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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

DuchessofWhimsy

Why is a raven like a writing desk?*   More on topic, how is a bad query sent to an editor like a personal ad?  Last April The Rejectionist sought to answer this very question in Love is Like a Bottle of Query and I couldn’t help but figure that it would make a superb Valentine’s […]

Video Sunday: Less orange

HideandSeek

I once served on the Newbery committee that handed the medal to The Higher Power of Lucky.  Or, as I sometimes like to tell it, I was on the committee that handed an award to the book that got remembered almost entirely as “the scrotum book” all thanks to a New York Times article about […]

Review of the Day: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

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Okay for Now By Gary D. Schmidt Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-15260-8 Ages 10-14 On shelves April 18th There are three kinds of literary sequels for kids out there. First, you have the sequel that is so intricately tied into the plot of the first book that not a […]

“Kidlit” – The Debate Continues

The other day I celebrated my blog’s fifth birthday and folks were kind enough to lend me some happy wishes.  Over the next day or two, though, I started hearing odd murmurs about something I’d mentioned off-hand.  You see, as part of the piece I linked to my very first blog post.  That post uses […]

Review of the Day: Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia

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Hot, Hot Rot for Dada-ji By F. Zia Illustrated by Ken Min Lee & Low Books $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-60060-443-0 For ages 4-8 On shelves May 2011 It’s not that contemporary picture books featuring Indian-American characters don’t exist. Even off the top of my head I’m able to instantly conjure up titles like Mama’s Saris or […]

I now invoke The Michigan Mafia

Eunice&Dora

The other day I was reading an excellent 100 Scope Notes posting on A Quintet of Blogs to Watch.  Some I’d seen before (go, The Scop, go!) and some I had not.  For example, Travis mentions a highly amusing blog called Klickitat, which is as fun to say as it is to read.  But Travis […]

Happy 5th Birthday Little Bloggy Wog!

Fuse#8

Five years ago, I had a notion.  I’d read enough articles in SLJ to get an idea of what a blog was and could be.  So on February 7, 2006 I started my own.  Here’s what I said: Yeah.  That whole “a review a day” thing sort of ended when I realized that . . […]

Video Sunday: Blogging, I Am. Everything, I Post.

GermanYoda

Time to brush up on your high school German meine Damen und Herren.  Yes The Strange Case of Origami Yoda got its own pretty impressive fan trailer straight outta Germany the other day.  It’s interesting, but I was even more taken with the German name of the book.  Yoda, I Am!  Everything, I Know! As […]

Fusenews: Putting the haha in the brou

MotherGoose

Well, far be it from me to begin with a Facebook link when I know full well that some of you don’t have Facebook accounts and still others can’t view Facebook links while you’re at work (schools in particular come to mind).  But this is just so kinda cool that I can hardly resist.  If […]

Review of the Day: Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming

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Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart By Candace Fleming Schwartz & Wade (an imprint of Random House) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84198-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves February 8, 2011 When I was growing up my schoolroom classes would routinely learn about the great unsolved mysteries of the world. How they made Stonehenge. […]

Delicious Groundhog, Baked to Perfection

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It’s February 2nd, so you know what that means, right?  Time to whip up a batch of delicious Punxsutawney Phil Pudding Pops! Nilla wafers.  Is there anything they can’t do?  Get the full recipe for these little buggers here. I credit the BB-Blog with that little discovery, but on the children’s literary side of things […]

Review of the Day: Season of Secrets by Sally Nicholls

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Season of Secrets By Sally Nicholls Arthur A. Levine (an imprint of Scholastic) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-21825-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Sally Nicholls is not a household name here in America. She is possibly not even a name that most children’s librarians, booksellers, and teachers would recognize right off the bat. This, in spite of […]