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 continues to remain a strange elusive creation that I have a hard time wrapping my head around. Fortunately sometimes it will do something like post images from William Steig’s Agony in the Kindergarten (circa 195o) and all at once everything is clear. Thanks to Alex Penfold for the link.
And while you’re looking at vast numbers of images, why not look at this collection of international children’s art. Purdy. Thanks to Warren Truitt for the link.
Adrienne says, “I Can’t Imagine There Was Ever a Time in Which This Version of Little Red Riding Hood Wasn’t Creepy.” I don’t quite know what she means since I haven’t yet seen the . . . GAAAAAHHHHH!!!
- I want a new Leslie Connor middle grade novel for kids and I want it now now now now now. (This is called “baiting the universe” and should only be attempted under the strictest of circumstances.)
- Was anyone else aware that Thomas Locker died this year, or just BookMoot? First I’ve heard of it. Shoot.
- As per usual, the best round-up of the year is happening at Chicken Spaghetti. If you want to see every last Best Of list printed for 2012 books, seek ye no further.
- Speaking of Best Of lists, I am not usually flummoxed by the books folks pick. I like to think that on the children’s side I see almost everything. So imagine my flummoxing when I check out the 100 Scope Notes Top 20 Children’s Books of 2012 and find that #20 is a book I have NEVER heard of before!?! I am tongue-tied, stopped, and otherwise befuddled. You win this round, Jonker, but I shall have my revenge!!
- The Bookbug children’s bookstore in Kalamazoo, Michigan does many things right. But most recently they managed to make this remarkable little fellow:
Don’t try to buy him for your holiday shopping, though. Apparently to make it you need to get “many different packages of legos from several different vendors.” Worth it.
- You know how weird it was when they redid Spiderman with an all-new cast? Yup. Well, hold onto your hats, folks. A children’s book is getting yet another reworking as well. From Cynopsis Kids:
Columbia looks to Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, which he also directed, and the upcoming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) to write a new big screen adaptation of Jumanji, based on Chris van Allsburg’s 1981 book of the same name, per THR. Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) will produce the new Jumanji movie. Joe Johnston directed the 1995 feature film incarnation of Jumanji, which starred Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst.
- Daily Image:
There is a giant swing installation somewhere in New York City right now. You walk in, you sit, and you swing.
I may have missed the Columbus Circle installation but by gum I am finding this one! Thanks to Crooked House for the heads up.