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Asking for a Friend: Hit Me With the Right Non-Profit

Okay, Collective Brain.  You’re smarter than I.  Someone asked me the following question the other day and I found myself positively stumped.  It was this: Can you name a non-profit organization that focuses on “keeping neighborhood libraries open, especially in rural areas but not limited to that…low-income areas too.” The closest thing she had found […]

Review of the Day: Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia


Gone Crazy in Alabama By Rita Williams-Garcia Amistad (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0062215871 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. I’m a conceited enough children’s librarian that I like it when a book wins me over. I don’t want them to make it easy for me. When I sit down to read something I […]

Won’t Somebody PLEASE Think of the Pixels?


The other day I asked my husband, “Am I a Millennial?”  “No,” he said.  “You’re right between the Millennials and the Generation Xers.  You don’t really belong to either.”  That’s about right.  Millennials always feel too young to me (I can’t discuss Boy Meets World with them at all) and Generation Xers are great but […]

Review of the Day: One Day, The End by Rebecca Kai Dotlich


One Day, The End By Rebecca Kai Dotlich Illustrated by Fred Koehler Boyds Mills Press (an imprint of Highlights) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-62091-451-9 Ages 4-7 On shelves now. Last evening I was reading Quest by Aaron Becker to my daughter for bedtime. It’s a good book. I’ve read it approximately 20 times by now, so I […]

Fusenews: The Anti-Effacing Differencer


Morning, folks.  Let’s see, let’s see.  After yesterday maybe it would be a good idea to do a post on rainbows and unicorns and cute little puppy dogs cavorting in the sun.  I’m a little exhausted after yesterday’s post so let’s just do a quickie Fusenews of wonderfullness instead. First up, The Toast knocks it […]

You Have to Read the Book

Daniel Boone

I think if you’ve read any of my opinion pieces in the past then you’ll notice that I’ve cultivated over the years a somewhat namby pamby style.  This consists of the following: Step One: Ask a bunch of questions. Step Two: Answer one. Step Three: Ask a bunch of other questions based on that statement. […]

Video Sunday: Spiritual Otters and Evangelical Raccoons

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Woot!  I’ve scraped and saved and slavered and after a couple weeks have culled together enough videos to constitute a truly lovely Video Sunday.  And since Halloween is near upon us (a holiday I will, strangely enough, be spending at an outside wedding in Maine) why not begin with the king of frightening children’s literature […]

Return of the Attack of the Getty Images (Part Deux!)


Just when you thought it was safe to pick up your middle grade galleys for 2016 . . . . Remember when I posted recently about originally seeing a Barbara O’Connor book? And then later I saw this rather similar adult title? Well now I’ve found a third book with the doggie in question!  Hold […]

Review of the Day: Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks


Human Body Theater By Maris Wicks First Second (a imprint of Roaring Brook and division of Macmillan) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-929-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. I gotta come clean with you. Skeletons? I’ve got a thing for them. Not a “thing” as in I find them attractive, but rather a “thing” as in I find […]

Hands Off, Hussy! Hot Men of Children’s Literature Under (Too Little?) Fire


As I see it, the relative success of the blog A Fuse #8 Production hinged almost exclusively on being in the right place at the right time. I started the site at the cusp of the blogger movement, a time when they were just beginning to be viewed as hip and new. I specialized in […]

Are Historical Heroes Allowed to Have Prejudices in Children’s Literature?


I don’t usually post anything aside from videos on Sunday but after attending the IBBY Conference in NYC this past weekend this topic came up and seemed well worth pursuing. Not long ago I reviewed The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz. It’s a fine, unique historical novel about a 14-year-old girl who escapes a […]

Burglars, Thieves, and a Classic Picture Book Trope

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When reading a book like Mac Barnett & Christian Robinson’s Leo: A Ghost Story, one is immediately struck by the old-fashioned sensibility of the endeavor.  PW said that there was a “retro look of the art” and Kirkus went further saying, “Robinson creates a vintage 1950s-’60s feel.”  The feel extends beyond the art, however.  In […]

Fuse #8 TV: Laura Ruby (Now a National Book Award longlist finalist!)


As I’m sure you all noticed, yesterday the National Book Award announced its shortlist for the Young People’s category.  A couple surprises there.  M.T. Anderson’s removal will come as a nasty shock to anyone who has read his book and the elimination of Shabazz/Magoon effectively turns the remaining writers into a pretty white fivesome. The […]

Press Release Fun: BookFest 2015!

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Ach. You leave NYC, you deal with the consequences. No BookFest for me this year. Some of you, however, might be a bit luckier. It’s worth it.  I mean, did you see that they have Laura Amy Schlitz with Jeanne Birdsall in conversation?!?  Right there.  Here are the details: Saturday, October 24, 2015 BookFest @ […]

Fusenews: In and out of the loop I go


I mention to folks that in my new job I actually don’t work day-to-day with children’s books all that often anymore and they wonder how I’m coping.  As it happens, I’m just ducky.  Since my spare hours are just as chock full of kidlit as before, I honestly don’t feel like I’m missing too much.  […]