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Do Nations Have an Illustrative Style?

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What does the fox truly say?  That it ain’t from around these here parts. I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to the art found in children’s picture books and those particular styles favored by artists in one nation or another.  All this began when I recently reviewed of Wild by Emily Hughes.  In the […]

Video Sunday: Ninjas, Snow Queens, and Faux Flash Mobs

Shout-out to my buddy Haddon Kime.  The man wrote the music and lyrics for a new musical version of The Snow Queen now playing at the San Jose Repertory Theatre with dreams of Broadway.  Years ago he created the opening music and words for my now long dead podcast.  It’s great seeing his star on the […]

You thought you got good stuff for Christmas? Beat this!

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Well, the Bird family had a lovely Christmas down in old Atlanta, GA.  We didn’t lose any offspring either going there or back again, so I consider that a win.  And the presents!  Whether it was the Matilda soundtrack (yes, I’m a million years old and still request CDs as presents) or the collected Pogo […]

Review of the Day: Wild by Emily Hughes

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Wild By Emily Hughes Flying Eye Books $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-909263-08-6 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. There lives in every child an animal. A wild, untamable creature that will emerge without fail at the worst possible moments, rendering its parents helpless and hopeless all in one swoop. There also exist in this world picture books that […]

Review of the Day: The Silver Six by AJ Lieberman

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The Silver Six By A.J. Lieberman Illustrated by Darren Rawlings Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic) $22.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-37097-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Ambition. It’s not a term I usually associate with children’s graphic novels. Your average everyday children’s comic is not particularly ambitious. There are so few of them out there that you can’t […]

2014 Kids of Color: Things Are Looking Up

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You know why I’m looking forward to 2014?  It’s not the fresh start that comes with every turn of the globe.  It’s not the incipient birth of my second child (I lie . . . it is that, but for the purposes of this piece we’re going to pretend that it’s not).  It’s not the […]

Fusenews: “The Axl Rose Hair Metal hair of picture book cover cupcakes”

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It’s been a good week and it’s only Thursday!  I’ve cooed and oohed and aahed over NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013 list before.  Nothing new to say  . . . or is there?  I don’t suppose you happened to see NPR’s interactive booklist consisting of their Best Books of 2013 (in a […]

100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2013

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Well, every year I like to put out my list of 100 Magnificent Children’s Books from the publishing year. So far I’ve done this in 2010 and 2011 and 2012.  And every year the list looks suspiciously similar in some spots to the 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing list that NYPL produces. Little wonder, but I always like […]

The Mocks Thus Far: Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, & Geisel

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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, […]

Video Sunday: The 12 Days of Christmas (Bookstore Style)

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Today we are doing one and only ONE video because it was sent to me by approximately 500 people and on the strength of that alone I think it deserves to be our one and only video today.  Et voila, Mike Jung and Co.: It’s got a beat and you can dance to it.  Good […]

Press Release Fun: Crowdfunding for Books

This appears to be  very smart idea.  Sort of like a Trigger Street Labs for books.  Sort of surprised nobody thought of it before now. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact: Ayanna Coleman, ayanna@quillshift.com, (585) 902-8548 New Digital Literary Agency Utilizing Crowdfunding Now Open for Author Submissions Quill Shift Literary Agency LLC asks readers to decide […]

Meet the Strangest Christmas Picture Book You’ll Ever Love

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In the past I’ve done posts about Weirdo Picture Books and others on Out-of-Print Crimes Against Humanity.  Today’s featured book could have fallen into both categories, were it not for the fact that there is justice in the universe.  Previously out of print, 1997’s A Small Miracle by Peter Collington is back by popular demand and […]

Introducing the Browse-O-Rama!

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I will, on occasion, get ideas for posts on this blog from friends and internet companions.  Some of these ideas are good.  Some of these ideas are unfortunate.  And today’s idea?  Top-notch fabulousness.  It’s actually probably best suited for children’s librarians but the rest of you can stick around if you want.  It is, after […]

Fusenews: Nailed It!

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Don’t you hate it when you’ve saved oodles of links for a Fusenews only to find your computer apparently ate them without informing you?  Fun times.  So if I promised some of you that I’d post something and then I didn’t, remind me of the fact.  Clearly me brain is running on fumes. Stop.  Before […]

Video Sunday: Gobs of authorial types (and the filling of pants with tacos)

This is probably going to be of the most interest to those of you who have an interest in comic book inking in general.  Paul Karasik, who is the head of programming for Comic Arts Brooklyn, interviewed Jeff Smith while he (the creator of the Bone graphic novel series) inked a Bone illustration for the […]