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Video Sunday: The Sweet, the Profane, and the Owl Pellets (not necessarily in that order)

That, in case it is unclear, is Wes Anderson’s acceptance speech given when he won the Special Filmmaking Achievement Award from the National Board of Review for the film Fantastic Mr. Fox. In the event that he wins Best Animated Film at the Oscars, one hopes for something similar. Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for [...]

In Lieu of Blogging . . .

I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of my two favorite sins, Sloth and Pride. Which is to say, I cannot blog today because last night I spent my evening at the SCBWI Cocktail Party and the Kidlit Drink Night in the company of the nefarious personalities of  . . . Lee Wind of [...]

Newbery Poll Winners

It seems only fitting that since tonight is the SCBWI Kidlit Drink Night (information here) I should announce the winners of our last Kidlit Drink Night Guess the Newbery/Caldecott contest. First place goes to Katherine R. Harrison who correctly predicted both the Newbery and Caldecott winner, and then got two Newbery Honors right (CALPURNIA TATE and [...]

Fusenews: I’m Just Waiting for the Choose Your Own Adventure / Baby-Sitters Club Mash-Up

It appears that somebody around here would apparently rather tally up her Top 100 Chapter Books Poll points than write her daily blog post *cough cough* By the way, if you haven’t sent in your list, there’s still a little time left. I should point out, though, that I have received roughly 230+ Chapter Book [...]

Review of the Day: The Boys by Jeff Newman

The Boys By Jeff Newman Simon & Schuster $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-5012-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 23rd. See this purple foot-shaped bruise on the back of my left leg? Wanna know how I got it? Of course you do, oh imaginary people I’m talking to in my head. Yeah, I got that by kicking myself [...]

Fusenews: The Case of the Unwitting Albino

See what a couple sharp-eyed bloggers and an intrepid reporter can do together? According to this article that appeared on SLJ yesterday (and to my mind, the title Little, Brown in Sticky Situation Over ‘Whitewashed’ Book Covers is straight out of a 1930s newsreel) LB&Co. has said of the jackets of the three Mysterious Benedict [...]

Librarian Preview: Sourcebooks (Spring 2010)

I cannot say that I had oodles of time to spare at the 2010 Midwinter ALA Conference, but there was some down time. And what is down time if not time just waiting to be filled? So it was that I sat down with Kay Mitchell and Melissa Wood from Sourcebooks, Inc. to take a [...]

Your Favorite Book Isn’t On the Top 100 Chapter Books List

I mean, it would have been, but you didn’t vote for it.  You never sent me your Top 10 Middle Grade (Fictional) Chapter Book list and now look.  It’s nowhere to be seen.  Such a pity. But wait!  There may yet be time.  Just read these instructions and send me what you have and I [...]

Review of the Day: Spies of Mississippi by Rick Bowers

Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network That Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement By Rick Bowers National Geographic Children’s Books $26.90 ISBN: 978-1-4263-0595-5 Ages 10 and up On shelves now. When kids think of spies the general impression is almost always positive. There’s that vague sense that Benedict Arnold was [...]

Video Sunday: "An alien trinket of unimaginable cultral significance"

See that?  That’s what Video Sunday is all about.  It’s about the basics.  It’s about the essentials.  It’s about folks imitating Werner Herzog reinterpreting Curious George.  Pair it with my recent review of Furious George Goes Bananas, and you have yourself a very George-ish year.  The reader is, of course, not Werner Herzog.  Not unless [...]

Oh, Dream Butler. I Believe You Can Get Me Through the Night

My husband didn’t believe me when I told him about it. Even when I showed him the menu he was aghast. While at the Midwinter ALA Conference I had the great good fortune to share a room with three other fine and fabulous ladies. The first night I found my pillow to be flat and [...]

Fusenews: Long Time Passing

All right. I admit it. I may have asked a couple months ago a question that was somewhat along the lines of Where did all the folktales go? I don’t think I expected a huge wave of remarkable answers to my query, but that’s exactly what happened when author Bobbi Miller of One Fine Trade [...]

Press Release Fun: Minigrants for Public Schools and Public Libraries

Tel. 718/965-1266 (For more information) Website: www.Ezra-Jack-Keats.org   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/19/10   DESPITE THE WAVERING ECONOMY THE EZRA JACK KEATS FOUNDATION FORGES AHEAD INVITING PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO SUBMIT MINIGRANT PROPOSALS FOR 2010             “Funding for special programs in public schools and libraries is always difficult to come-by, but in a [...]

Review of the Day: Powerless by Matthew Cody

Powerless By Matthew Cody Knopf (an imprint of Random House) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-85595-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Superhero chapter books for kids. They’re out there. Sure they are. Still, I kind of feel like the wizarding trend Harry Potter started sort of took the steam out of any superhero tales we might have been [...]

February Children’s Literary Cafe: Book Jackets

The Children’s Literary Café of the New York Public Library Children’s Center at 42 nd Street is pleased to announce our event on Saturday, February 6th at 2:00 p.m.: Book Jackets: Conversations with the Artist and Art Director  They say not to judge a book by its cover but some people work hard to create those covers in [...]