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Review of the Day: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge By M.T. Anderson Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin Candlewick Press $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-9822-5 Ages 10 and up On shelves September 25th In my job I read a lot of books written for kids and middle schoolers. To guide this reading I take into account a lot of professional reviews from sources […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Kay Thompson’s Eloise by Kay Thompson

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It’s very special episode time! Very special for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that Kate took five hours to edit this episode down from two and a half hours to a svelte, sleek 47:41. It was also special because we had two guests from fellow podcast Go Your Own […]

The Castle Where Children’s Literature Lives

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In case you missed it, our National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature was hanging out with actual royalty the other day: That would be Jacqueline Woodson, receiving the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in Sweden. Americans win the award every so once in a while, and for a brief shining moment some of us in the […]

Libraries of the Little, Free, and New Orleans Variety

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Now I don’t usually do this, but seeing as how it’s Christmas . . . What’s that? It’s not Christmas? It’s almost half a year away from Christmas? Well, shoot. Guess we’ll have to hope that folks are in a giving mood above and beyond the winter holiday season. So the other day I got […]

Review of the Day: The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

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The Rabbit Listened By Cori Doerrfeld Dial (an imprint of Penguin Random House) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7352-2935-8 Ages 4 and up On shelves now Lest we forget, the only reason that children’s books were invented in the first place was to teach small human lessons. That is, in fact, the very backbone of the book business […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Miss Nelson Is Missing! by Harry Allard and James Marshall

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I don’t think I expected to get into an in-depth conversation about Miss Nelson’s cosplay as Viola Swamp, and why precisely she chooses to do so, but that’s the kind of podcast this is. Along the way Kate and I get into what the Wicked Witch of the West might have been wearing under that […]

I Love You, a Bushel and a Peck: Remembering Richard

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As you may have heard, yesterday the great Newbery Award winning author Richard Peck died. Many of us were shocked and saddened by the news. When one hears of the death of a great writer, you begin to cast your mind back. What was the first Richard Peck book you ever read? When did you […]

Review of the Day: Seeing Into Tomorrow by Richard Wright and Nina Crews

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Seeing Into Tomorrow Haiku by Richard Wright Biography and illustrations by Nina Crews Millbrook Press (a division of Lerner) $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-5124-1865-1 Ages 6-10 On shelves now I hate that phrase, “A picture’s worth a thousand words”. It’s trite. Simplistic. And horrendously true. Pictures have power. Take the story that’s been handed to us about […]

Cover Reveal and Dual Interview: Wings by Cheryl Klein, ill. Tomie dePaola

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Okay. So I kinda sorta intensely love this. First off, remember Cheryl Klein? A.k.a. the continuity editor of Harry Potter? A.k.a. one of the best editors of our age who not too long ago left Scholastic to work for Lee & Low Books? I’ve known Cheryl for years. We used to do Kidlit Drink Nights […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

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I’d like to offer a word of warning to my mother with this one. Somehow, this ended up being our longest episode. Mom, if you listen to this on the treadmill, you might do yourself a serious injury. It’s a whopping 48:17 (and that’s edited down!). I guess it’s not surprising when you do a […]

A “child’s story for adults”: Digging Deep Into James Baldwin’s Only Children’s Book

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The other night my husband and I plopped ourselves in front of the old Netflix delivery system (television) and decided amongst ourselves to watch the documentary I Am Not Your Negro featuring author James Baldwin. The book of the same name had been circulating beautifully in my library for quite some time, so I was […]

Goofs, Gaffes, and Everything In-Between: Nonfiction Considers Mistakes

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About three years ago I reviewed the book Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli. If you missed it, it was a true crime picture book (a rare beastie) about a man born Robert Miller who turned to a life of conning. Ultimately it ends […]

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, ill. Don Wood

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When it comes to selecting books for the podcast, I tend towards those books that have lots of details. And this one, as Kate was quick to learn, could go head to head with Where’s Waldo in terms of hidden details. Alas, no clowns this week but we make up for it in other ways. […]

A Salute to the Reprints: Here’s to Getting A Second Chance in 2018

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Last week Publishers Weekly produced the article Forever Young: Backlist Backbones 2018.  In the piece, the magazine highlighted a sampling of some books getting cover redesigns, new printings, and other forms of reprinted attention this year. I too have been watching the reprints of older titles with a steady eye. And while I like a […]

Review of the Day: The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl By Stacy McAnulty Random House Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 9781524767570 Ages 9-12 On shelves now The world would have us believe that the left brained and right brained amongst us can never see eye-to-eye. Think about it. How many times have you heard a perfectly intelligent person say […]