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The Bridges of Madison County Syndrome (Children’s Literature Edition)

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Seems like more and more children’s books are being turned into movies these days.  When I was a kid the pickings were relatively slim.  If I had to name all the films I watched based on children’s literature that were released when I was between the ages of 0-12, I could name you that awful [...]

Now let us praise famous jacket artists – 2010

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Due to the sheer proliferation of book jackets featuring photographs rather than illustrations, I think the time is right to offer a little ode of praise to our brave illustrators who work so hard to give us great illustrated chapter book covers.  In an age when it feels like all the teen covers are dedicated [...]

Video Sunday: We need milk and cakes and a warm bed

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I don’t know how you like to wake up on your Sunday mornings, but I for one enjoy a rousing rendition of Bjork set to eerie stop animation.  Particularly if that animation involves Moomins.  This is quite possibly one of the odder openings I’ve ever placed on this blog.  To be fair, “comet” and “dammit” [...]

Review of the Day: Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs

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Dust Devil By Anne Isaacs Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky Schwartz & Wade (an imprint of Random House) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86722-4 Ages 5-10 On shelves September 14, 2010 If Pippi Longstocking is a redhead known for her casual legwear, Angelica Longrider (or just “Angel” for short) would have to be considered her blatantly barefoot ginger-headed [...]

Press Release Fun

Greetings, Kidlit Blogdom! Welcome to the first informational post for the Kidlitosphere 2010 Conference! This year’s conference will be hosted by Andrew Karre (Carolrhoda), Ben Barnhart (Milkweed Editions) and Brian Farrey (Flux) in beautiful downtown Minneapolis. Let’s start with the basics: Where: Open Book, Minneapolis, MN When: Saturday, October 23, 2010 The rough schedule calls [...]

Kidlit Drink Night: September Edition

Ah.  Tis that bonny time of the year when like-minded people (or, in some cases, like-occupationed people) gather together in pubs to sip alcoholic drinks and discuss the state of children’s literature today.  Yes, it’s Kidlit Drink Night yet again, and this month Cheryl and I are hanging our hat on an old standby that [...]

Fusenews: Of gigs and dreck

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Comic book bloggers and children’s literature bloggers are two sides of the same coin.  Our interests often run parallel.  The degree to which the academic world regards us is fairly similar (though admittedly we get to have Norton Anthologies while they are sorely lacking any such distinction).  I don’t read my comic book blogs as [...]

There’s an Idea: Short Stories Illustrated

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Sometimes a company will implement an idea that makes me want to stand up, take notice, and perhaps dance a restrained ladylike jig.  Such was my reaction to The Creative Company’s decision to produce small books of adult short stories.  The kinds of things kids are assigned to read in school. Thus far, I’ve seen [...]

Review of the Day: Guyku by Bob Raczka

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Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys By Bob Raczka Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-24003-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves October 4, 2010 There’s been a lot of discussion lately about getting guys to read. Little guys, that is. The figuring is that if you don’t rope boys into the [...]

Press Release Fun: The Southern Festival of Books

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Because as much as New Yorkers like to believe that everything happens in the East, it just ain’t true. Not a jot. Wow.  And Jules from Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast informs me that “Steven’s Library of the Early Mind will even be screening at this festival for those in the South who want to [...]

Storytime Suggestions: Old MacDonald by Jessica Souhami

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It’s an understood fact that toddlers, when placed in large groups, respond to only a few things the poor librarian schmuck sitting in front of them might care to do during a storytime.  The poor librarian schmuck (or PLS) is then faced with several options.  I cannot vouch for everyone, but usually this means just [...]

Video Sunday: App Humor

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You gasped over the Month at the Museum video by my buddy Davin.  You raved over the Month at the Museum video by YA author James Kennedy.  Now one of our own has entered the fray.  Yes!  Tis blogger extraordinaire Leila Roy coming to you via bookshelves of doom.  She tosses her hat into the [...]

Fusenews: I mean, a fear of tent worms isn’t all THAT ridiculous, right?

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I am indebted to Jenny Schwartzberg for bringing to my attention the fact that the BBC’s extensive archives are offering up recordings of some of the great British Novelists of the past.  These are both television and radio programs and they are intoxicating.  You can hear the very voice of Virginia Woolf herself.  And on [...]

Review of the Day: Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

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Bamboo People By Mitali Perkins Charlesbridge $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-58089-328-2 Ages 10-14 On shelves now. There is a perception that many children acquire over the course of their education that learning and fun are mutually exclusive ideas. If a book has so much as a smidgen of a fact in it then it’s no good to [...]

The Hero Project: A Children’s Literary Perspective

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In the last few weeks, my husband has been working on something he’s calling The Hero Project.  The concept is simple.  Matt is searching for the universal structure that underlies all heroic myths.  He started out by reading Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces but says that in terms of myths, “I started [...]