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Love It to Death BUT It’ll Never Win a Caldecott

Okay, here’s a thought for you.  Perhaps this is a conversation better suited to Calling Caldecott but I’ve been thinking about those picture books that folks love in a given year but that they know in their heart of hearts will never win a Caldecott Award.  And not because their illustrators aren’t American residents, but […]

Fusenews: She could be Fuse #8.1

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Okey-doke. So today we begin with an addendum.  I believe that it was not long ago that with the announcement of the new Printz Award blog Someday My Printz Will Come I mentioned its existence without acknowledging that there may have been another and previously existing Printz Award blog out there.  Well slap my sides […]

Darkness Redux: Has the Children’s Novel Lost Its Way?

GraveyardBook

Oh, heavens above, didn’t we just cover this earlier this year? It seems a recent article in The Times has everybody buzzing like a little hive o’ bees.  The piece is No More Adventures in Wonderland by Harvard folklore professor Maria Tatar and in it she discusses darkness in contemporary children’s books versus books for […]

Review of the Day: Nursery Rhyme Comics edited by Chris Duffy

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Nursery Rhyme Comics Edited by Chris Duffy Introduction by Leonard S. Marcus $18.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-600-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 11, 2011 Nursery rhymes. What’s up with that? (I feel like a stand up comedian when I put it that way). They’re ubiquitous but nonsensical. Culturally relevant but often of unknown origins. Children’s literary scholar […]

Video Sunday: A hat on top of a hat on top of a dot

Gurgi

Good old Black Cauldron.  So glad to see the Boogie Woogie Kids trying their hand at synthesizing it into its most essential parts.  By the way, is it just me or do other people always hear Gurgi’s voice as that of Grover from Sesame Street?  Big time thanks to Aaron Zenz for this link. Oh, […]

Review of the Day: Icefall by Matthew Kirby

Icefall

Icefall By Matthew J. Kirby Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-27424-1 Ages 9-14 On shelves now. There’s a certain breed of middle grade fiction novel for kids that defies easy categorization. Call them fantasies without fantasy. These strange little novels pop up from time to time encouraging readers to believe that they are reading about something fantastical […]

A Fuse #8 Production: Video Nostalgia

HappyDance

Folks, it has occurred to me that while I love this blog to pieces, I spend an awful lot of my waking hours here.  Time to start instituting a couple ground rules.  I’m still going to blog every day, but some posts are going to have to be a bit less in-depth than others. Which […]

Review of the Day: The Meaning of Life… And Other Stuff by Jimmy Gownley

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The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff By Jimmy Gownley Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-8613-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Sometimes it feels to me that when it comes to realistic stories about learning and growing the comic strip world for kids used to have some serious advantages over the […]

Fusenews: Printz Charming

Cybils

All right.  Test Subject A is still sleeping through the night but due to events beyond our control she has decided to go to bed two hours later than usual.  So it is 10:00 p.m. and I’m only just starting my blogging on this post.  And a Fusenews night at that?  Better slip on my […]

Old Term, New Trend: Space Opera

Cinder

Sitting at a lunch for YA author Marissa Meyer and her Cinderella-as-android title Cinder the conversation turned to the current trend of fairy tales in literature and popular culture.  Aside from Meyer’s tale, no one else has really attempted to combine fairy tales and science fiction in a serious way for young adult readers.  It […]

The Eric Carle Honors 2011

AshleyBryan

For the past six years now the Eric Carle Museum has hosted an annual event in New York City where authors, illustrators, editors, and more have met and mingled with the chance of bidding on great works of art, honored folks in the field, and generally supported the museum and all it entails.  And for […]

Video Sunday: More Glitter

PercyJackson

Somewhere along the way I completely missed this Percy Jackson video in which everyone from Brian Selznick to a moustachioed Eoin Colfer (when did that happen?) chat it up.  Video #2 contains a bit of advice  that John Rocco actually had to contend with when he made the jacket for The Lightening Thief: “Green covers […]

Review of the Day: Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

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Ghetto Cowboy By G. Neri Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4922-7 Ages 10 and up. On shelves now. Fun Fact: Parents these days speak in code. As a New York children’s librarian I had to learn this the hard way. Let’s say they want a folktale about a girl outwitting a […]