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Review of the Day: Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon

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Herman and Rosie By Gus Gordan Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1596438569 Ages 3-7 On shelves now New Yorkers are singularly single minded. It’s not enough that our city be rich, popular, and famous. We apparently are so neurotic that we need to see it EVERYWHERE. In movies, on television, and, of [...]

Gobble with the gobble with the gulp

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Happy Turkey Day, y’all!  A day to eat large birds, stare at large balloons, and generally feel happy.  It’s not much of a post but I do have three little Thanksgiving links I’d love to share with you today. This post is a year old but it’s just as cool as it ever was.  Over [...]

Fusenews: I ain’t too proud to beg

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Happy Tuesday to you, one and all!  Hope your weather isn’t as bitingly cold as ours has been.  Time to warm up with some fresh and festive children’s literature tidbits.  Personally, I’m trying to figure out why I wrote today’s headline a couple days ago.  I’m sure there was a reason for it.  Hmmm. The [...]

Video Sunday: Trolls, clowns, Harry Potter and drones

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Happy Video Sunday to you!  I’m pleased to report that I had so many delightful videos today that I had to save some for an upcoming weekend.  Woo-hoo! So I’ve been pretty unaware of this Movies in Real Life series the improv folks started.  More fool I since they created a pretty realistic Harry Potter [...]

Press Release Fun: Lee & Low Acquires Shen’s Books

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AFTER TWO DECADES, LEE & LOW BOOKS CONTINUES TO GROW WITH ACQUISITION OF SHEN’S BOOKS November 18, 2013— New York, NY— LEE & LOW BOOKS, an independent children’s book publisher focused on diversity, has acquired children’s book publisher Shen’s Books. The acquisition is a new milestone in the growth of LEE & LOW BOOKS, which [...]

Book Trailer World Premiere: Ice Dogs by Terry Johnson

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I am pleased as punch to announce that here at A Fuse #8 Production today we are showing off the world premiere of the book trailer of Ice Dogs, the upcoming 2014 middle grade novel by Terry Lynn Johnson.  Created by Bookcandy, this trailer has everything I love in it.  Live action (I’ve REALLY been [...]

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Spring 2014)

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It’s official. Should I happen to leave New York City for any reason (I’ve been saying I would for years, but it’s gotta happen someday) and I work for a publisher I want to work for Chronicle Books. No, really. I don’t what it is about them, but I get a really good vibe off [...]

Review of the Day: Jumping Penguins by Jesse Goossens

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Jumping Penguins by Jesse Goossens Illustrated by Marije Tolman Lemniscaat $19.95 ISBN: 9781935954323 Ages 6-11 On shelves now. Here’s a puzzler for you. See what you think. There’s been a lot of talk lately about nonfiction for kids and the importance of highlighting those books that adhere strictly to the truth. That means no invented [...]

Fusenews: I’m going back to Indiana! Indiana here I come!

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Those of you familiar with the Jackson 5 song I’ve referenced in my title are probably now throwing virtual rotten fruit in my general direction.  Still, I can’t say it isn’t accurate.  This weekend I am pleased to be a speaker at the SCBWI Indiana conference.  I haven’t been back in Indiana since my last [...]

Review of the Day: Rose by Holly Webb

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Rose By Holly Webb Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.) $6.99 ISBN: 978-1-4022-8581-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Like a bullet whizzing past your ear, I shudder when I consider how close I came to never hearing about Holly Webb’s mesmerizing, charming, purely delightful Rose. It’s an innocuous little book. Doesn’t draw a lot [...]

Mock Me. Repeatedly.

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ATTENTION!!!  If you are planning on watching the live feed of the Newbery/Caldecott announcements during the ALA Youth Media Awards presentation, come half an hour earlier and check out my pre-game show where I will join cohort Lori Ess in discussing the potential winners.  Afterwards we will note which Mock Newberys, Mock Caldecotts, Mock Printzs, [...]

Librarian Preview: Lerner Books (Spring 2014)

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Sometimes you just want to get your hands on some reliable nonfiction.  The other day I was in the office and we’d spread out the vast quantities of nonfiction samples we’d been sent from a variety of publishers (all of whom shall remain nameless).  And while some things were okay and other things were tolerable, [...]

Fusenews: Why You Should Go to Kidlitcon (and other interesting facts)

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Oh, you lucky bugs.  Do you know what today is?  Today is the first day of Kidlitcon and for those of you still interested in joining (and who wouldn’t be?) you have a last minute chance to be a part of the fun.  Always assuming you’re in the Austin area, of course, but I bet [...]

Press Release Fun: “The Nitty Gritty” at Bank Street

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Admittedly this is happening this Saturday, so your window of opportunity is closing fast. That said, it sounds dee-lightful.  Check out what the Bank Street College of Education has on the roster: Saturday, November 9, 2013 Writers Lab Mini-Conference 2: “The Nitty Gritty” 8:30-9:00AM Registration and Coffee 9:00-9:30AM Opening Keynote – Beth Kephart on the Teaching of [...]

Review of the Day: Happy Punks 1 2 3 by John Seven and Jana Christy

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Happy Punks 123: A Counting Story By John Seven and Jana Christy Manic D Press $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-933149-67-7 Ages 3-6 On shelves now Here is how, as of the date of this review, Wikipedia defines the term “punk culture”. Ahem. “. . . largely characterized by anti-establishment views and the promotion of individual freedom.” Now [...]