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Review of the Day: Sneaky Sheep by Chris Monroe


Sneaky Sheep By Chris Monroe Carolrhoda Books (a division of Lerner) $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-5615-8 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. If an author/illustrator redefines picturebookdom’s understanding of the relationship between monkeys and their tool belts, it’s difficult to predict where they may go next. Chris Monroe is one such puzzle to me. Most picture book author/illustrators […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2011: The Big Questions


Yes, it’s time yet again to try to figure out what might win this year’s Newbery (for the best written work for children) and Caldecott (for the best illustrated book for children) Awards for 2011.  Let’s try something a little different from Part One and Part Two of this year’s predictionfest.  Now with Heavy Medal […]

Review of the Day: Binky to the Rescue by Ashley Spires


Binky to the Rescue By Ashley Spires Kids Can Press $8.95 ISBN: 978-1-55453-597-2 Ages 7-12 On shelves now When I try to think of cat-related graphic novels for kids, I find that titles don’t fall trippingly off of my tongue. Sure there’s the fabulous Fashion Kitty (a great series, in spite of the sound of […]

Fusenews: Juice proof


Oh man.  I need to get my third Newbery/Caldecott predictions up and pronto.  Now that the Heavy Medal blog has entered the arena again you just know that the debating is about to begin.  Already I can see that I’ll have to fight tooth and nail for my beloved One Crazy Summer and that Nina […]

Review of the Day: Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins and Other Nasties by Lesley M.M. Blume


Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins and Other Nasties: A Practical Guide by Miss Edythe McFate As told to Lesley M.M. Blume Illustrated by David Foote Alfred A. Knopf (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86203-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 14th The term “urban fantasy” gets bandied about a bit these days. If you’re unfamiliar […]

Video Sunday: I’m going on


Well, that just about sums it all up for me, all right.  Particularly the moment when he discusses feeling envious of past generations.  Man.  They had it easy.  This one’s going out to all you writers (and illustrators, to be fair) out there.  Thanks to Sarah Beth Durst for the link. I know that a […]

Kidlit Drink Night: Monday Reminder

Just a reminder that if you haven’t already made plans, we’d love to see you at The Ginger Man this coming Monday for Kidlit Drink Night.  The details: What: Kidlit Drink Night – A monthly gathering of children’s literary enthusiasts where any and all are welcome. Where: The Ginger Man, 11 East 36th Street between […]

Why Can’t Katniss Have an Accent?: The Role of the Southerner in American Children’s Literature


In a recent USA Today piece we learned that the two leading contenders for the role of Katniss in the upcoming Hunger Games movie are Chloe Moretz and Kristen Stewart (thanks to bookshelves of doom for the link).  Moretz, if you might recall, played the imaginary friend in the recent Diary of a Wimpy Kid […]

Bringing the Funny . . . Twice!


Have plans this weekend?  That’s a pity.  I sure wish you could drop those plans because I have TWO (count ’em) TWO panels that I’m moderating on Saturday and Sunday and they both have the same topic: Funny Books. How did this happen?  I have no idea, but I do find it amusing how some […]

Fusenews: It’s a mouse. It’s a monkey. It’s a blue footed booby.


So I’m at a lovely picture book author’s event the other night at Sharlene’s (note the shameless plug for my friend’s bar) and while talking to some industry folks I hear a rumor I’d previously been unaware of.  “Did you know that they’re thinking of merging the ALA and BEA conferences?”  Uh . . . […]

I am big. It’s the children that got small.


We’ve been doing a fair amount of weeding in the old Children’s Center these days.  I’ve taken on the challenge of tackling the fiction.  Weeding a fiction collection is rather like weeding a garden.  There’s a lot of dead heading involved.  Space to fill.  Dead matter to discard. While going through the books of yesteryear […]

Review of the Day: Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee


Bink and Gollie By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee Illustrated by Tony Fucile Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-3266-3 Ages 6-8 On shelves September 14th I eye Bink and Gollie across the room with a slow reptilian stare. I yell at it, “I refuse to be charmed by you!” I throw a shoe. Bink and Gollie, […]

Fusenews: Whole lotta off-topic stuff


Once in a while it does the brain a bit of good to go a little off-topic.  So while most of this is children’s literature related, there’s a whole slew of other topics worked in for spice as well.  Have at it. I haven’t been recommending that you read Collecting Children’s Books nearly enough lately, […]

Video Sunday: “We’re keeping food fresh till the end of days!”


I’ve been clutching this video to my chest for months, just waiting, waiting, waiting for September to come around.  Children’s literature related?  Not unless funky puppets count (that puppet makes me laugh every time).  Just consider this something to get your groove on today.  September is here (yipes!) and if your weather is anything like […]

Review of the Day: Growing Patterns by Sarah C. Campbell


Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature By Sarah C. Campbell Photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell Boyds Mills Press $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-59078-752-6 Ages 6 and up On shelves now. One of the more interesting requests I receive at my library’s reference desk comes from parents seeking math books for their kids. Generally […]