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Fusenews: Wi’ Nae Wee Bairn Ye’ll Me Beget

New York Public Library makes use of a bizarre dual blogging system.  There are internal blogs that the public is not able to see (and, sadly, some of these are some of the smartest children’s programming blogs out there… burns me up it does).  And then there are the public NYPL blog posts for the […]

Fusenews: I Have This Whole Complex Routine Worked Out Too

I will most certainly be attending the American Library Conference in Chicago this coming July.  And one of the highlights (though it’s always scheduled right before the Newbery/Caldecott dinner, which is awkward when you have tattoos to apply) is the Book Cart Drill Team championship.  This year’s competitors look pretty slick.  I have dreams of […]

Review of the Day – Amelia Rules: The Whole World’s Crazy by Jimmy Gownley

Amelia Rules!: The Whole World’s Crazy By Jimmy Gownley Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $9.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-8604-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Roundabout three years ago I was at an American Library Association conference, trolling the aisles of the convention center for goodies. As always, I kept one eye on the comic aisle, […]

Press Release Fun:

This morning, Penguin Young Readers Group launches Penguin Storytime and YA Central, two online video series featuring some of today’s leading children’s book authors and illustrators.   Penguin Storytime brings picture books and early readers alive for young readers, featuring:         entertaining author interviews         book trailers (including a HILARIOUS Skippyjon Jones webisode!)         a […]

Fusenews: "You think we all live in castles, and we do! We all have a castle each. We’re up to here in bloody castles."

Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow!  Oh, I want to go, I want to go, I want to go, I want to go!  Oh, puh-leeeze take me!  Even the website is awesome.  I . . . aw, shoot.  Where the heck is the Ouseburn Valley?  Newcastle?  Note to Self: Create children’s literary tour […]

A Tip of the Hat to Ellie McDoodle

A big old thank you to Ruth McNally Barshaw for being so sweet as to come in and speak to my children’s bookgroup about her books and drawing.  Ms. Barshaw happened to be in town and offered to speak to a group of kids if I had some on hand.  I most certainly did and […]

Review of the Day: Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel By Nikki Grimes Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie G.P. Putnam’s Sons (a division of Penguin Young Readers Group) $10.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25175-7 Ages 7-10 On shelves now Early chapter books are a pistol. You’d think they were printed on pages of silver and gold the way publishers dole them out on […]

Fusenews: Muse Killing for Fun and Profit

Who’s my good little graphic novelist turned movie man?  Tis Jarrett Krosoczka, that’s who!  The news from Cynopsis Kids: Amy Poehler will star in Universal’s big screen adaptation of author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka’s forthcoming graphic novel series Lunch Lady, per THR.  Poehler will also exec produce the movie with Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein producing.  Published by […]

Reporting: Penguin Young Readers Group Fall 2009

All right, all right. I’m beginning to tire out. But we’re nearing the end of the Fall 2009 librarian preview season (phew!) just in time for the ALA Conference in July. And what better way to cap it all off than with a little September – December 2009 action courtesy of everyone’s most-difficult-to-find-on-a-Google-map publisher, Penguin. […]

Review of the Day: The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton

The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors By Chris Barton Illustrated by Tony Persiani Charlesbridge $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-57091-673-1 Ages 6-10 On shelves July 1st I think a lot of kids grow up thinking that great discoveries are intentional. People intended to walk on the moon. Edison […]

Video Sunday: You’ll Never Read Imogene’s Antlers the Same Way Again

To put this trailer for David Small’s graphic novel memoir on a children’s literary blog is a bit misleading. Stitches, as far as I can ascertain, will be marketed for an upper YA or adult readership. Children will not be interested. However, I found this trailer fascinating. And I am interested. Now more than ever. […]

Fusenews: Terribly Delicious Yellow Eyes

A fun fact for those of you playing at home.  Whenever you see me post two Fusenewses (Fusenewsi?) two days in a row, it usually means I’m working on something long and difficult and unwieldy, so I haven’t time for a serious review and the like.  Right now I’m attempting to wrestle a Penguin preview […]

Fusenews: Michael J. Fox = Shia LaBoeuf? Ew. Michael Cera? Maybe.

Why are all bubbes in children’s literature old-fashioned?  Well, why?  Marjorie Ingall asks this question in the Tablet Magazine article Bubbe Needs a Makeover and speculates upon the answer.  As she points out, "my mother is hip. She has a chic salt-and-pepper crop and wears chunky jewelry. She’s a tenured professor, working full-time. She’s no […]

Review of the Day: Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman

Creature ABC By Andrew Zuckerman Chronicle Books $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-6978-2 Ages 3-9 September 1, 2009 Each year there’s a spate of alphabet books that flood the market willy-nilly. And in this day and age when kids become jaded around the age of three, if you’re going to do something abecedarian you’re gonna need a gimmick. […]

Fusenews: My Gym Used to Run the Video of Coin-Operated Boy. True Story.

Kudos and culottes to Anthony Browne who has just been named the U.K.’s sixth Children’s Laureate.  Coincidentally, I actually got my first Browne-related reference question the other day.  Patron walked in and wanted a specific picture book about a gorilla and a kitten that had come out recently.  My mind, naturally, went to Koko’s Kitten, […]