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Review of the Day: Highway Robbery by Kate Thompson

Highway Robbery By Kate Thompson Illustrated by Jonny Duddle Greenwillow (a Harper Collins imprint) ISBN: 978-0-06-173035-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I’ve been talking a lot about unreliable narrators in my children’s book reviews lately. Not entirely sure why that is. I guess it may have something to do with the fact that I’ve been […]

Fusenews: Pointy Birds. Pointy Pointy. Anoint My Head. Anointy Nointy.

Lots to cover today and not much time.  Let’s just dive on in then. I had heard rumors speculate that in the paperback edition of Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday there would be an extra added comic section.  This excited me, as I would very much like to see a graphic novel series […]

Movie Rant of the Day: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Quick note.  If, for some reason, you are a large inanimate rock and you have managed over the years to avoid knowing what happens in this episode of Harry Potter’s life (I find this unlikely since most of the large inanimate rocks of my acquaintance are rather well read) then you will want to avoid […]

The Children’s Literary Cafe 8/1: Fan Phenomena and Literature for Youth

I came this close to calling it "The Harry Potter vs. Twilight Smackdown" but that’s not really the deal.  To wit – The Children’s Literary Café at the new Children’s Center at 42 nd Street is pleased to announce our event on Saturday, August 1st at 2:00 p.m.: The fan phenomenon.  It’s about bringing your love […]

Review of the Day: The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

The Lion and the Mouse By Jerry Pinkney Little, Brown and Company $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-01356-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 1, 2009 How trustworthy do you find a reviewer who loves a particular author’s work, praises it regularly, and then reviews that writer’s next book with predictable kisses, cheers, and thrown rose petals? I admit […]

Video Sunday: Uh-Oh. It’s a Cock-a-roach.

Mine were not the only videos to show during ALA.  The Pura Belpre Awards this year premiered the video above.  Performed by, amongst others, Yuyi Morales’ son (who plays the kid who slips on the banana), it’s always a pleasure when Senor Calavera makes an appearance.  The video was, suffice it to say, a hit. […]

Review of the Day: Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom

Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom By Eric Wight Simon & Schuster $9.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-6484-1 Ages 7-10 On shelves now. In the past, it was easy to figure out what children’s books fit where. Thirty-two pages that are 11 X 8 inches? Picture books. Thirty-two chapters of smallish print? Older middle-grade fiction. See? Piece […]

Press Release Fun:

The Children’s Literary Café at the new Children’s Center at 42 nd Street is pleased to announce our event on Saturday, August 1st at 2:00 p.m.:   The fan phenomenon.  It’s about bringing your love of literature out into the open where you can celebrate it with a community of like-minded people.  Since the advent of […]

Fusenews: Do You Believe in Magyk?

Remember how Anita Silvey wrote that Has the Newbery Lost Its Way article and then, when The Graveyard Book won, some people erroneously thought the choice was due to the piece?  I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that when Jerry Pinkney wins a Caldecott proper for The Lion and the […]

ALA 2009: Book Cart Drill Team

On the flip side of the coin, here is how you attend the Book Cart Drill Teams if you are not performing. Come at least half an hour early.  Do NOT sit directly in front of the action.  I mean, I guess you could if you wanted to, but I find that a side view […]

Fusenews: "I know you’re working for the CIA / they wouldn’t have you in the Mafia"

It’s just my luck that the minute I head off for parts unknown all the interesting news breaks.  I am referring in this particular case to the recent FTC scrutiny of paid blogger reviews.  To be frank, I didn’t know a thing about it before MotherReader filled me in. It’s well worth reading and considering. I […]

Review of the Day: Clarence Cochran, A Human Boy

Clarence Cochran, A Human Boy By William Loizeaux Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf Melanie Kroupa Books (FSG) $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-374-31323-4 Ages 6-9 On shelves now. Cockroaches = icky. And they have few true defenders. They are associated with the worst aspects of mankind. Mess. Filth. Atom bombs (as in, they can survive them). So it seems […]

Randolph Caldecott: The Music Video

Can’t see it?  You can go here or here, as you prefer.

When You Reach Me Reminder

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is out today. Go to read that thing do.

ALA 2009: So… the 2009 Newbery/Caldecott Banquet. How Was That Then?

Good.  It was good. What, you want more than that?  Vultures! No, I kid.  You see, folks, every year there is a Newbery/Caldecott Banquet to celebrate the winners of said awards.  This tends to be a big affair.  People dress up.  Make-up is applied.  And goals stated. Featured goal of this particular banquet: Find Neil […]