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Review of the Day: Henry and the Incredibly Incorrigible, Inconveniently Intelligent Smart Human by Lynn Messina

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Henry and the Incredibly Incorrigible, Inconveniently Intelligent Smart Human By Lynn Messina Tater Tot Books $7.99 ISBN: 978-0984901845 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Every year I swear to myself that I’ll review at least one self-published book written for kids. And every year I manage to do it, but only after sifting through countless manuscripts. [...]

Review of the Day: Pickle by Kim Baker

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Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School By Kim Baker Illustrated by Tim Probert Roaring Brook Press (a division of Macmillan) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-765-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now When I was in college I took a course in journalism to fulfill an English credit. I had no real desire to [...]

Review of the Day: It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle

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It’s a Tiger! By David LaRochelle Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8118-6925-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves now There is an art to reading a picture book but I’ve not encountered many schools that actually teach that skill. Librarians will learn it in their graduate courses, of course, but what about parents and [...]

Video Sunday: Six ships of my own making

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I’ve blogged about this fellow before, but it’s been a while.  There’s a young actor in L.A. by the name of Hunter Davis who has a penchant for doing a dead on Ian McKellen imitation.  He’ll post videos of his antics from time to time, and with the release of the new Hobbit movie you [...]

Review of the Day: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

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The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom By Christopher Healy Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-211743-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Since when did fairytales become the realm of the girly? I blame Disney. Back in the days of Grimm your average everyday fairytale might contain princesses and pretty gowns [...]

Review of the Day: Spirit Seeker by Gary Golio

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Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey By Gary Golio Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-23994-1 Ages 6 and up On shelves now Is there any complicated hero with a past so full of darkness that their life cannot be recounted to children? This is the conundrum [...]

And We’re Back!

The holidays put me out of commission for a little while but back we are and back we shall stay! As you can see, the new site is quite fancy dancy.  Note the following cool features.  First off, I have a logo.  A fuse within a number sign logo at that.  Somehow they managed to [...]

Good News / Bad News: An Unexpected Delay

Good News! Ye Olde Blog is getting an upgrade.  We’re talking fancy new server, hoity-toity design, the works, baby! Bad News! I might be down until that upgrade happens.  And . . . um . . . that might be until . . . uh . . . the end of the year. *cough* Good [...]

Librarian Preview: Lerner Books (Spring 2013)

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Since I’ve so many little publisher previews to try and get done before Spring has sprung, I’ve decided to concentrate on the slightly smaller folks.  The big six (soon to be five) have some great stuff too and I’ll be sure to try and talk ‘em up, but for now let’s look at some folks [...]

Fusenews: On Beyond Flummoxed

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In a weird way, Twitter sort of made my Fusenews posts this side of obsolete.  If you want cool things to see online it’s often just a case of knowing whom to follow.  And yet I love my little Fusenews.  Pressed as I am for time today, let’s pretend that these are little tweets: Pinterest [...]

Video Sunday: You had me at “giant ice cream”

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I think the nicest thing about the internet, for me anyway, is that if you wait around long enough things that you’ve seen live will appear online and then you can let lots of people know about them.  For example, this video of Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman is not new.  It does, however, [...]

Review of the Day: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

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Splendors and Glooms By Laura Amy Schlitz Candlewick Press $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5380-4 Ages 10 and up On shelves now. Do you remember that moment in the film version of The Princess Bride where the grandfather is trying to convince his stubborn grandson that the book he’s about to read is fantastic? He lures the kid [...]

Giving Scaredy New Reasons to Fear: A Gingerbread House Extravaganza (With Some Shrinky Dinks for Spice!)

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The jolly gift of the season, for me, is to have friends with oodles, sheer oodles, of talent just ah-flowing out of their gills (so to speak).  Last year I posted about how some buddies and I got together to make Shrinky-Dink Christmas ornaments (which, in turn, led to Shrinky-Dink Caldecott jewelry later in the [...]

Video Sunday: “…Rousseau and his mate Voltaire.”

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Oh, why not.  Let’s just start with what is undoubtedly the best thing ever.  Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 90-Second Newbery and James Kennedy, the author and organizer, was clever enough to know how to start things off.  It seems that Aaron Zenz and his Boogie Woogie kids have made another [...]

Fusenews: Bets lists towards best book lists

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The best books lists are abundant and here!  So very exciting, yes?  I do love this time of year, and so it makes sense to begin with the cream of the crop.  I refer, of course, to NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2012.  Split into seven different categories (Picture Books, Folk and Fairy [...]