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Fusenews: Putting the Id in Kid-Friendly

  • That feeling I feel right now is, I believe, referred to as relief. has just released the first images of the filmed version of Where the Wild Things Are.  The reason they look so good?  It’s what they call "production values".  Other movies should take note.  Thanks to Wilson Swain for the link.

  • The 2009 nominees of The Edgar Awards   were announced the other day.  And sad sad sad, I’ve read only one of these, and reviewed zero.  I hadn’t even heard of the Seabrooke novel either!  Here they are:

Best Juvenile:

The Postcard
by Tony Abbott
Enigma: A Magical Mystery by Graeme Base
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Witches of Dredmoore Hollow by Riford McKenzie 
Cemetary Street by Brenda Seabrooke

No Nancy Springer?  No Enola Holmes?  No friggin’ Doppleganger Mysteries?  Tsk to the tsk to the tsk tsk tsk.  Thanks to bookshelves of doom for the info.

  • I needed a laugh the other day.  Go Fug Yourself provided with this reference to Dementors that made me feel particularly cheered. 

Capitol Choices is a group of librarians, teachers, booksellers, children’s literature specialists, and magazine editors who work in cities, in suburbs, and in rural areas in and around Washington, D.C.  It’s a cool idea for a group.  And now they’ve come out with their 2009 list of the best books and audiobooks for children and teens.  Give it a look if you’ve half a mind to.

  • A supplement to my interview with Mark Blevis about the death of the Hot Men of Children’s Literature (not literally . . . that would be bigger news) has been posted.  Now with cute movable sheep!

  • I don’t why it never occurred to me before, but writing groups were practically MADE for group blogging.  What could be more logical?  The thought hit me on the head after I saw the blog Pen Tales by five up-and-comers.  It’s new, so give it time, but something to watch and emulate if you’re in a similar situation certainly.

  • My assumption is that this is fairly self-explanatory, but maybe not.  Authors, when children write tepid reviews of your books online, whatever you do don’t reply.  Maybe you have only their best interests at heart, but there is just no way you can come off sounding good.  Thanks to bookshelves of doom for the link.

  • John Shableski of Diamond Book Distributors sent me some information on an upcoming academic graphic novel symposium happening at Fordham University.  "If you look closer though, you will see how much further along the academic world is with graphic novels.  I have always been aware of various projects around the country but it felt as if they were more or less isolated developments.  This pretty much blows that out of the water." Check it out if you don’t believe him.

  • Daily Image:

Someone sent this to me.  I wish I knew who.  From LISnews:


About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Are these the first ever Kidlit Skateboards?

    No, as it turns out, there was a Harry Potter board.
    There was also a presumably unlicensed Cat in the Hat board used by Jason Lee.
    And then, of course, there was the “Secret of the Andes” snowboard.

  2. Be sure to see the resolution to the book review contretemps:

  3. I named my son Max after Where the Wild Things Are. I am so excited for the movie–those pictures are just purely awesome!

  4. Thanks for the Fug link. I needed a laugh.

  5. We circulate Groundhogs at our library — for one week. Plus three foot long tigers and cows and other puppets, including a huge tarantula spider. -wendie Old