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Press Release Fun: Vampires, Werewolves and Louisa May Alcott

Here’s how press releases with me generally work.  The publicist says, "Wanna post a picture of Louisa May Alcott being attacked by werewolves and vampires?" and I say "Do I!"  Or something along those lines.  This sounds fun.  Any time a Pulitzer Prize winner sits down and seriously discusses great literary figures within the context […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#15)

#15 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (2000) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6) (#6)(#7)(#7)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#9) (#9)(#9)(#10) – 185 points Kate DiCamillo has, of course, written many beautiful books since Because of Winn Dixie, but this remains my all-time favorite DiCamillo story. Having reread it several times since I first read it four years ago (and not being one […]

Press Release Fun: Maybe the best thing I’ve ever heard

I kid not.  This sounds like a high old time.  I received the following message the other day for an event at one of my favorite New York institutions: "I wanted to let you know that Museum of the Moving Image will screen a new Spike-Jonze-produced film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s HIGGLETY PIGGLETY POP! from […]

Review of the Day: The Clock Without a Face by Gus Twintig

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The Clock Without a Face: A Gus Twintig Mystery By Gus Twintig (with some help from Eli Horowitz, Mac Barnett, Scott Teplin, and Adam Rex) McSweeney’s $19.95 ISBN: 978-1934781715 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 1st. Treasure hunts. Wouldn’t it be marvelous to be a part of one? I think the popularity of books […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#16)

#16 Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (1964) (#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#6) (#7)(#7)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#9) (#9)(#9)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 177 points The dumbwaiter. Ole Golly. The boy with the purple socks. And, and, and… Someone on Facebook said this week that Harriet the Spy was her Catcher in the Rye. Mine, too. – Els Kushner Harriet’s family wasn’t anything like […]

Video Sunday: A bounty! A plethora! A magnificent host of videos!

It makes my life so much easier when there is zero question of what video to begin Video Sunday with. And author Sarah Miller is a door able, as they say. Good work, Sarah. Now convert The Pigeon Wants a Hot Dog into The Writer Wants a Cupcake (in which she competes with an equally […]

Press Release Fun: Have Yourself Some Tasty Bacon

Last week I posted a link to the t-shirt shown the right here. Several of my readers expressed an interest in it, but there was a catch on the site. No women’s sizes! Nope. Only men. Emily Mitchell at Charlesbridge contacted the seller, and he said he might make some women’s sizes if there was […]

Funtime Recap: The First Week of BoB

Ladies and gentlemen this marks the end of the first week of the Battle of the Kids’ Books.  The tournament where some of the best books of a previous year battle it out to determine the one best book of 2009 (video explanation here).  Remember when we looked at the brackets and thought to ourselves, […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#17)

#17 Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (1990) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#3)(#3)(#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#7) (#8)(#8)(#9)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 158 points This wins my award for best opening: “They say Maniac Magee was born in a dump. They say his stomach was a cereal box and his heart was a sofa spring.” It just doesn’t get any better than that. – Jody Sitts, […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#18)

#18 Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#4)(#4) (#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#8) (#9)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#10) – 154 points My sister and I took this book on a camping trap when we were nine and ten. She started reading it first, and was laughing so hard that I ended up picking it up every time she unwisely put the book down to […]

Press Release Fun: The Hans Christian Andersen 2010 Shortlist!

That’s it. I can’t take it anymore. I’m joining USBBY or IBBY ASAP. I can’t stand that there are worldwide conversations about children’s literature and that nobody in America is blogging about those conversations. And the sheer awesomeness of this shortlist just drills the point home. I want to see ALL these books. FOR IMMEDIATE […]

The Top 10 Children’s Novels Prediction Challenge

Here’s the deal.  We’re nearing the end of this poll, but something yet remains.  The top ten winners.  And as with last year’s Top 100 Picture Book Poll, I’m calling upon you, the readers, to guess what will end up in the top slots. To win you need to first guess the Top 10 Books.  […]

Fusenews: Stars in your multitude, scarce to be counted

Emma Dryden is renowned as one of the finest children’s editors out there.  Heck, she did it for a good twenty-five years, after all. Now she has moved on to bigger and better things. Much like Stephen Roxburgh and his namelos, Ms. Dryden has created an entity she’s calling drydenbks. The premise behind the company? […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#19)

#19 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964) (#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#5) (#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#8) (#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#10) (#10)(#10) – 152 points Need I say anything? Chocolate! Victory of the downtrodden! Humor! Digs at nasty kids! – Joan L. Raphael, Youth Collections Librarian, San Diego Public Library Dahl’s dark wit and nasty jokes often keeps him in the Not-Good-Quality-Literature-Category for […]

Press Release Fun: Curious George Goes to the Museum

I confess to you that I’m rather thrilled about this current exhibit at the Jewish Museum.  Though I didn’t grow up a Curious George fan, I love seeing the papers and sketches of classic characters by their creators.  From the press release: Press contacts: Anne Scher or Alex Wittenberg 212.423.3271 or pressoffice@thejm.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE […]