did I start drawing? When did you stop?"

A particularly profitable crop of videos this fine and frozen morning (snowfall has finally hit New York).  This first one will make your day.  Particularly if you feel your skin itch everytime you see another film or television personality with a "new book for kids".  Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black together skewer the idea […]

Mock Newberys and Mock Caldecotts: Who is Nominated the Most?

So what’s going to win the Newbery or the Caldecott?  That was the question posed by the CCBC-net listserv earlier this month, prompting people to post their Mock shortlists and final picks.  I’ve compiled the lot of them, ending with a final tally where I keep track of the books that have appeared on the […]

Fusenews: Do I Date Myself? Very Well Then, I Date Myself (I Am Old, I Contain Decades).

News for Friday: There was no news for Friday. Kidding!  Barely. I guess most children’s books turned into movies make it to the silver screen because some important hoo-ha somewhere loved it as a child.  That my own personal thought process behind the fact that Lois Duncan’s 1971 book Hotel for Dogs is only NOW […]

Getting a Taste for Some Tales for Little Rebels

There are few children’s literary academics that blog.  I will not say that there aren’t any out there, but to my mind there are far fewer than there should be.  That was one of several thoughts tip-toeing through my head as I entered the Bobst Library on the campus of New York University.  It’s funny […]

Fusenews: Pro-Selly-Tize

Clutches and mobiles and earrings, oh my!  Alison Morris has done us the ultimate favor in collecting the best possible book-related Etsy offerings.  If you’re getting in on some last minute shopping or have been brain dead until now, consider her your savior.  I was a fan of the bracelet that uses your favorite words […]

Review of the Day: Stella Stands Alone by A. LaFaye

Stella

Stella Stands Alone By A. LaFaye Simon and Schuster $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-1164-7 Ages 9-14 On shelves now There is nothing in this livelong world that I hate more than a dishonest historical novel. I mean it. Thumbtack the words “dishonest historical novel” to a dartboard and watch my aim fly true. I’m sure you know […]

Press Release Fun: The Skinny on What is Actually Happening with Macmillan & Co.

And a big thank you to Jennifer Doerr for forwarding this on: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2008   MACMILLAN ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF A CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING GROUP   DAN FARLEY NAMED PRESIDENT   SIMON BOUGHTON AND JEAN FEIWEL APPOINTED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & PUBLISHING DIRECTORS OF MACMILLAN CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING       John Sargent, CEO of […]

Coming Attractions

Maureen at Confessions of a Bibliovore sent out this challenge: "What are you most looking forward to in 2009?  Post it to your blog!" Ha ha!  I’ll do you one better.  I’ll show you what I’m looking forward to reading in ’09. First off, here’s a glance at my To Be Read in 2009 Shelf.  […]

Fusenews: Bite They Little Heads Off. Nibble on They Tiny Feet.

Monica has seen the new Tale of Despereaux movie and she says it’s okay.  I wasn’t a great fan of the book myself (the jovial physical violence and death of sympathetic characters without so much as a howdy-doo got under my skin) so I’m curious about the film.  Maybe I’d like it more than the […]

Review of the Day: There’s a Wolf at the Door by Zoe B. Alley

There’s a Wolf at the Door: Five Classic Tales By Zoe B. Alley Illustrated by R.W. Alley Roaring Brook Press $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-59643-275-8 Ages 4-8 On shelves now I admit it. I tend to root for the well-dressed baddies. I always have. When I was a child I would secretly root for Captain Hook over […]

Fusenews: "If two toucans, two hairy gnus can"

Sometimes when I am working the reference desk The President will pop his head in.  Not the President of this country mind (though I have a crazy plan for that possible weirdness) but natty man-about-town and President of the New York Public Library, Paul LeClerc.  It is always mildly disconcerting to see him, since NYPL […]

Video Sunday – Pretend There Are Actually Videos in This Post Edition

In spite of the embarrassment of riches I compiled this week, there will be no Video Sunday today because I am working on the last touches to my book.  More on that later.  In the meantime, please pretend there was something remarkably wonderful on the site today.  I’ll make it up to you later.

Fusenews: Everybody’s Working ON the Week-end (Including Me)

So I’m reading this article from Variety about how there may be a James and the Giant Peach musical coming out.  Ho hum.  And then I get to the part that says, "Bookwriter Timothy A. McDonald is planning on a reading of the project at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Conn., in 2009. McDonald is […]

Fusenews: What’s Green and Purple and Prefers That You Use Your Cell Phone in Designated Areas?

Psst.  Wanna hear something scary?  Come in close now . . . ready?  Christmas is in 2 weeks.  EEEEK!  Better than a monster mask, that one. Speaking of ye olde holiday cheer, how do you feel about ecards?  Do you like ’em?  Loathe ’em?  You might want to consider changing your attitude when you hear about this […]