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Review of the Day: Crunch by Leslie Connor

Crunch By Leslie Connor Katherine Tegan Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-169229-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Leslie Connor forgive me; I sometimes forget how awesome you are. It’s nice to rely on an author. To know that you can trust them to write book after book that isn’t crap. That’s true […]

First the Egg

Originally I intended to go to ALA in New Orleans this coming June.  If you’ve not been to a New Orleans ALA Conference, there’s nothing quite like it.  The food, the sights, it’s all quite lovely.  That was before I learned about a project with a release date in June that was going to throw […]

Video Sunday: “I’m the tallest and the hairiest so I got the most votes”

I may have mentioned in my National Book Award post that Jon Scieszka presented an award to Joan Ganz Cooney with the help of none other than Elmo himself.  Well, thanks to the quick thinking of Rocco Staino, we have evidence that this event did indeed occur.  Behold!  It’s Elmo’s/Jon’s World.  I’d sing the theme […]

Fusenews: Pretty pictures

It can be hard defending my juvenile love of Archie comics as a kid, but I am a woman of many means.  Now there’s a new magazine out there by the name of Veronica & Betty.  First off, not Betty & Veronica but Veronica & Betty?  Granted, there used to be a comic by the […]

Happy Turkey Day!

As you bask in this glorious day, eating lots of food, gawking at the Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (wish my apartment was just a leetle closer to the parade route) enjoy this fabulous and fun article by Rocco Staino that appeared recently in Huffington Post: Turkeys: The […]

Review of the Day: It’s a Book by Lane Smith

It’s a Book By Lane Smith Roaring Brook Press (a division of Holtzbrinck) $12.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-606-0 On shelves now. Where to begin? Begin at the beguine, I suppose. I’ve had It’s a Book sitting on my shelf for months and now the time is ripe. As you may have heard one place or another, it […]

Press Release Fun: The Joe and Shirl Scholarship

This is worth noting. An online auction that helps to let lower income kids attend art programs.  But I’ll let the scholarship’s founder, Jarrett Krosoczka, tell you more himself: As Jarrett wrote me recently: “I started a scholarship at the Worcester Art Museum for needy youth who have unique familial situations, in memory of my […]

Why Doesn’t Anyone Remember the Just So Stories Anymore?

Or rather, why don’t they get reprinted with new illustrations all that often? I was in the library the other day with an editor friend I know and we started discussing The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling.  Kipling is a difficult fellow to get a grasp on.  The heart and soul of colonialism in […]

Fusenews: A small smackerel of news

When you work with the real Winnie-the-Pooh you have a tendency to get complacent. “Oh sure,” you think.  ” I know everything about that bear.  Absolutely everything.”  So it’s nice when the universe gives you a swift kick in the pants to remind you that you are not always up on your Pooh knowledge.  Or […]

Video Sunday: Hullo?

Julie Fortenberry, I kiss your tiny feet.  I’ve known for years that Shaun Tan had been transferring his efforts from books to filmmaking, but I’d not seen the fruits of his or anyone else’s labor.  Now we have a trailer for his remarkable The Lost Thing.  My sole regret is that there is nowhere for […]

Review of the Day: Trickster edited by Matt Dembicki

Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection Edited by Matt Dembicki Fulcrum Books $22.95 ISBN: 978-1-55591-724-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. This year I helped a committee come up with the 100 best books for children. This list has been produced for a while and each year we make sure to include a folk and […]

Librarian Preview: Harper Collins (Spring 2011)

Once you get into the swing of these librarian previews, they start to come easier to the old typing fingers.  For Spring 2011 I’ve mostly been keeping to the publishers with smaller print runs until now.  Candlewick.  Chronicle.  Lerner.  Harper Collins sort of marks the first foray into the big leagues.  Each table took thirty […]

National Book Awards: Worth Your Weight in Tiny Food

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending my first National Book Award ceremony.  That I had not attended one before is not surprising since (A) it’s pricey and (B) I am not in the publishing business or (strictly speaking) a member of the press.  As it happens, my lovely President of NYPL invited me along […]

Press Release Fun: Book Maker’s Dozen

You know how they say that there are more authors and illustrators of children’s books located in Brooklyn than anywhere else in the country (with Utah and the Amherst area running close behind)?  Well, somebody thought it might be a good idea to take advantage of that fact. Me buddy the illustrator (and sometimes author) […]

Fusenews: “Does the Quiet Old Lady evolve as a character or does she remain static?”

This Wednesday will see the final announcements of The National Book Award winners for one and all to see.  Unlike the Newbery, Caldecott, or ALA Media Awards of any stripe, judges on the National Book Award committee are uniquely tight-lipped.  They can’t even really give their own opinions of the books looked at (though you […]