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Press Release Fun: 30 Poets, 30 Days – An Incredible Line Up

Poetry Month is going to have it fair share of cool events and venues.  In the children’s literary blogosphere, however, only one guy has the hook up.  That would be Gregory K. of Gotta Book.  Check out what he has going on for the upcoming month: I’m incredibly excited to announce the first annual 30 […]

Press Release Fun: Richard Michelson Signing

I am just all about the press releases today.  But can you blame me?  With all this free stuff to do in New York, it’s often hard to hear about it: Next Generation Philanthropy Presents Book Signing Date: March 25, 2009 Time: 6:30 Venue: Congregation Or Zarua Location: New York City, New York REGISTER NOW! Please join […]

Quote of the Day

"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves […]

Kidlit Drink Night: March Edition

March may come in like a lion and out like a lamb, but at The Blue Owl we’re counting on people relaxing in an environment where spring-related thoughts reign free.  Yes, it’s the semi-monthly Kid Lit Drink Night once again.  A time when children’s literary enthusiasts meet at bars and baffle the waitstaff as they […]

Reporting: Penguin Young Readers Group May-August 2009 Librarian Preview

Never doubt the power of the Internet.  What other invention can cause the same levels of amnesia as the Web?  I say this because I was invited to a nice Penguin librarian preview not long ago.  I like Penguin previews.  They feed me pesto.  And since I had been to their offices before (three or […]

Video Sunday: Pure Gold Edition

We begin today with a charmer.  Isn’t that great? It’s a short film called Have You Ever Wanted Superpowers? created by film students at the University of Bergen, Norway. In the midst of all this Watchmen ridiculousness, it’s nice to see someone tackling the idea of superheroes from a practical stance.  Thanks to Diversions of […]

Fusenews: That First Day of Spring We Had? I Think I Want My Money Back.

A couple months ago Monica Edinger was telling me about this Battle of the Books challenge that happen in the adult literary world. I was interested, particularly when she proposed something similar for the children’s literary sphere.  And the result? School Library Journal ‘s Battle of the (Kids) Books is nigh approaching!  Here’s how PW […]

Booksy Book Giveaway for My Savvy Readers

So here’s a nice thing that dropped out of the blue.  I was asked the other day by a very nice company if I wanted to hold a Book Giveaway on my blog with the reward being a pristine copy of new Newbery Honor winner Savvy by Ingrid Law.  Naturally I said yes, and so […]

Review of the Day: The (Mostly) True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

The (Mostly) True Adventures of Homer P. Figg By Rodman Philbrick Blue Sky Press (a Scholastic imprint) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-439-66818-7 Ages 9 and up On shelves now Ah, the inveterate child liar. The chronic juvenile dissembler. Is there any more classic character you can name? Whether it’s The Artful Dodger, Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, The […]

Fusenews: Populism for Fun and Profit

Publishers Weekly announces that the lucky film company to get the rights to The Hunger Games was none other than Lionsgate.  Lionsgate, according to my husband, is best known for creating the Saw movies.  Then, more recently, they were responsible for the television show Mad Men.  So… huh.  They have range.  It makes me wonder […]

A Fuse #8 Prediction: Newbery/Caldecott 2010!

Let me see… what were the exact words of a faithful reader when I did this about a year ago?  Ah yes, here we go.  One person said: "Let’s stick with just enjoying the stories and pictures for a little while longer before beginning to polish the medals." Well put.  Another lamented: "Are you kidding […]

State of the To-Be-Read Shelf: March

Uh-oh. What’s that line in Jaws again? I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat.  Slash bookshelf.  Slash apartment.  February wasn’t looking so bad after all.

Fusenews: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A couple things I’d like to point out here. First off, I don’t think Richard Hunt gets enough credit for his portrayal of Beaker. Notice how that particular Muppet is continually engaged in the scene, in spite of the fact that his face (with the exception of the mouth) is motionless. Second, when I sing […]

Review of the Day – Duke Ellington: His Life in Jazz by Stephanie Stein Crease

Duke Ellington: His Life in Jazz with 21 Activities By Stephanie Stein Crease Chicago Review Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-55652-724-1 Ages 9 and up On shelves now I’m naturally suspicious around children’s informational books that seem deemed strictly for educational purposes. And any book that contains the words "with 21 Activities" is going to raise my […]

Video Sunday: Trailers and Credits

Not too long ago I got to thinking about that A Series of Unfortunate Events movie.  It was a film that got its fair share of criticism and didn’t do particularly well box-office-wise.  Yet in spite of all of that I enjoyed the movie quite a lot.  I thought it had much to recommend it.  […]