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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Fusenews: “No important books have been injured during the making of any of these photographs.”

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Well the big news to come out of last week was the announcement of the titles that will be appearing on SLJ’s 2011 Battle of the Kids’ Books.  If you are unfamiliar with this event, each year sixteen books and around fifteen judges are selected by Battle Commanders Monica Edinger and Roxanne Feldman with input [...]

Video Sunday: “Give forth the name of this book, my good rat.”

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I was pleased as punch when author/illustrator Stephen Savage told me that he’d like to film part of his book trailer for Where’s Walrus? in my children’s room at the main branch of New York Public Library.  If you’ve ever wondered what the interior of my children’s room looks like, this is a pretty good [...]

Quiz Question: Imperative That I Know!

All right, folks. I need to poll you. I need you to be honest with me. I need you to answer the following question: Who is the funniest female author of children’s literature? Take some time.  Think about it.  I’m talking laugh-out-loud funny.  Go!

Review of the Day: Fortune Cookies by A. Bitterman

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Fortune Cookies By A. Bitterman Illustrated by Chris Raschka Beach Lane Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) $14.99 ISBN: 978- 1416968146 Ages 3-8 On shelves now In the old days, children’s librarians were viewed as the gatekeepers of quality books for youth. That meant that they had to divide the wheat from the chaff. [...]

Librarian Preview: Albert Whitman & Company (Spring 2011)

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Whew!  Boy, am I getting this last one in right under the gun or what?  Which is to say, before the end of January has passed.  The new round of previews begin in February so I didn’t want to have any loose stragglers waiting about when I saw the new crop of 2011 titles. A [...]

Fusenews: I’m lovin’ it

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New York, she is so snowy these days!  I’ve lived in this pleasant burg roundabout six years, by my count, but this is the first winter where the weather decided to bring back memories of my Michiganian (Michigander? Michiganolian?) youth.  Well, a good Fusenews is the perfect solution for any snowy day.  On to the [...]

Press Release Fun: A Writer’s Scholarship

Got this little message the other day and figured I’d pass it on.  For those writers amongst you: Scholarship News from the Highlights Foundation A lot of children’s writers dream of the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua. “Next year,” they promise themselves. “Next year I’m going to Chautauqua!” Then reality sets in. The drive [...]

Review of the Day: Won Ton by Lee Wardlaw

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Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku By Lee Wardlaw Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin Henry Holt and Company (a division of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-805-8995-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves February 15, 2011 A substitute teacher came up to my reference desk seeking, “Fun haiku books” to turn into lesson plans with their kids. That’s [...]

Video Sunday: Beaucoup d’Imagination

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She’ll have a book contract within a week.  This was undoubtedly the most popular video of the past week, making the rounds amongst folks who (A) like cute French kids (B) like Winnie-the-Pooh and (C) are aware that Pooh books are strikingly lacking in “singes”.  Many thanks to BoingBoing for the link. But really, this [...]

The Conundrum of The Secret River

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Oh, it’s too soon to consider 2012 Caldecott/Newbery books, right?  Of course it is.  Far too soon.  Still in the first flush of the announcements regarding the 2011 winners we should do a bit of maxin’ and relaxin’.  Enjoy some adult literature.  Sip a gimlet and enjoy all that Masterpiece Theater queuing up on our [...]

Review of the Day: Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

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Words in the Dust By Trend Reedy Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-26125-8 Ages 11 and up. On shelves now. A children’s book, written by a soldier about an Afghani girl, set in the recent past. That’s a toughie. There are a lot of easier books out there to review [...]

Children’s Literary Salon: A Passel of Poets

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That time of month again! Come on down if you’re able: The Children’s Literary Salon at the Children’s Center at 42nd Street is pleased to announce our event on Saturday, February 5th at 2:00 p.m. A Passel of Poets: Children’s Poetry in the Modern Age Poets Stephanie Calmenson, Bobbi Katz, Marilyn Singer, and Charles R. [...]

Return of the mysterious Lizard Music

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The year: Somewhere between 1984-1989.  Thereabouts. The place: Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Home of Gibson Guitars, celery, taxicab production, etc.  This may turn out to be important. The mystery:  So I’m watching what must have been PBS during the day.  Possibly over the summer, since I was a school aged child at this time and the only [...]

Fusenews: No More Dead Dog (Food)

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Marketing yourself.  Yeah, forget the hokey-pokey.  We know what it’s really all about in this game.  You poor authors and illustrators.  Isn’t it enough that you sweat and strain to create the highest quality literature for the generation that will inherit the earth after we are dead and gone . . . and now you’ve [...]

Review of the Day – Manners Mash-up: A Goofy Guide to Good Behavior

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Manners Mash-Up: A Goofy Guide to Good Behavior By: Tedd Arnold, Joe Berger, Sophie Blackall, Henry Cole, Frank Morrison, Lynn Munsinger, Tao Nyeu, LeUyen Pham, Adam Rex, Peter H. Reynolds, Dan Santat, Judy Schachner, Bob Shea, and Kevin Sherry Dial Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3480-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves [...]