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Happy Halloween! Video Sunday Goes Goth.

Dickens

You could be forgiven for thinking you could get through the day without seeing a Dickensian interpretation of Thriller.  Some folks are Harry Potter fans.  Others love Oz.  It is the Dickens fan that is the most interesting to me sometimes, though.  My friend Marci informed me that when Michael Jackson died there were a [...]

Fusenews: I speak for the trees . . . and oatmeal

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Lest we forget that book banning and free speech issues are conversational topics appropriate beyond the brackets of Banned Books Week, a recent news item has me lost for words.  A federal appeals court has ruled, and this is true, that an Ohio high school teacher “has no First Amendment right to make assignments about [...]

Review of the Day: Ubiquitous by Joyce Sidman

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Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors By Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beckie Prange $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-618-71719-4 Ages 6-10 On shelves now. I believe that there are different muses of children’s literature. You have you Beautiful Spine muses, your Great Editor muses, your Awe-Inspiring Marketing muses, and your Copyediting Magnificence muses. Each one of these references those elements [...]

How Much is an Author Obligated to Say?

anythingbuttypical

You know, sometimes you write a review and then you spend time thinking about it long after it has posted.  The advantage, or disadvantage depending on how you view it, of blog reviews is that technically you could change them at any time.  But is that a good idea?  If you want to clarify a [...]

Fusenews: Give it what you’ve got

eastofthesun

James Preller has an idea.  An awesome idea.  We’ve all heard that boys are reading far less than girls these days.  To combat this lack of laddie reading, folks have come up with booklists or websites or what have you to inspire the male masses to pick up a book.  Preller, however, has taken a [...]

Review of the Day: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

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Mockingbird By Kathryn Erskine Philomel (a division of Penguin) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25264-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Children’s librarians read quite a few books for kids and the result is that we tend to want to discuss them with one another. Unlucky librarians are surrounded solely by people who agree with their opinions. You’re much [...]

Librarian Preview: Lerner Publishing (Spring 2011)

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Just a day or two ago, children’s literature bloggers converged upon Minneapolis, Minnesota to celebrate the Kidlitcon.  And this year they got a bit of organizing help from the local folks over at Lerner Publishing Group.  Yet before any of this happened, a couple lovely Lerner lasses met with me in NYC in a Belgian [...]

Video Sunday: Ba Ba Ba Ba Baaaaa

Tan

Recently Neil Gaiman and Shaun Tan sat down at the Sydney Opera House to discuss their work.  The result is a series of interviews on the opera house’s website.  I once was speaking to a musician about Shaun Tan and offered the fellow his contact information when Gaiman swoops over and says that not only [...]

Fusenews: Fight fight, inner light. Kill, Quakers, Kill!*

Frankenstein

Well, kids, here’s the deal.  While I’d love to tell you that I won’t be blogging for the next few days or so because I’ll be at the Kidlitcon in Minnesota this weekend, truth be told the real reason for my sporadic bursts is that it’s my 10-year college reunion and I am in the [...]

Battle of the Bands: An NYPL Recap

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Last Saturday I was able to breathe freely for the first time in months.  This was due in large part to an event that occurred on the preceding Friday.  You see, roughly six months ago I had an idea.  A loony idea.  A crazy, kooky, madcap INSANE idea.  I had noticed in my travels, you [...]

Review: Where Is Catkin? by Janet Lord

Catkin

Where Is Catkin? By Janet Lord Illustrated by Julie Paschkis Peachtree Press ISBN: 978-1-56145-523-2 $16.95 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Julie Paschkis makes cats look fun to draw. There. Done. Shortest review I ever wrote. Where’s my hot toddy? Aw, heck. Look at me. Old softie that I am I can’t just stop with that. [...]

Fusenews: Encyclopedia Peck

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As far as I’m concerned, every good blog post should begin with fiction starring Gregory Peck.  What we have here is one of the luscious finds boasted by Greg Hatcher over at the site Comic Book Resources.  I’m a big fan of Hatcher because when he does round ups like this one he always takes [...]

Video Sunday: They say you can take the girl out of Michigan but you can’t take Michigan out of the girl.

HarryPotter

While I much prefer the literal version of old classics like Total Eclipse of the Heart, Take On Me and the library-inspired Head Over Heels, I appreciate a good literal version of a movie every once in a while too. Thanks to Lisa at Shelf-employed for the link. Okay.  So let us say for the [...]

Amazing Greek Myths of Wonders and Blunders by Mike Townsend

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Amazing Greek Myths of Wonders and Blunders By Mike Townsend Dial (a Division of Penguin Young Readers Group) ISBN: 978-0-8037-3308-4 $14.99 Ages 7-12 On shelves now. It’s been an uncommonly good year for graphic novel Greek myths, don’t you think? From George O’Connor’s amazing new series (starting with Zeus: King of the Gods) to two [...]

Halloween Picture Books: Wherefore the Style?

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Lazy, Betsy.  Truth be told I’d love to laze about allowing my serving boys to feed me peeled grapes as I recline on a divan composed entirely of rejected F&Gs.  Instead, I’m going to do a very small Halloween round-up post.  This is unusual.  I know that real review journals like Kirkus like to round-up [...]