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Fusenews: Tomie/Tomi, Tomi/Tomie

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Things that I love: Blogging. My baby girl.  Seattle.  Two of those three things will be coming together on September 16th and 17th.  That’s when the 5th (five already?) annual Kidlitcon will occur!  It’s looking like a remarkable line-up as well with special keynote speaker YA author Scott Westerfeld and great presentations, as per usual.  [...]

Children’s Literary Toys: Yottoy and Beyond

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The advantage to having a new baby is that you find yourself introduced to whole worlds tangentially related to children’s literature that you might have missed prior to giving birth to live young.  For example, I’m not one of those women who owns a lot of toys.  Toys are great.  I am pro-toy.  However, before [...]

Review of the Day: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

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Breadcrumbs By Anne Ursu Illustrated by Erin McGuire Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-201505-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 27, 2011 Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen is, let’s admit it, the world’s greatest puberty metaphor. A boy and girl are friends. Something happens and he grows cold [...]

Fusenews: “I’m not trading my beef jerky for your edamame.”

DiaryManlyKid

This may have to qualify for this month’s Best Thing Ever. You know Jon Scieszka?  Great guy.  Has two kids as it happens.  Casey and Jake.  Good guys.  Adults.  Now along with Steven Weinberg (who wrote To Timbuktu with Casey) the trio has created Diary of a Manly Kid.  Pretty much what it sounds like [...]

Video Sunday: At worst, I feel bad for a while. But then I just smile.

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Top of the morning to you!  And how is your Sunday today?  Lots of good stuff on the roster today, I am happy to report.  First off, the upcoming Selznick smash hit Wonderstruck hardly needs me to promote it, but since I’ve only just now finally picked it up for a read I like hearing [...]

Review of the Day: Lola’s Fandango by Anna Witte

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Lola’s Fandango By Anna Witte Illustrated by Micha Archer Narrated by The Amador Family Barefoot Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-84686-174-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 1, 2011 In my children’s room at the library the requests I receive at the reference desk from kids and their parents vary widely. On the subject of dance there’s a [...]

Librarian Preview: Albert Whitman and Company (Fall 2011)

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Prior to my babyfied state I met with two publishers who gave me the rundown on their upcoming seasons.  Not knowing when I’d get to their previews I had the vague hope that I’d be able to do so before their books came out (Fall 2011).  Fortunately, sometimes life works out just the way you’d [...]

Press Release Fun: USBBY at ALA

DON’T MISS . . . For those of you attending the upcoming ALA meeting in New Orleans, don’t forget the ALA-USBBY co-sponsored session, “International Children´s Book Publishing: A Small Press Perspective,” on Saturday, June 25, 2011, 4:00 –5:30 pm, at the Morial Convention Center Room 277. This session will feature a panel discussion of representatives from [...]

Mentors Are Overrated: A How to Train Your Dragon Analysis

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Matt continues his husbandly duties, helping me out by blogging on topics that pertain to my world.  Last week, if you’ll recall, he meddled with Harry Potter IV, V, VI, and VII.  This week?  A consideration of How to Train Your Dragon, both the book and the film, and how changes to the novel ended [...]

Review of the Day: Eat Your Math Homework by Ann McCallum

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Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds By Ann McCallum Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez Charlesbridge $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-57091-779-0 Ages 7-11 On shelves July 1st. Cooking. Math. Not the usual subject matter for a kid browsing the library shelves (though I’ve admittedly had more than one kid ask me for cookbooks, so there’s that). Still [...]

Video Sunday: The singer would be significantly less weird looking if he had eyebrows, yes?

ScholasticPreview

I’ve been asked in the past why it is that I don’t write up the online librarian previews by folks like those at Scholastic.  The reason is simple.  I figure that if you have access to the online previews you don’t need a recap from someone like me.  You can see them for yourself!  That [...]

Review of the Day: The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales By Chris Van Allsburg and more Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $24.99 ISBN: 978-0547548104 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 25, 2011 Chris Van Allsburg has always been the Rod Serling of the children’s literary world. Of that there can be no question. With no other author, [...]

Poetry Friday: Best. Poem. Ever.

Frog&Toad

Far be it for me to dictate where you spend your Friday, but this is the day of the week when bloggers link to one another’s poetry schtoofs.  With that in mind, I would gently suggest that you check out Dean Rader’s Frog and Toad Confront the Alterity of Otherness’.  It appears to be from [...]

Fusenews: Now with more Sprog

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In brief . . . Yeah. I thought it was an Onion headline too:  Werner Herzog reads potty-mouthed bedtime audiobook.  I think that’s overseas, though.  Here in the U.S. we got someone else. That’s a good headline.  This one’s not bad either: Children’s author ejected from plane for bad language.  Strange thing is, it says [...]

Harry Potter Analysis

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Lest you think I overextend myself, I’ll let the resident husband take over the blogging duties of the day.  Over at his site Cockeyed Caravan Matt tackles the Harry Potter books.  He’ll be covering the series all week, examining what worked and what didn’t (sacrilege?).  Here’s the post on the first three books and a [...]