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Review of the Day: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Dead End in Norvelt By Jack Gantos Farrar, Straus and Giroux (an imprint of Macmillan) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-374-37993-3 Ages 10-14 On shelves September 13, 2011 What makes Jack Gantos tick? It’s a question that haunts every book he writes, from the simplest Rotten Ralph to his own YA autobiography Hole in My Life. It’s a […]

Press Release Fun: The Ezra Jack Keats Awards Ceremony!

Yes, I feel like an utterly lazy little bum with these incessant press releases rather than real blogging.  But my doggone evenings are just too exciting these days!  Blame the waning days of my non-mommyhood.  I promise that next week I’ll make it up to you tenfold.  In the meantime, howzabout coming on by my […]

Press Release Fun: A Girls Club in Every Country, Every City

From LitWorld we get the following: Throughout the world, 774 million people are illliterate, and 2/3 of that number are women. Because of this, one of our biggest programs is our LitWorld Girls Clubs for Literacy, a reading and writing program that empowers young women to tap into their extraordinary strengths and meet their personal […]

Back in Print Beauties: Here Comes the Cat! by Frank Asch and Vladimir Vagin

“In 1986, two artists – one Russian, one American – joined forces, against the odds, to tell a brand-new kind of picture story.” Back in February it was in all the news.  Publishers Weekly proclaimed loud and long, Children’s Imprint from McSweeney’s to Launch in May.  For some this didn’t seem a huge surprise.  McSweeney’s […]

Fusenews: Love to eat them mousies. Mousies what I love to eat.

I feel like the White Rabbit here.  No time, no time!  We’ll have to do this round-up of Fusenews in a quick quick fashion then.  Forgive the brevity!  It may be the soul of wit but it is really not my preferred strength.  In brief, then! First, I want this book to exist: Dean Trippe, […]

Review of the Day: My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer

My Side of the Car By Kate Feiffer Illustrated by Jules Feiffer Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4405-5 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 26th. Reality is subjective. You learn this when you have children of your own. What may be glaringly obvious to a parent will pass right over a six-year-old’s head (and vice-versa). To a […]

Video Sunday: Happy Easter

My thinking on the matter is that if you can’t have baby rabbits in cups on Easter then when the heck can you have them?  Thanks to mom for the link. So!  It’s yet another on and off cloudy day here in NYC, but we’re heartened by the rise in temperatures from windy cold to […]

Librarian Preview: Little Brown and Company (Fall 2011 – Winter 2012)

Previews, previews!  Lovely little previews! And we find ourselves back at the Yale Club, across the street from Grand Central Station, and a whopping 10 minutes away, on foot, from my library.  There are advantages to living on a tiny island, I tell ya. As per usual, Little Brown pulled out all the stops for […]

Announcing a New Poll . . . But First!

There’s a baby on my horizon.  A big beautiful time-consuming baby (helloooo, new blogging thrice a week schedule).  With that in mind it’s time for . . . YET ANOTHER FUSE #8 PRODUCTION POLL!!! Yeah.  I’m not sure exactly when I will have said poll what with the aforementioned Bird spawn, but it’s going to […]

Review of the Day: Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Sidekicks By Dan Santat Arthur A. Levine (an imprint of Scholastic) $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-439-29811-7 Ages 8-12 On shelves July 1, 2011 When I was a kid I got to read comics that I had no business putting my grubby little hands on. You see my grandmother had carefully left all my dad’s old Superman, Superboy, […]

Press Release Fun: Gary Schmidt Live Webcast!

I don’t usually promote webcasts, but this one’s special. It’s going to be shot (as they say) in the Rare Book Room of my very own library for one thing.  For another it sounds kind of neat: A Live Webcast with Gary Schmidt Join two-time Newbery Honor-winning author GARY SCHMIDT for a live webcast event! […]

Kidlit Drink Night: BEA/Help RIF/My Last One? Edition

All right!  Cheryl and I have done the math, figured out the logic, carried the two, all that jazz.  The end result is that we have FINALLY come up with a reasonable Kidlit Drink Night time and location in conjunction with BEA this year.  But there’s a catch . . . This time around we […]

Fusenews: The Caldecott Killer

The other day I spoke on the phone with author James Cross Giblin.

Video Sunday: Delicious Bee-Meat

Well, that was satisfying.  For those of you unfamiliar with the James Kennedy/Neil Gaiman “feud” (and I use that term loosely) this video may work best with a little background.  You see, I first became acquainted with the YA author of The Order of Odd Fish when he wrote this remarkable screed entitled America, Emulate […]

Back in Print Beauties: Adelaide by Tomi Ungerer

New series!  Here’s a hint on how to blog almost daily.  Come up with various series so that you don’t have to worry about what kind of content to provide at a given moment.  For example, at this point I’ve the Review of the Day series, the Video Sunday series, the Fusenews series, Press Release […]