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Press Release Fun: Brain Burps About Books & Contest!


Here’s the pretty lady I occasionally do podcast reviews for.  She’s got herself a sweet little press release.  Heads up: THINKING ABOUT CHILDREN’S BOOKS? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT! Author/illustrator creates kidlit-centric podcast with bonus-laden app Online talk radio attracts over 2.6 million listeners each month and practically all of them listen to Katie Davis’s […]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Case of the Imaginary Friend

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So I finally sat myself down and watched the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie the other day.  I felt properly prepared to do so.  I had read the review by Claire E. Gross over at Horn Book.  I had read The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary.  I was pumped.  I was ready.  So my husband […]

Review of the Day: Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly by Carolyn Parkhurst


Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly By Carolyn Parkhurst Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino Feiwel and Friends  (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 Ages 4-8 On shelves October 26, 2010 Since I work in the main branch of New York Public Library, sometimes I get to see the occasional celebrity. Not long ago, Mario Batali was in my […]

Fusenews: Chicken pox for the soul


We begin today with a mild pet peeve of mine.  Here we go.  You see this lovely new paperback edition cover of the book Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me?  Well I had great affection for the original story, though I was relatively lukewarm on its first cover.  […]

Video Sunday: “And barbarian lords with feathered hair . . . from Delaware!”

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Ah.  Sweet screen capture.  Only you could give me the chance to get just the right angle on this video of M.T. Anderson singing (YES, singing!) his Delaware song.  And truth be told, the man does a lovely acapella rendition of the ode.  The only thing that could make it even more complete would be […]

Review of the Day – Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch


Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword By Barry Deutsch Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-8422-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves November 1, 2010 “Yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl,” says the byline. Well seriously. How was I supposed to pass that up? I’d grabbed a copy of Hereville at an American Library […]

In Search of the Elusive Funny Female Character


Yeah.  Too dang quiet around here.  Need to needle the masses.  Get a little controversy started. Here’s an idea.  I’ll throw out a sentence and then you can jump on my head with the reasons why this sentence is wrong.  Here’s goes nothing: Why do some writers (sometimes women and more often men) have such […]

Dueling Bingos: Emphasis on “Duel”


I have promised you tales of BINGO, have I not?  Tales to curl the very insides of your soul.  Tales that recount my magnificent victory over Lady Luck, Charlie Chance, and Sarah Serendipity!  And recount my tale I shall! A week and a half ago I asked you, my faithful readers, to sponsor me in […]

Things Are Heating Up . . .

While my friend Davin has applied at The Museum of Science and Industry for their Month at the Museum assignment, I must admit that he’s not my only friend vying for the position.  Over in Maine you’ve got your Leila Roy applying (though sadly she hasn’t let us see her entry). Another applicant is YA […]

Review of the Day: Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke and Hooray for Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke


Anna Hibiscus /  Hooray for Anna Hibiscus By Atinuke Illustrated by Lauren Tobia Kane Miller (a division of EDC Publishing) $5.99 ISBN: 978-1-935279-73-0 / ISBN 978-1-935279-74-7 Ages 4-9 On shelves September 1, 2010 The rare dual review!  I hardly ever do them, but today is special. Rarer than quality board books. More elusive than good […]

Fusenews: Warning – Contains Me


That’s what Neil Gaiman writes on Twitter whenever he links to one of his blog posts.  “Warning: Contains Me.”  Well, today’s a nice me-centric post, but let’s start off by looking at a “them” instead.  Specifically, a “them” of awesome. Two years ago authors Jim Averbeck and Maria Van Lieshout had an idea.  Since the […]

Librarian Preview: Blue Apple Books (Fall 2010)


Sometimes these previews happen in a large room with a bunch of librarians, and sometimes they’re a little more one-on-one.  So when I was asked whether or not I’d sit down with the folks from Blue Apple Books to hear about their upcoming season I didn’t pay a whole heckuva lot of attention to the […]

Video Sunday: Featuring world famous cheesy animation technology


Recently I’ve been trying to get in touch with Mr. Pilkey because I have a very very important question to ask him.  Unfortunately, he spends a goodly time of his life in Japan without access to email (or so I’ve been told). Fortunately, (this is turning into a Remy Charlip book) he recently made this […]

Review of the Day: Calling All Animals by Matthew Porter


Calling All Animals By Matthew Porter Simply Read Books ISBN: 978-1-897476-34-5 $8.95 On shelves now. Reviewing board books is an inherently ridiculous proposition. Really, it boils down to this: You’re reviewing an item that’s going to be handed to a creature that won’t rule out the possibility that the book in question is a potential […]

The Personalities of Intrusive Narrators

Spent the evening watching a 1930s film involving Polynesians, Dorothy Lamour, and a gigantic sweeping hurricane.  After experiencing something like that, you don’t go in for long posts. Still, I’ve been pondering a little notion lately that I’d like to ricochet off your skulls for a moment.  It started when I read A Tale Dark […]