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Review of the Day: How the Sphinx Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland

How the Sphinx Got to the Museum By Jessie Hartland Blue Apple Books $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-60905-032-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now One of the most frequent requests I get from parents in my library is a desire for books on “community workers”. Which is to say, their children have been given an assignment in school […]

Review of the Day: Thunder from the Sea by Jeff Weigel

Thunder from the Sea: Adventure On Board the HMS Defender By Jeff Weigel G.P. Putnam’s Sons (a division of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-2509-7 Ages 8 and up. On shelves now Kids don’t pretend to be sailors anymore. Did they ever? I think so. There must have been a time when the lure of seaside battles […]

A Harrowing Tale of Shaky Bridges and Saintly Landladies

Ah.  It’s that wonderful time of the year when I start desperately burning off as many reviews as I possibly can of 2010 books.  If I don’t review them now, I never will.  Eek! But not today.  Today I’m going to regale you with an epic tale.  I’ve noticed that a couple librarians out there […]

A Fuse #8 Prediction: Newbery/Caldecott 2011

After much consideration and contemplation, I have decided to deal with this year’s final predictions of the Newbery/Caldecott in a cynical manner that’s not too far off from how I chose my Oscar winners.  Which is to say, rather than tote the names I want to win the big ALA Media Awards, I’m going to […]

Review of the Day: Singing Away the Dark by Caroline Woodward

Singing Away the Dark By Caroline Woodward Illustrated by Julie Morstad Simply Read Books $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-897476-41-3 On shelves now The range of different going to school books varies wildly. This is understandable. After all, the act of attending school is one of the first moments of autonomy a child experiences. This is particularly true […]

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

A year off, but the sentiment remains. Every year I collect the links that’ll work best when a particular holiday rolls around.  This year, I found a couple to my liking. Those of you willing to kill a couple hours in your day would do worse than to play around with the 2010 Christmas Price […]

Review of the Day: The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt

The Adventures of Nanny Piggins By R.A. Spratt Illustrated by Dan Santat Little Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-06819-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Don’t judge a book by its cover, they say. To heck with that, say I. When it comes to books for kids, nine times out of ten you’re going to end […]

Fusenews: “Godspeed, little criminal”

Sometimes I’ll take the number 6 train home for fun.  It’s more convenient than the 2/3 if I’m on the East side, after all.  Recently a sketch artist/author team from the New York Times interviewed the folks on my train about the books they were reading.  There are some nice children’s literary shout-outs in the […]

Librarian Preview: Egmont (Spring & Summer 2011)

All right!  Egmont time!  A time for monted eggs (wait . . . . what?). Yes, Egmont doesn’t always put on a librarian preview, but once in a while they do and I was pleased to partake of their copious heaps of cheese (cheese = always good) when seeing the latest titles they have on […]

A trip around the city with Ayun Halliday

Well today’s a treat.  Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce Ms. Ayun Halliday.  Now I know that to most of you Ms. Halliday’s name is most closely associated with picture books like Always Lots of Heinies in the Zoo (illustrated by the illustrious Dan Santat).  But see, the thing about Ms. Halliday is that […]

Video Sunday: Oye como va?

BAM!  Now that is what I’m talking about.  Geez o’ petes, wow.  Book trailers are fascinating little microcosms of how someone wants to promote their book.  It’s hard to tell if Mr. Gutman made this trailer for the upcoming The Genius Files entirely himself or if Harper Collins played a hand, but all I care […]

Review of the Day: Last Song by James Guthrie

Last Song: A Lullaby By James Guthrie Illustrated by Eric Rohmann Roaring Brook Press $10.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-508-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. This is a very difficult book to review. When I review a picture book, you see, I need a “hook”. I need to latch onto some aspect of the product that strikes me […]

Sick as a dog

No post today.  Off to recuperate and sleep lots.  And five points to the first person who can correctly name the children’s book that contains this image on the cover.  Go!

Interview with a Cosmic man

Yup.  Last week were the WBBT interviews.  This was going to be one of them but due to a twisted alignment in the stars, that was not to be.  Now I don’t usually post interviews just in and of themselves.  Generally speaking I see myself as a subpar interviewer (or, as in this case, a […]

Review of the Day: A Family of Readers by Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano

A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature By Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano $22.00 ISBN: 978-0-7636-3280-9 Audience: Adult On shelves now. A curious thing occurs when you find yourself pregnant. I don’t mean the sudden desire to devour your neighbor or the embiggening of the belly region. […]