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Fusenews: It’s a board book, Jim, but not as we know it

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That author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka.  He’s a good egg.  It’s not everyone who founds their own youth scholarship, y’know.   For the second time Jarrett will be hosting the 2nd annual auction for the Joseph and Shirley Krosoczka Memorial Youth Scholarships. The auction is already live as of this past Monday morning and it’s benefiting [...]

Review of the Day: Coral Reefs by Jason Chin

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Coral Reefs By Jason Chin Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-563-6 Ages 5 and up On shelves now First things first. Let’s just get something out the way here before I go any further. I am not exactly a disinterested party when it comes to this book. No, I don’t know the [...]

Librarian Preview: Harper Collins (Spring 2012)

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Here’s how paranoid I am.  I saw an allusion somewhere to someone having written up the recent Harper Collins 2012 preview and my first reaction was, “GAH!  Someone else is working my beat!!”  That was followed promptly by a sense of profound relief.  “Aww.  That’s awesome.  Someone else is working my beat.”  Then I actually [...]

Video Sunday: Sleepy post-Thanksgiving posting

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Missed posting this last week.  Those Peacekeepers really look spot on, don’t they?  We’ll see how it goes but this trailer gives us a sense that The Hunger Games may be worth watching.  Would have liked to see a little Haymitch, of course. So!  We never filmed the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at NYPL, but [...]

Programming Idea: Retro Gaming

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Quick and crazy thoughts this lovely Saturday morn. My library system has this kind of neat website where they can highlight different events on the main page.  I was glancing there the other day and noticed something.  One of the programs there was listed as “Retro Gaming”. Instantly I could see it.  The library purchases [...]

Press Release Fun: Enter the Indie Excellence Book Award

SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR 6th ANNUAL NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARDS Deadline to enter is April 15, 2012; Winners & finalists receive national media and industry exposure LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 2011 – In its sixth year, the National Indie Excellence Book Awards has recognized some of the best literature in the new millennium published [...]

Thanksgiving Monkey Butler Cheer*

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I sez it’s children’s literature related and I sez the heck with it.  The Thanksgiving connection is, admittedly, a bit of a stretch.  Many many thanks to BoingBoing for the link. I hope you are all having a delightful Thanksgiving.  I know that with my new baby and newer job I’m awfully thankful for a [...]

Fusenews: A Very Young Blogger

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Anne McCaffrey passed away yesterday at the age of 85.  I have linked to the io9 obituary because the title mentions her book The Ship Who Sang which was a great favorite of my mother’s back in the day.  I was more of a Dragonriders of Pern fan myself.  I have a very clear memory [...]

Review of the Day: The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm

The Trouble with May Amelia By Jennifer L. Holm Illustrated by Adam Gustavson Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-1373-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Reviewing a Jennifer L. Holm book is a bit redundant. Telling anyone that the woman can write is like pointing out that the sky is blue. It’s [...]

It’s Only a Matter of Time: Licensed Properties That Haven’t Made the Leap to Film

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I can’t pinpoint what it was that made me think of this.  In this day and age with children’s picture book characters appearing as television and movie characters every other minute, to say nothing of the new deals being made with the names of classics we all grew up with, it’s a lot easier to [...]

Video Sunday: But you don’t have to take my word for it (ba-dum-bum!)

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That was this week’s Most Alerted Video.  I had a couple folks send it my way and I admit that you simply could not come up with a better beginning to a Video Sunday.  Aside from the fact that Fallon does one heckuva Jim Morrison, I love the choices of books he sings halfway through.  [...]

Review of the Day: Everything Goes on Land by Brian Biggs

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Everything Goes on Land By Brian Biggs Balzer & Bray (an imprint of Harper Collins) $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-195809-0 Ages 3 and up On shelves now There is much to be said for simplicity. The elegant understated picture book that contains peaceful moments of serenity with the idea that a child might get lost in the [...]

Fusenews: “Don’t Let the Pigeon Die Alone”

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I hope you all took the time to notice the magnificent One Shot World Tour: City Living conducted by any number of our best bloggers in the biz.  I had every intention of participating and then lost my head.  Fortunately there are folks out there far more reliable than myself for this kind of thing.  [...]

Warning: Contains Mustache

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Alternate Title: Why You Should Always Open Your Mail in a Timely Fashion So the new job is going very well indeed, but some of my mail is still going down to the Children’s Center.  No biggie.  I stop down there about once a day anyway to pick up holds and the like.  Stopped by [...]

Review of the Day – From Then to Now: A Short History of the World by Christopher Moore

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From Then to Now: A Short History of the World By Christopher Moore Illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski Tundra Books $25.95 ISBN: 978-0-88776-5407 Ages 9 and up On shelves now. I have nothing but respect for contemporary historians. A few of them, let us be honest, are rock stars. They have to take something as strange [...]