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Fusenews: Those of you who feel inclined to write the theme song for "Shake Up in Putnam City" may do so with impunity

Colleen Mondor over at Chasing Ray puts a whole new spin on the Kirkus death that I think is worth reading.  "I’m wondering why the discussion about Kirkus seems to include only the demise of professional reviewing and the increase in personal reviewing – with the entire middle ground overlooked. I’m talking about the hundreds […]

And the One YA Novel of the Year I Will Read Is . . .

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork.  Overwhelmingly. Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor was the runner-up, so I will be reading that as well.  Which is fortunate since I intended to anyway, and now I have an excuse. In the event that people named more than one book, I simply took […]

Librarian Preview: Simon & Schuster (Spring 2010)

Without a doubt this has been the longest preview season I’ve experienced in New York thus far. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining! But I’m going to be just the slightest bit happy once I get this final Spring 2010 preview up and running. That’ll be the last of the lot (unless Egmont suddenly […]

Press Release Fun: Charity Auction to Benefit First Book

Blue Dream Studios and The Dreamland Chronicles Kick Off Charity Auction for First Book   Comic Book and Animation Superstars Bring the Gift of Reading to Children in Need   Nashville, TN – December 15, 2009 – The Dreamland Chronicles and Blue Dream Studios kicked off the first charity auction of sketch cards from the […]

Review of the Day: The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O’Connor

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis By Barbara O’ Connor Frances Foster Books Farrar Straus & Giroux (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-374-37055-8 Ages 7-11 On shelves now American children grow up reading so many good British novels that sometimes it’s hard to conjure up similar books of a Yankee nature. Maybe that’s […]

Kidlit Drink Night: January Prediction/Book Drop

Don’t try to resist. You know you want to attend. Wednesday, January 13, 2010 starting at 6:30 p.m. Faces & Names, 159 W. 54th St. in NYC Because the ALA awards will be a scant five days away, we’ll have a Newbery/Caldecott/Printz prediction contest with FABULOUS PRIZES — to be determined, but we promise they’ll […]

Fusenews: My spellcheck never did learn to recognize the word "Kirkus"

Last week I had the chance to sit down and have a drink with novelist, memoirist, and short story writer Jennifer Boylan who has penned the upcoming middle grade fantasy novel Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror with Harper Collins.  We met at my library and before we left for our drinks I ran to […]

Three Children’s Literary Blogs: One Book

And now, a public service announcement from your local blog: What this video may fail to explain in detail is the nature of this announcement.  Here are the salient facts, as we know them at this time. 1.  A couple months ago I contacted Jules Danielson of the magnificent Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast and […]

Video Sunday: From Ping-Pong to Amiable Police Detectives

And once again, the British side of Harper Collins whips the virtual butts of the American side by posting yet another fantastic video showing them using books in a fun manner. You will recall that these are the same folks who came up with the video of the ultimate children’s and YA literature domino effect.  […]

Children’s Literary Cafe: From Picture Books to Television Shows

I’m so pleased about this upcoming program I could pop.  Please note the time change: The Children’s Literary Café at the new Children’s Center at 42 nd Street is pleased to announce our event on Saturday, January 9th at 11:00 a.m.: From the Page to the Screen… Television Screen If you’re a picture book author […]

Review of the Day: It’s Picture Day Today! by Megan McDonald

It’s Picture Day Today! By Megan McDonald Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson A Richard Jackson Book Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-2434-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Here’s what they don’t tell you in library school: You can try and learn to be a children’s librarian all you want but there’s one […]

Fusenews: Quick and Cheap (in that blog reading is always cheap)

I hate doing this to you, but due to a lovely Longstockings party last night, we’re going to have to reduce this to just a quickie edition.  In brief: I once ran into Isaac Mizrahi in a restaurant.  Hadn’t a clue who he was.  My husband had to tell me.  Now apparently he’s doing narration […]

Kirkus Closing?

So it might seem.  From The New York Times: Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Review, two venerable chronicles of the newspaper and book publishing industries, are closing as their owner, Nielsen Business Media, gets out of the trade publication business. Nielsen said Thursday that it is selling The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek, Mediaweek and other […]

Review of the Day: Truce by Jim Murphy

Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting By Jim Murphy Scholastic Press $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-13049-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now If your history classes in school were anything like mine, then this is how a typical year would go: Lots of Revolutionary War, lots of Civil War, oh no it’s almost the end of the […]

Fusenews: Smirk not, but obey me

Sometimes if I do two Fusenewses (Fuseii?) in the course of three days I feel like I’m slacking. Original content, bah. Let’s read what other people have!  Here we go then. This year I got a chance to be a participant on the committee that decided the New York Public Library’s 2009 100 Books for […]