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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Fusenews: Crows, Rabbits, and Tigers (oh my)

And Upstart Crow Literary pulls ahead in the interesting blog by a literary agency category (Nathan Bransford we consider a force unto himself, requiring little help from Curtis Brown). Of particular note was Michael Stearns and his recent consideration of Goodreads. He talks about how he feels obligated to edit himself on that site, when [...]

Review of the Day – Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci by Gene Barretta

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo de Vinci By Gene Barretta Henry Holt & Company $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-805-8703-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Even if you’ve never felt the slightest inclination to write a non-fiction picture book a day of your life, it’s still possible to take a gander at a book, blink twice, [...]

Video Sunday: Easing Back Into It Edition

So at the last ALA Conference, in conjunction with her middle grade novel The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z, author Kate Messner went about asking various folks the question, "If you could be a tree, what kind of tree would you be?" Everyone from the National Ambassador to Ashley Bryan gave their answers. Observe. In [...]

Review of the Day: The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook By Eleanor Davis Inked by Drew Weing Colored by Joey Weiser Bloomsbury USA $18.99 ISBN: 978-1-59990-142-8 Ages 9 and up On shelves September 1st. Finished copy from fellow librarian. You know a book’s gotta be good when the first thought that enters your brain after reading it [...]

Fusenews: Blogging Vs. Sandwich. Blogging Wins!

Not having internet in the home cramps my style.  So if this is all out-of-date, forgive me.  My lunchtime has now turned into my blogging time. I feel as if the economic crisis has resulted in more and more people talking to me about applying to library school.  It’s an interesting trend, and I’m sure [...]

Review of the Day: Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks

Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli By Barbara Jean Hicks Illustrated by Sue Hendra Random House $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-95686-7 Ages 4-8 Copy received via press agent Oh, ye unfortunate parents of picky eaters, all both short and small. Where do you turn for help in your moments of greatest woe? What methods are at hand to teach [...]

If the Gorilla Meant I Was Going Away, What Does the Nonplussed Graduate Mean?

Here’s the translation as I see it. Posting of a Gorilla in a Library = I am going on vacation Posting of a Strangely Unmoved Woman = I have been unavoidably delayed by a home that currently contains ZIPPO internet and can only post silly selected comic book panels in my absence.  Like so . . [...]

An Open Letter

Dear Atheneum*, The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts is out of print.  Truth be told, it’s been out of print for years.  At this moment in time the sole remaining circulating copy in the NYPL system has six holds on it.  There would be far more holds if you reprinted this [...]

Video Sunday: Embrace Me, You Sweet Embeddable You

As I may have mentioned before, I am on vacation far far away.  So it gives me a strange vicarious thrill to make the one and only video playing today a behind-the-scenes look at the workplace where I am not, narrated by my boss.  Cheers!

Fusenews: Pirate Speak and Spell Check Will Never See Eye to Glass Eye

A truly wonderful examination of the Just One More Book! children’s literary review podcast over at Quill and Quire. Couldn’t have happened to two nicer folks too. I mean, have you ever seen Mark and Andrea deal with troll commenters? They’re downright classy and sweet as peaches on a vine, they are. Makes me feel [...]

Review of the Day: The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan

The Storm in the Barn By Matt Phelan Candlewick Press $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-3618-0 Ages 10 and up ARC from a fellow librarian. On shelves September 8th. Do Americans like to romanticize the past too much? Sometimes it feels that way. We keep idly wondering about those “simpler times” when the world felt slower and more [...]

You Know What the Gun Toting Gorilla Means…

It means I am on vacation! Stratford, Ontario to be precise.  I am off with the newly well husband to watch some Shakespeare, drink good wine, and soak up the feel of Canadians.  I’ll also be searching out authors in the Stratford area to meet up with so if you’re in the area, let R.J. [...]

Separated at Birth?

I’m at the bookstore the other day browsing the aisles, fairly certain there wouldn’t be anything there to surprise me since my last visit. The middle grade fiction? Done it. The non-fiction (what little they stock) Fine. The picture books? Seen it, seen it, seen . . . . . it? Oh me, oh my, [...]

Review of the Day: Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma

Dani Noir By Nova Ren Suma Aladdin (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-9193-9 Ages 9-14 ARC provided by publisher On shelves September 22nd When a tragedy or change strikes a family, sometimes the kids will grasp at whatever sense of stability they can. Novels for youth may include foster children and the [...]

Fusenews: Covers Furry, Covers Bleached

Well shoot. This may well be the coolest thing I’ve seen all month.  And it sounds so quaint at first.  Author/artist Aaron Zenz has been posting on a blog the pictures his kids have been drawing for the last three years.  Cute, right?  But the man then goes and takes it to a whole new [...]