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Press Release Fun: The Gold Kite Award and Sid Fleschman Award Winners

THE SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS AND HONOREES OF THE 2011 GOLDEN KITE AWARDS & SID FLEISCHMAN AWARD The 2011 awards are presented for excellence in books for young readers published in the 2010 calendar year. Golden Kite Award Winners Fiction: TURTLE IN PARADISE By Jennifer Holm Random House Books [...]

Fusenews: Time to class the joint up

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Nice movie poster, right?  Wouldn’t look too shabby in your local cineplex.  Well, don’t get too excited quite yet.  It seems that Sean Astin (a.k.a. Sam from the Lord of the Rings trilogy) is raising money to start production on this film, to be shot in Denmark.  Lowry reports on the process, though she is [...]

Video Sunday: Oscar Edition

LostThing

Tonight, if you’re anything like myself, you’ll be cuddling up to a big bowl of popcorn to watch the Academy Awards get handed out.  This year the animated short films are where you can find the most familiar name in children’s literature.  First and foremost would have to be Shaun Tan (of The Arrival and [...]

My stepmother killed me, my father devoured me

BigBookofGrimm

We are living through a strange era.  Fairy tales, long a source of folktelling splendor, are currently being pillaged for their movie rights like never before.  There are, for example, THREE different Snow White retellings in the works as we speak, as well as that Red Riding Hood coming out in theaters and many many [...]

Review of the Day: Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

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Me . . . Jane By Patrick McDonnell Little Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316004546-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 5th Pity the picture book biographer. Theirs is not an easy lot. Seems to me that if you want to introduce a six-year-old to a famous person there are two ways of going about it. [...]

Fusenews: “The Hardy boys were tense with a realization of their peril.”

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So I’m reading through my weekly edition of AL Direct and I notice that no matter what worldwide occurrence takes place, librarians are always there. Whether it’s damage to two libraries in Egypt, stories from the librarians in Christchurch, New Zealand, or how the Wisconsin Library Association delayed Library Legislative Day due to the protests, [...]

“I’m really what they call in the States ‘outsider art.’” : The Work of Etienne Delessert

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Last August I had some fun highlighting The Creative Company’s series of short stories published as individual books.  You know.  The Monkey’s Paw.  The Lottery.  The Most Dangerous Game.  That kind of stuff.  While looking at their covers I couldn’t help but notice that quite a few were done by the artist Etienne Delessert.  Delessert’s [...]

Review of the Day: Small Persons with Wings by Ellen Booraem

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Small Persons with Wings By Ellen Booraem Dial (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3471-5 Ages 10-14 On shelves now We’re all sick of vampires right now. We’re also a little tired of zombies and don’t even TALK to me about angels. A couple years ago you could have said the same about child wizards. [...]

Board Book Investigations: Herve Tullet

FingerWorms

They’ve never much appealed to me before, but with my future spawn a-kicking in my midriff, it’s high time I started seeking out some of the better quality board books out there.  After all, I ain’t reading no junk to the fledgling.  So it is we begin a new series here on Fuse #8: Board [...]

Obit: Perry Moore, YA author of Hero

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I was incredibly sorry to hear that Perry Moore, the producer of the Narnia films and the YA author of Hero was found dead recently.  Perry was really just the sweetest guy, the few times I met with him.  We speak of people being warm, but Perry really was.  There was nothing “Hollywood” about him [...]

Video Sunday: Uncle Shelby’s Corner

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When I first started to work for New York Public Library I was placed at an amazing near 150-year-old part of the system called the Jefferson Market Branch in Greenwich Village.  My husband once shot a fantastic short film there in the clocktower, and I believe a Law & Order episode took place there once [...]

Review of the Day: A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid

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A Pet for Petunia By Paul Schmid Harper Collins Children’s Books $12.99 ISBN: 978-0-0619-3315 Ages 4-8 On shelves now When I was in ninth grade or so I learned that a fellow classmate owned a pet skunk. I joke not. Apparently these things do happen. While not strictly domesticated, it is possible to remove the [...]

Fusenews: “Compare and contrast Goodnight Moon with The Sun Also Rises”

AmisPigeon

Lotso hotso news today, folks.  I hardly know where to begin.  Let’s start with the big news that the illustrious editor Margaret K. McElderry passed away recently.  I had mentioned The McElderry Book of Greek Myths in my Valentine’s Day post earlier this week.  Maybe she was on my mind.  In any case, there’s a [...]

History in 2011: Conveying or Concealing the Past?

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In my travels I’ve been perusing the historical fiction that’s been coming out lately and I think I have detected an interesting trend.  An interesting book jacket trend, no less. Consider the following: What do all of these have in common?  Well, first off, they’re all historical fiction.  Historical fiction that, in some cases, is [...]

Review of the Day: Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

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Zita the Spacegirl – Book One: Far From Home By Ben Hatke First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook / Macmillan) $10.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-695-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I run a bookgroup for kids between the ages of 9-13. Like a number of American children in the 21st century, these kids have an overwhelming [...]