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Review of the Day: The Magical Ms. Plum by Bonny Becker

The Magical Ms. Plum By Bonny Becker Illustrated by Amy Portnoy Knopf (an imprint of Random House) $12.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-85637-2 Ages 7-10 On shelves now. Oh, magical grown-ups. You never get old. There is a long and strong tradition of grown-ups with extraordinary powers helping (or hindering) their young charges in the annals of children’s [...]

Fusenews: Tidying Up the Loose Ends

You may notice a fair amount of reviews this week. Well, the clock is tick-tick-ticking and I’ve got to get my lazy fingers up and reviewing as much as possible before the anvil falls. That’s what drops in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, right? An anvil? Wouldn’t know. I tend to spend such evenings [...]

Review of the Day: When it’s Six o’Clock in San Francisco by Cynthia Jaynes Omololu

When it’s Six o’ Clock in San Francisco: A Trip Through Time Zones By Cynthia Jaynes Omololu Illustrated by Randy DuBurke Clarion Books $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-618-76827-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Arg. Concept books. They’re dangerous dealings. A concept book is meant to have a single purpose: to inform. If they amuse, that’s nice, but [...]

Review of the Day: Do! by Gita Wolf, Ramesh Hengadi, and Shantaram Dhadpe

Do! By Gita Wolf, Ramesh Hengadi, and Shantaram Dhadpe (with help from Rasika Hengadi and Kusum Dhadpe) Tara Books $14.95 ISBN: 978-81-907546-1-3 Ages 3-8 On shelves now Every year almost all the children’s book publishers put out a whole lotta picture book schlock alongside some tiny gems. If you are a librarian, your job is [...]

Review of the Day: The Farwalker’s Quest by Joni Sensel

The Farwalker’s Quest By Joni Sensel Bloomsbury $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59990-272-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. I’ll confess something to you. I’m a children’s librarian who reads a lot of children’s books in a given year. I don’t get a chance to review them all, which is too bad. So my To Be Reviewed shelf in [...]

What 2009 Book Should I Review?

As you might have noticed, this week I’m squeezing in a whole bunch of last minute 2009 reviews.  Gotta get ‘em done before midnight on the 31st, after all.  By this point in the proceedings, I’ve read pretty much all the 2009 books I’m going to.  A whole mess of titles have already been read [...]

Review of the Day: Henry in Love by Peter McCarty

Henry in Love By Peter McCarty Balzer and Bray (a Harper Collins imprint) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-114288-8 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Now when I was a little kid I was single-mindedly determined to pair off the world. If I could continually put together two people and marry them off, that was all I wanted out [...]

Video Sundays 2009: Best of the Fuse

The end of the year is nigh upon us and by my calculation we’ve had roughly 52 weeks of Video Sundays in the last 365 days.  From these I’m culling the best of the best.  The ones that really made me stand up and take notice.  Of course, my favorite of all these, the number [...]

Review of the Day – Dreamdark: Silksinger by Laini Taylor

Dreamdark: Silksinger By Laini Taylor Illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo G.P. Putnam’s Sons (a division of Penguin) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-24631-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves now. There was a boy. He came into my library branch. Couldn’t have been more than ten years of age. A good kid. He knew to come up to [...]

Ho Ho Ho! You know the rest.

Every year I steadily collect holiday-related blog postings, storing them up until Christmas.  Some are great.  Some are so-so.  But all are wonderfully topical.  Enjoy! As with any holiday, it’s always worthwhile to take a trip over to Golden Age Comic Book Stories to see what Mr. Door Tree has up and running.  This month [...]

Fusenews: Notable Quotables

I got this email just the other day and I couldn’t help but post it here.  Imagine a whole host of talented authors giving your manuscript in-depth feedback.  Sound too good to be true? Check it: "For the next twelve months, The Longstockings will workshop the manuscript of one of our readers. And then, in [...]

Review of the Day: Pouch! by David Ezra Stein

Pouch! By David Ezra Stein G.P. Putnam’s Sons (a division of Penguin) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25051-4 Ages 3-7 On shelves now Today I had to tackle a preschool storytime. I am not a particularly brave librarian, though. If I find a picture book that works, I have to really work at not using it over and [...]

Best of the Decade: A Look Back at Children’s Literature from 2000-2009

Recently Entertainment Weekly put out an issue that looked back over the decade from a popular culture standpoint. It got me to thinking: Why haven’t any of the children’s periodicals, publications, and blogs done the same? 2000-2009 was a terrible decade in a lot of ways, but in terms of children’s and YA literature it [...]

Video Sunday: Beats being named Janice anyway

Adults Go Wild Over Latest In Children’s Picture Book Series Everyone was talking about this Onion News piece this week. And as someone who writes reviews of picture books that are far longer than the books themselves . . . well, this is just fantastic.  Thanks to all the folks who sent it on to [...]

Review of the Day: Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers

Looking Like Me By Walter Dean Myers Illustrated by Christopher Myers Egmont $18.99 ISBN: 978-1-60684-001-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Says the parent to the librarian, "I need something for my child to improve their self-esteem." Uh-huh. Fine. Self-esteem. That’s the kind of topic that inspires the worst possible books for kids, you know. Cute [...]