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Fusenews: Grumble fish

Dorothy

“Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.” That would be an old line from a TV column in the Marin Independent Journal by one Rick Polito describing the film The Wizard of Oz.  My brother-in-law Steve brought it [...]

Pop Song Picture Books: A Couple Predictions

AtTheZoo

With the odd exception, it’s safe to say that when it comes to celebrity picture books most of us out here in libraryland are less than impressed.  The announcement that the latest reality star or pop singer has a picture book coming out allows us to check out the illustrator’s talent far more often than [...]

Review of the Day: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales (One Dead Spy & Big Bad Ironclad) by Nathan Hale

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Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! By Nathan Hale Amulet (an imprint of Abrams) $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-419700396-6 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0395-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now If you should find that you share your name with a Revolutionary War Hero you have various ways of making use of that [...]

Fusenews: The P.D. Eastman Influence

Crowpaperback

Hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving yesterday!  I had family in town, including my niece and brother-in-law.  Steve, the bro-in-law in question, has a kind of genius for synthesizing down P.D. Eastman books to their most essential lessons.  He’s always objected to Are You My Mother? on the basis that this baby bird is [...]

Thanksgiving Greetings from Your Friendly Neighborhood Swede

SwedishChefTurkey

Bork bork bork! Happy Thanksgiving, you kooky turkey lovers.

Press Release Fun: The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Returns to New York City!

And I am SO going to be there.  This is a crazy good line-up. Thalia Kids’ Book Club Presents The 2012 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Sunday, December 2 at 4 pm at Symphony Space All Tickets: $15 ($12 for members) This special event  marks the debut screening of the top videos submitted by kids to [...]

Review of the Day: The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey

VengekeepProphecies

The Vengekeep Prophecies By Brian Farrey Illustrated by Brett Helquist Harper Collins $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-204928-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Let’s talk lazy fantasy writing. It exists. It’s out there. And when you find yourself reading some 30+ middle grade fantasies in a given year there are certain tropes and themes that appear so often [...]

Video Sunday: Always comes too late, but Friday never hesitates

M.T.Anderson

The chance to see M.T. Anderson speak at length on any topic should be celebrated in and of itself.  But to see him speak on the topic Wardrobes and Rabbit Holes: A Dark History of Children’s Literature (just this past November 7th) is the icing on the cake.  As you may remember I’ve a book [...]

Fusenews: You know what they say about the size of a man’s autograph, don’t you?

MoserCarleJuster

Okay, let’s do this thing.  I’ve had a remarkably busy week and I’m itching to discuss it alongside all the other newsworthy schtoof floating about in the atmosphere.  First up . . . That Linda Epstein gal, that Linda Epstain gal, I do I LIKE that Linda Epstein gal (can you tell I’ve been reading [...]

Review of the Day – Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell

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Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover By Cece Bell Candlewick Press $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5475-7 Ages 5-8 On shelves now It would be simpler if kids read at exact levels at all times. Wouldn’t it be grand if you had a kid go strategically from easy books to early chapter books to older chapter books without so [...]

Librarian Preview: Harper Collins (Spring 2013)

123VersusABC

Oh the previews are here, they’re here, they’re here, The wonderful previews are here Time to go out, go out, go out, Go out and order a . . . . beer?  No, no . . . From that catchy little tune (working on it) I hope you realize that preview season is upon us [...]

Press Release Fun: 826NYC Auction

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*sigh* I’d really prefer to keep this a secret, but it’s for a good cause and you guys are sweet. There’s currently an auction for entirely worthy 826NYC (“826NYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write”).  [...]

Press Release Fun: The 23rd Annual Illustration Exhibit (R. Michelson Galleries)

Seems unfair that folks within the vicinity of the R. Michelson Galleries should also have access to his yearly exhibit as well.  Them’s the breaks.  Some folks have all the luck.  Check out the 23 reasons to go too.  Very fun. Celebrate with us! Twenty-three years of exhibiting the finest in original Children’s Book Art. [...]

Fusenews: Post-Sandy Edition

As I write this I don’t know what the election results are and I shall refuse to think about them all the livelong day.  Lalalalalala!  No images today, by the way.  I apparently hit my limit and need to beg SLJ for a little more space.  I’m good for it!  Honest! So there’s lots of [...]

Review of the Day: The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel

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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau By Michelle Markel Illustrated by Amanda Hall Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5264-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves now I’m not ashamed to say it, though perhaps I should be. Still, it’s true. Though I grew up in the middle class with a good education and a stint [...]