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Review of the Day: Up, Tall and High! by Ethan Long

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Up! Tall! And High! (but not necessarily in that order.) By Ethan Long G. P. Putnam’s Sons (an division of Penguin) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25611-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now There was a running gag going around earlier this year that either Dan Santat was the Matthew Cordell of 2012 or Matthew Cordell was the Dan [...]

Name This Boy Band

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At approximately 9:22 EST on Friday, July 27th I sent the following Tweet to the interwebs: These are the kinds of serious thoughts that course through my brain on a given morning.  I might hear a One Direction song (yes, I’m a 34-year-old mother, what of it?) and think “That song could be a lot [...]

Review of the Day: The Giant and How He Humbugged America by Jim Murphy

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The Giant and How He Humbugged America By Jim Murphy Scholastic $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-439-69184-0 Ages 10 and up On shelves October 1st What are we to make of the proliferation of true-life hoax books for children filling our library and bookstore shelves this year? Whether it’s the clever ruse of The Fairy Ring scandal or [...]

Fusenews: The true ultra-violet catastrophe

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It was a bittersweet pleasure to see the vast numbers of folks out there lamenting the passing of New Zealand children’s author Margaret Mahy this week.  Just before we heard the news a discussion on the ccbc-net listserv about children’s books we’d like to see available once more echoed with person after person lamenting the [...]

Review of the Day: Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed

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Twelve Kinds of Ice By Ellen Bryan Obed Illustrated by Barbara McClintock Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-618-89129-0 Ages 6-10 On shelves November 6th Every year the children’s librarians of the New York Public Library system come together and create a list of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. The list, now entering its 101st [...]

KidlitCon 2012: A Call for Submissions

That’s right, folks!  We are now accepting proposals for presentations at KidLitCon 2012! We are looking for 50 minute presentations, panels, and keynotes that will appeal to and edify Kidlitosphere bloggers. Our goal is to provide a balanced selection for a wide range of interests and include, but are not limited to, topics of diversity, [...]

Steampunk Pirates of Penzance

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Now that I have your attention . . . Recently I took a trip with the family to Stratford, Ontario to their Shakespeare Festival, just as I do every year.  And because I am incapable of turning off my brain for even a day, I figured I’d check out the state of children’s literature today [...]

Video Sunday: Han shot first

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A contemporary librarian noir starring folks I know?  Don’t mind if I do!  I had no idea that Sarah Murphy was such a fine actress but it surprises me not at all.  Written and co-directed by Joy Tomasko with co-direction, photography and post-production by Jon Dieringer and starring librarians and friends thereof, this film premiered [...]

Review of the Day: The Word Collector by Sonja Wimmer

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The Word Collector By Sonja Wimmer Translated by Jon Brokenbrow Cuento de Luz $14.95 ISBN: 978-8415241348 Ages 4-8 On shelves now What is the ultimate goal of the picture book import? When someone takes the time to bring over and translate a work for children, they’re expecting that book to be able to say something [...]

Fusenews: Rectify this sin

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Well, now we’ve gone and done it.  Greedy gus that I am, I’ve always found it hugely inconvenient when my favorite authors and illustrators live in other countries.  Shaun Tan in Australia.  Kate Beaton in Canada (we had her briefly, then lost her again, consarn it).  And then there’s that charming Frances Hardinge.  When are [...]

Review of the Day: The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra

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The Secret of the Stone Frog By David Nytra TOON Books (an imprint of Candlewick Press) $14.95 ISBN: 978-10935179-18-4 Ages 7-12 On shelves September 11, 2012 It’s the old if-a-tree-falls-in-the-woods quandary reinvented for the comic book age: If a graphic novel for children references a century old comic predecessor, does it matter if no one [...]

Press Release Obit: Donald J. Sobol – Creator of Encyclopedia Brown

In the fall of 2011 I was contacted by the Oberlin Alumni Magazine. Oberlin had been my #3 choice of college when I was a high school senior and I wondered in the vaguest sense if they were going to try a new pitch on me. Nothing doing, they simply wanted to get a quote [...]

Hello! I Must Be Going! I Cannot Stay, I Came to Say, I Must Be Going.

I’m glad I came but just the same I must be going.  La la! Nothing like starting the day off with a Groucho Marx quote, eh? So here we are with me running hell-for-leather as quickly out of this country as humanly possible.  It’s time for my yearly pilgrimage to Stratford, Ontario for the Shakespeare [...]

Review of the Day: Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Summer of the Gypsy Moths By Sara Pennypacker Balzer & Bray (an imprint of Harper Collins) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-196420-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Spoiler Alert – I am giving away every little detail about this book in this review. You have been warned. As a librarian I’m always on the lookout for good middle [...]

A Series of Unfortunate Book Jackets (2012)

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Children’s librarians bear more in common with their pint-sized clientele than they would often like to admit.  Sure, we don’t eat paste or anything (not cheap paste anyway) but there’s no denying that when it comes to the old saying “You can’t judge a book by its cover” that statement is a flat out lie.  [...]