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Review of the Day: Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis


Kat, Incorrigible By Stephanie Burgis Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 9781416994473 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Early nineteenth-century child and teen novels written with an equal influence of Jane Austen and Diana Wynne Jones are nothing new. Indeed they’ve been around for quite some time. They’re your Sorcery and Cecelia by […]

Fusenews: Polar bear, polar bear, what do you see?


Howdy, folks.  I’m starting off today with a little podcast-related item.  Back in the day I tried podcasting for sport.  It was fun (I had my own intro music and everything) but after a while it became clear that podcasting is a labor of love best left to the professionals with their prodigious editing skills, […]

Review of the Day: Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman


Blue Chicken By Deborah Freedman Viking (an imprint of Penguin) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-01293-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 15th Call it barnyard self-actualization. Too heavy an idea for a picture book? Fine. How about breaking down the barn’s fourth wall? Or nine barnyard characters in search of an illustrator? However you want to couch it, […]

Poetry Month Ideas: Try Something a Little Different


Don’t look now but it’s Poetry Month.  Yup.  It kind of snuck up on me too.  For a lot of librarians Poetry Month is that blessed time of year when our Dewey Decimal #811 books start flying off the shelves.  The time of year when we can start to seriously recommend those titles that might […]

Wedding Announcement: Congrats to My Marvelous Agent!

I am pleased as punch to announce the upcoming nuptials between my fantastic agent Stephen Barbara of the Foundry Agency (also representing Laura Amy Schlitz, Lauren Oliver, Monica Edinger, Peter Sieruta, Jules Danielson, and many others) and Senior Razorbill editor and incipient author Jessica Rothenberg.  Huge congratulations to the two of you!  Of all the […]

Review of the Day: Vincent van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind by Chiara Lossani


Vincent van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind By Chiara Lossani Illustrated by Octavia Monaco Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5390-5 Ages 7-10 On shelves now The art of the children’s biography is not for the faint of heart. If you think it consists of merely shuffling a few facts on a […]

Video Sunday: Too bad his duck is so crazy


You know what?  Skip everything I’ve ever suggested about visiting the Bologna Book Fair.  Airflights take a lot of time.  Your sleeping schedule gets off.  And then there’s all that walking.  Phew!  It’s enough to exhaust you just thinking about it.  No no, far better to just watch this little video created by Bart Moeyaert.  […]

Fusenews: “Think Old Testament Noel Coward”


All right.  Enough with Italy and all that.  Let’s get back into the swing of things here.  I feel like Fusenewsing it up and ain’t nuthin’ but nuthin’ gonna stop me.  And trust me, there were a couple things I missed while I was gone.  Like, say, April Fool’s Day.  Remember that this time last […]

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Winner Thoughts and Fancies


By now, I’m sure you already heard that Shaun Tan, amazing creator behind The Arrival, Tales from Outer Suburbia, and so on and such, was this year’s recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.  Why should you care?  Well apart from the fact that it’s always nice to see genius rewarded, there is the small […]

Discussion: Fables – Winner of the 2011 Bologna Ragazzi Award


Let’s talk Aesop. Specifically let’s talk Fables, a collection of Aesop’s tales by Editions Milan, illustrated by one Jean-Francois Martin.  When Cristina from The Tea Box asked me to join her in sitting in on the discussion, I wasn’t certain how interested I would be.  I knew that Fables was one of the few books […]

Review of the Day: Fly Trap by Frances Hardinge


Fly Trap By Frances Hardinge Harper Collins $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-088044-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves May 31, 2011 As I see it, reviewing a sequel is a peculiar enterprise. One can hardly review a book without suggesting to the reader that they read the previous novel as well. And in the rare case where the sequel […]

Bologna: Illustrators Exhibition (includes many pretty pictures)


So you’re a librarian or maybe just an enthusiast who has come to the Bologna Book Fair to have a good time.  You’ve gone to the floor and seen the tables there, but after a while you realize there’s not much for you there.  You sit in on discussions, and those are fun, but maybe […]

Video Sunday: Where you going? Barcelona. Oh.

And we’re back!  Back from Rome, back from Florence, back from Bologna, back from an overnight bus on the French Rivera (apologies, oh swollen ankles), back from even Barcelona itself! As such, the Video Sunday today is going to look a bit paltry.  Still, I rather adore this video, discovered not that long ago, all […]

Discussion: Trends in Lithuanian Children’s Literature (2000-2010)


While on the conference floor crashing an IBBY reception (more on that later) I was handed a copy of the IBBY publication Bookbird.   You know there was a time, best beloved, when I momentarily considered naming my own blog in that way, before accepting that it was a word already taken (I would have also […]

Happy International Children’s Book Day!

Appropriate for the topic of this week, no?  And to think I never knew that my little brother shared a birthday with Hans Christian Andersen.  Happy birthday, Ben! From the press release: Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen´s birthday, April 2, International Children´s Book Day (ICBD) has been celebrated to inspire a love […]