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Press Release Fun: Aliki and the Art of Donation

Who says press releases have to be all about upcoming books?  From the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature: Aliki donates art to the Arne Nixon Center Picture book author/artist Aliki has donated 21 pieces of original art—as many pictures as for one of her famous picture books—to the Arne Nixon Center [...]

Better Know a Blogger

If I open my eyes a little and peek out of the little hole in which I live, I might notice that there are a lot of children’s literary bloggers out there.  Tons of ‘em, in fact.  Folks I’ve never taken the time to sit down and really examine closely.  That’s why I’ve decided to [...]

Review of the Day: One Fine Trade by Bobbi Miller

One Fine Trade Retold by Bobbi Miller Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand Holiday House $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-8234-1836-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Folktales. Librarians love ‘em. Eat ‘em up like ketchup on rye, they do. Children’s librarians love folktales even more than their adult brethren. When you go to library school the professors inculcate you with [...]

Just Your Standard Gorilla in the Library Message

I’m at a writer’s retreat for the next three days or so.  From here on in I’m going to indicate my disappearance with just your average everday gorilla in the library cartoon.  As plans for world domination go, this one’s a pip. I have set up blog posts to continue during my absence.  You should [...]

Review of the Day: The Great and Only Barnum by Candace Fleming

The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum By Candace Fleming Schwartz & Wade (an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84197-2 Ages 10 and up On shelves September 8, 2009 I’m trying to work out why exactly this is the only children’s biography of P.T. Barnum I [...]

Video Sunday: Everything Is Amazing, and I’m Certainly Happy

The webs were all abuzz this week over the clever editing job someone did on this Buffy meets Edward short film.  I had all but forgotten that there was a Buffy episode where she woke up, saw that Angel had been watching her while she slept, and consequently threw him out the window. What a [...]

Fusenews: "What about Ray Bradbury?" "I’m familiar with his work."

Jen Robinson pointed me to a smart piece by The Happy Nappy Bookseller discussing race as it pertains to the one and only black character in the Percy Jackson series.  Jen also linked to Biblio File’s point about Asian American characters as they are presented on the audiobook.  Says she, "There is no reason that Mrs. [...]

Fusenews: I Mean, Who WOULDN’T Want to Read a Book Starring a Kid Named Jupiter Jones?

Prepare for thine jaw to plummet in a downward type fashion.  We’ve heard that the occasional children’s author has gone the route of writing a novelization in their time.  I just never knew how many of them had.  Peter has the scoop.  Fun facts may include knowing that Todd Strasser is "The King of Novelizations" [...]

Review of the Day: City I Love by Lee Bennett Hopkins

City I Love By Lee Bennett Hopkins Illustrated by Marcellus Hall Abrams Books for Young Readers $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-8327-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now It’s funny to think that in the past most American kids lived on farms, yes? Nowadays the bulk of youngsters have at least a passing familiarity with big city life, even [...]

Fusenews: Stuff You’ve Already Seen and Heard About Edition

I bet that if I just blogged for a living I could do a lot more Fusenews. Then I wouldn’t feel quite so left behind when everyone else in the world gets a gander at the new upcoming Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland before I have a chance to post.  Lackaday.  Guess I’ll just comfort [...]

Fusenews: Single Item Edition

Due to remarkably frustrating circumstances beyond my control, my Fusenews links are currently inaccessible.  This makes me a little cranky.  Thank goodness for Reviews of the Day, eh?  Sweet delicious content. In the meantime, there is one little item I would like you to direct your peepers towards.  Jules at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast [...]

Review of the Day: Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry By Francesca Simon Illustrated by Tony Ross Sourcebooks Jabberwocky $4.99 ISBN: 978-1-4022-1775-3 Ages 5-10 On shelves now Naughty bad little boys are the joy of the sometimes naughty, often good little readers. There’s the vicarious thrill of reading about a kid who’s bad, knows it, and still goes through with behavior not always [...]

American Road Trip: Children’s Literature Style

The other day I cooed, gurgled, and generally fell into fits of unmoderated bliss when I saw that Children’s Illustration had linked to Seven Stories, "the first museum in the UK wholly dedicated to the art of British Children’s Books."  I said I wanted to go to there.  Then someone pointed out that there are [...]

Review of the Day: The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky

The Terrible Plop By Ursula Dubosarsky Illustrated by Andrew Joyner Farrar, Straus & Giroux ISBN: 978-0-374-37428-0 Ages 4-8 August 18, 2009 Before I begin, a word to the adults out there. Ahem. GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER!!! THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT! I wish I could say that the creators [...]

Video Sunday: Not For All North Carolina

We’re going to look at three very different book trailers today.  Two are for YA novels, and one for a picture book.  This first is what happens when a publisher puts a little money into trailer creation.  In spite of the wall of keyboards score, this is the pattern I see book previews taking in [...]