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Fusenews: Then They Came for Rainbow Brite, and I Still Said Nothing

A very funny first post starts of the Battle of the (Kids’) Books and gets the ball rolling.  Plus the fancy dancy brackets are up and there’s more than one doozy in the mix.  Who will win?  Will Jon Scieszka prefer The Graveyard Book or The Trouble Begins at 8 (I honestly have no idea)?  [...]

Review of the Day: The Problem with the Puddles by Kate Feiffer

The Problem with the Puddles By Kate Feiffer Illustrated by Tricia Tusa Paula Wiseman Books (Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-4961-9 Ages 8-12 On shelves now It didn’t grab me at first. Not the first chapter. Not necessarily the second either. As a children’s librarian that reads whole mountains-worth of children’s literature I have to [...]

Kidlit Drink Night Reminder

Quickie reminder.  Kidlit Drink Night is tonight.  And a double reminder that the bar is below the street level, so keep that in mind.  I’ve two competing schedules at work that day.  One say I get off at 5.  The other says I get off at 6.  So hopefully I’ll be there on time, but [...]

Video Sunday: Xavier Says Ha Ha Ha, We Have Nothing in Common

Slagsmålsklubben – Sponsored by destiny from Tomas Nilsson on Vimeo. Undoubtedly you already saw this video on Horn Book or Children’s Illustration, but I don’t mind following suit.  There’s something intense about the sheer level of quantification shown here.  One begins to wonder how it might apply to other fairy tales.  Say, Hansel & Gretel, [...]

Fun Facts About the Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Hey, dude.  The 40th Anniversary of the Coretta Scot King Book Awards is nigh.  Full credit to Meghan Clinton for typing up this list of facts: CORETTA SCOTT KING BOOK AWARDS 40TH ANNIVERSARY FUN FACTS     Lillie Patterson was the first author to receive the Coretta Scott King Book Award for “Martin Luther King, [...]

Fusenews: A Strange Unwieldy Sense of Loss

My Twilight bag finally bit the dust yesterday. It had been a gift from Little, Brown & Company. A red and black bag with the words "The Twilight Saga" emblazoned on the side.  I’ve never made much secret of my mirth when it comes to all things sparkly vampire, but this bag was different. It [...]

Review of the Day: Dinotrux by Chris Gall

Dinotrux By Chris Gall Little, Brown and Company $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-02777-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves June 1st Once in a while a picture book author will mix dinosaurs in with another popular genre. The logic behind this is clear. If dinos sell and trains sell, why not write something like All Aboard the Dinotrain? As [...]

The Library-Lovin’ Challenge

Bloggers are some of the most selfless people I know.  They’re constantly doing good work, contributing to goodly causes, and being rather upstanding citizens in the process.  And, of course, by "bloggers" I actually mean to say "other bloggers". Not me. I’m sort of a leech on society. I’m high profile but I don’t actually [...]

Fusenews: And Then He Ate Twenty-Two Cupcakes. But He Was Still Hungry.

I’m going to start a movement.  A movement that will get my favorite children’s literary blogs published as books.  The fact that Peter at Collecting Children’s Books hasn’t been snapped up for publication leaves me breathless and befuddled (I mean, did you see his piece on Maurice Sendak’s ACTUAL first book?).  And as for Seven [...]

Poem of the Day: For Poetry Friday

"HOW DOTH THE GLIB LIBRARIAN" By Robin Rose Yuran How doth the glib librarian Strive mightily to please; She crosseth both her little i’s And dotteth all her T’s. But grizzled adversarian Doth rob her dewey glow; He pillage page and cracketh spine As through the stacks he go. That snaggle-toothed barbarian With atavistic chin, [...]

Review of the Day: Adventures in Cartooning

Adventures in Cartooning By James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-59643-369-4 Ages 7 and up On shelves March 31st Too often a kid will walk into a library, ask for a book on drawing, and be taken to the requisite “How to Draw a [Blank:]” [...]

For Your Consideration: The Where the Wild Things Are Trailer

Many thanks to Jana Warnell for the link.  

Children’s Literary Cafe: April

My newest creation. Those of you with a taste for theater may enjoy this one: The Children’s Literary Cafe at the new Children’s Center at 42nd Street is pleased to announce our event on Saturday, April 4 th at 2:00 p.m.: What does it take to adapt a work of children’s literature from the page [...]

One Shot Recs Over the Fence: Ultra-Violet Catastrophe!

I believe it was Colleen Mondor of Chasing Ray who came up with the original notion: "I know that we all review books all the time but honestly half the time (or more) we are reviewing good books that are not necessarily books we love. How many gush worthy books do we write about? So [...]

Fusenews: So If I Have the Algorithm Correct, Reviews Are to Cupcakes as Books Are to Cakes

My library has not experienced the run on Alexander Key I’d hoped for with the release of the film Race to Witch Mountain.  Some of you may recall that the original Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain was actually based on Alexander Key’s children’s novel of the same name.  I anticipated that perhaps a publisher [...]