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A Fuse #8 Production
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Fusenews: And I’m floating in a most peculiar way

ABCcat

With the publication of Selnick’s Wonderstruck this first link seems appropriate*.  Would-be children’s book illustrators take note.  If you’ve never done a book for kids and you want to get noticed, why not take your favorite David Bowie song and make it child-appropriate?  To the best of my knowledge Andrew Kolb has never done a [...]

A big time thanks to my co-writers

Quilt1

I get by with a little help from my friends.  I get quilts from them too, as it happens. I’ve gotten a slew of amazing and fantastic presents from friends and well-wishers upon the birth of my babe.  Hopefully I’ve thanked you all (if I haven’t, I’m a putz). One gift that I have received [...]

Review of the Day: Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Jefferson’s Sons By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Dial (an imprint of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3499-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 15th When I was in high school I started reading Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved on my own. At the time, my mother said something about the book that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever [...]

Video Sunday: A Birthday for Mr. Schu!

BabarInterview

First and foremost this glorious Video Sunday, I would like to offer a great big happy birthday to none other than the master of all things video related, Mr. Schu.  You may know him as the fellow that took that most excellent children’s literary road trip across the States or who runs the web’s best [...]

Phasing the Gatekeepers

Jefferson

According to all reliable sources a hurricane is about to wipe out the city of New York and all its denizens therein.  With that in mind I feel it is time to ponder the ponderable.  We’re all gatekeepers here, yes?  Librarians, parents, teachers, etc.  Our job, as we see it, is to separate the wheat [...]

Review of the Day: Never Forgotten by Patricia McKissack

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Never Forgotten By Patricia C. McKissack Illustrated by Leon and Diane Dillon Schwartz & Wade $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84384-6 Ages 4 and up On shelves October 11, 2011 The more I read children’s literature the more I come to realize that my favorite books for kids are the ones that can take disparate facts, elements, and [...]

Fusenews: Now with more earthquaky goodness

ABitLost

The fabulous Colleen Mondor and Jackie Parker-Robinson have come up with a clever notion.  Kidlitcon, the yearly conference for bloggers of child and teen literature, fast approacheth and this year, things are getting a bit switched.  As Colleen says on her blog, “What we decided was to shift things just a bit, both by moving [...]

Canadian Children’s Literature for the Theatrical

Didja miss me? Didja even realize I was gone? Well our annual trip to Stratford, Ontario has come and gone.*  Time to reenter the real world once more (sort of . . . I’m still on maternity leave, after all).  It’s funny but the minute I got back, New York experienced a small earthquake.  I’d [...]

Review of the Day: The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

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The Unforgotten Coat By Frank Cottrell Boyce Photographs by Carl Hunter and Clare Heney Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5729-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 13th. Contemporary Mongolia doesn’t have all that many English language children’s novels to its name. And if you asked me to name everything I knew about Mongolia today, I’d probably find [...]

Review of the Day: Lily Renee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins

Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer By Trina Robbins Pencils by Anne Timmons Inks by Mo Oh Lettering by Felix Ruiz and Cayetano Garza Jr. Coloring by Studio C10 Graphic Universe (a division of Lerner) $7.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-6010-0 Ages 9 and up On shelves November 1, 2011 I was asked [...]

Video Sunday: Now with less commentary!

TodayShowDahl

Yup. I’m still on vacation.  Soaking in the Shakespeare while I can, since the next few years are going to consist of remarkably few syllables (see: baby).  So here are a couple videos I’ve had shaking around for a while but never was able to fit into a post before.  Enjoy, enjoy! First, some kids [...]

Review of the Day: The No. I Car Spotter by Atinuke

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The No. 1 Car Spotter By Atinuke Illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell Kane/Miller (a division of EDC Publishing) $5.99 ISBN: 978-1-61067-051-7 Ages 7-11 On shelves September 1st. When I discovered the amazing, remarkable, one-of-a-kind, never before seen Anna Hibiscus books by Atinuke last year I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. It just didn’t [...]

Review of the Day: Hera by George O’Connor

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Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory By George O’Connor First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1596437241 Ages 9 and up On shelves now. Aw, phooey. Phooey and also consarn it. George O’Connor is making me break my usual rules about reviewing. Generally speaking, when I review the first book in a series [...]

Review of the Day: When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica S. Perl

When Life Gives You O.J. By Erica S. Perl Alfred A. Knopf $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-85924-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Children’s librarians can be neatly divided into two categories with relatively little difficulty. Basically, they either love and adore dogs and all things doggie related or they don’t. I don’t. I was never the kid [...]

Stratford Bound!

It’s time for my yearly jaunt to Stratford, Ontario to attend the Shakespeare Festival there!  That means you’re going to have to be stuck with a mess of reviews in my absence.  My apologies.  I’ll be back Monday evening, so hopefully I’ll find enough to tide this blog over until then. Tra la!