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Video Sunday: The Swankiest Bathmat in Town

ChaseNoFace

It’s hard to have a favorite part of the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet to look forward to, but definitely up there is the red carpet interview portion.  Each year Jim Averbeck whips out the camera and questions and has the luminaries of the field give their thoughts and opinions on a variety of schtoofs.  2011 was no [...]

The Talking Mushrooms Are Great, But Would You Really Want to Live There?

DragonsTooth

This year we’ve seen a fair number of adapted fairytales, cautionary tales, talking animals, etc.  In short, lots of lovely fantasy to sort through.  I can’t say I’ve read everything.  For example, I’ve yet to read that book that declares itself to be “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter” (that would be The Unwanteds by [...]

Review of the Day: Hound Dog True by Linda Urban

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Hound Dog True By Linda Urban Harcourt Children’s Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-55869-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 20th There’s identifying with a work of children’s fiction and then there’s wondering if the author of the work has somehow discovered time travel and was able to observe your younger self. [...]

Children’s Illustrators and The New Yorker

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My husband Matt pairs well with me for a number of reasons.  Amongst them is our mutual inclination to collect things we love.  As such, Matt has systematically been holding onto all his issues of The New Yorker ever since he got his subscription in college.  Over the years these issues have piled up piled [...]

2011: The Year of the Raven

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Quoth the raven: What the heck? At this point I’m getting a little suspicious.  You see, every year I like to keep track of “trends” in the world of children’s literature.  For example, back in 2006 there were at least two novels (Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett and Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow) that contained [...]

Review of the Day: The Book That Zack Wrote by Ethan Long

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The Book That Zack Wrote By Ethan Long Blue Apple Books $11.99 ISBN: 978-1-60905-060-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. I have a theory. Bear with me here. My theory is that whenever there is a literary phenomenon in the teen or middle grade chapter book world, you see little echoes of it in the picture [...]

Fusenews: More cowbell/maracas

babyseverus

Happy Monday to you, everyone.  I’ve plenty of tasty treats to bestow on the good little boys and girls this morning.  First off, the only thing that I can figure when I look at the baby versions of various Harry Potter characters by Artful Babies is that whomever the creator is they must spend a [...]

Video Sunday: Spook-Offs and More

BlackFamilyTree

I hope you will excuse the lateness of today’s post.  I was watching Men in Black last night.  As excuses go, I’m sure you’ve heard worse. 100 Scope Notes found what has to be my favorite video of the week, bar none.  George Kareman reminds me of nothing so much as a slightly less weird [...]

Review of the Day: Around the World by Matt Phelan

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Around the World By Matt Phelan Candlewick Press $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-3619-7 Ages 9 and up On shelves October 11, 2011 Book phenomenons are something, aren’t they? Get the right writer and they can use words alone to inspire people to do the craziest things. Whether it’s Wizard Rock or standing on docks to find out [...]

It’s Not a Board Book?

HelloDay

In the book A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature by Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano there is a marvelous chapter right at the beginning called “A Future of Page Turns”.  Found in the “Books for Babies” section the piece (written by Ms. Parravano) has this to say [...]

Meanwhile, Back in the Children’s Center . . .

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Figures that the minute I go on maternity leave my workplace (the Children’s Center at 42nd Street in the main branch of NYPL) goes and gets itself something neat.  Check it out. The exhibit is called Children’s Book Illustrators and Authors Come Alive.  That’s a title I admittedly find rather amusing since it implies that [...]

Review of the Day: Marty McGuire by Kate Messner

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Marty McGuire By Kate Messner Illustrated by Brian Floca Scholastic $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-14244-1 Ages 5-9 On shelves now It’s high time “tomboys” rescued their term from its negative connotations. One very rarely runs across parents who use the word with pride. It happens, sure, but more often than not it’s paired with a complaint. Same [...]

Fusenews: Juggling pocket kittens

Cerritos

Full credit to my co-writer Jules at Seven Impossible Things for bringing my attention to this rather awesome new site.  Uncovered Cover Art calls itself a sketchbook of “reimagined children’s books”.  What that means is that artists are encouraged to submit their own interpretations of children’s book jackets.  The hope is that industry insiders would [...]

Children’s Literary Toys: Max by Maira Kalman

MaxDeluxe

A package arrived in the mail for the small Bird the other day.  Though she has no hand-eye coordination and questionable social skills, Baby Bird occasionally gets a toy worth noting.  I’ve done one post before on the array of children’s literary toys that are out there that I have seen.  Here is another for [...]

Video Sunday: Trailer Bonanza

LiterarySalon

A little more than a year ago I conducted a Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL with a bunch of talented female graphic novelists of children’s literature (Colleen AF Venable (Hamster and Cheese), Raina Telegemeier (Smile), and Tracy White (How I Made it to Eighteen)).  It was recorded for posterity (unlike most of my Salons) and [...]