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Review of the Day: Never Smile at a Monkey by Steve Jenkins

Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember By Steve Jenkins Houghton Mifflin Books for Children $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-618-96620-2 Ages 4-9 On shelves October 19, 2009 Ladies and gentlemen do you know what your children desire? What they really want and so often are unable to attain? Practical advice. I don’t […]

Video Sunday: "Sometimes he shaves his head and wears a beard. Sometimes he shaves his beard and wears his head."

Now you may be asking yourself, what was Shel Silverstein really like?  I mean, we’ve read his books.  We’ve seen the scary photos of him (lambasted beautifully in the third Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by the way).  We may even have heard the recordings of his poems he did, but what did he look […]

Fusenews: Tremain, boss! Tremain!*

Another one of our fold has exchanged her Blogger badge for the title of Author.  Monica Edinger of Educating Alice has made a sale.  Said PW Children’s Bookshelf, " Karen Lotz at Candlewick Press has acquired world rights to Monica Edinger’s Africa Is My Home . The book, 10 years in the making, is a […]

Talk Like a Pirate Day!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3ZtVuo5AL0  (and do the bus pirates again too)

Talk Like a Pirate Day! Arrr!

Arrr, me mateys!  Tis a fine and bonny Talk Like a Pirate Day to ye too.  Ye thought ye’d be gettin’ away without a drawl o’ pirate speak?  Har har har har!  To the brig with you, and take some links with ya as ye may. Firstly, a fine pirate song for the librarians and […]

Fun With Photos (Or What I Do When I’ve Nothing to Post)

There is no rule out there saying that I absolutely must post at all times, every single day of the year, rain or shine or sleet or snow.  However, I admit to feeling a little guilty when I cannot provide you with consistently interesting information, dear readers.  So it is that we’re having Photo Day.  […]

Review of the Day: The Squirrel’s Birthday and Other Parties by Toon Tellegen

The Squirrel’s Birthday and Other Parties By Toon Tellegen Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg Translated by Martin Cleaver Boxer Books (distributed by Sterling in the U.S.) $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-906250-93-5 Ages 4-10 On shelves now My mother likes to say that "cute is a defense mechanism". That there are creatures in this world that need to be […]

Fusenews: Turnips and Controvery

The problem with the world as I see it is that we simply do not have enough gargoyles. When was the last time you attended a gargoyle unveiling and said to yourself, "Now that’s one fine looking stone guardian" anyway? Well, here’s where it all becomes infinitely clear that the Brits defeat us thoroughly in […]

Librarian Preview: Chicken House Spring 2010

You may ask yourself, "Why is there an imprint of Scholastic named ‘Chicken House’? What on earth do its books, which encompass a fine range of imported European titles, have to do with the abode of a hen?" The answer came when I attended a recent librarian preview for Chicken House held in Scholastic’s home […]

Tomie, Can You Hear Me?

Y’all know Jarrett Krosoczka, right? Aside from beating out Jon Scieszka in the Hardest-Picture-Book-Creator-Name-To-Pronounce Award he happens to be the author of such ludicrously fun picture books as My Buddy, Slug, the Punk Farm duo, and his new Lunch Lady graphic novels. On top of all that, I got a message from him recently. Said […]

Fusenews: There’s No Such Thing as a Free Library

My husband looked at this picture of me and the guys who were part of Saturday’s NYPL Children’s Literary Cafe and said, “Those guys look kind of manly.” Yup. It’s all about the manly. Saturday I hosted Michael Rex, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Brian Floca, and Jon Scieszka (not pictured, presumably because he moves at the […]

Video Sunday: Eclectic Arrangement

Yes, folks. You too can walk into New York Public Library and rap long and loud if it suits you. A couple months ago I learned that Erica S. Perl (Chicken Butt!) and Ayun Halliday (Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo) were going on a No Butts About It, We Love to Read tour. […]

Fusenews: Rubber Ducky, They’re the One

I don’t want to jump the gun, but this may just be the best thing ever.  They’re creating a Bert and Ernie staged production for children with live guys.  The best part about this story is the fact that this show is being created by some of the folks behind the really remarkably lovely (warning: […]

3rd Annual Kidlitosphere Conference

Before this year I was a good pookie.  I went to two TWO, I SAY KidLitosphere Conferences: One in Chicago and one in Portland, Oregon.  And they were magnificent.  If you are at all interested in the children’s literary blogosphere, where it’s going, where it’s been, and what it means to the future of literary […]

Happy 75th Birthday, Mr. de Paola!

I’m always a bit torn when this happens.  Sometimes I will get a simply lovely invite to an event here in town.  A special event that I would like to brag about.  But then I think, "Betsy, you twit.  Don’t become little miss bragsalot.  Keep it to yourself.  What good does it do to crow?" […]