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Review of the Day: Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

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Sidewalk Flowers By JonArno Lawson Illustrated by Sydney Smith $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-55498-431-2 Ages 3-6 On shelves March 17th When you live in a city, nature’s successes can feel like impositions. We have too many pigeons. Too many squirrels. Too many sparrows, and roaches, and ants. Too many . . . flowers? Flowers we don’t seem […]

Too Fun to Be True?: The Amusing Side of Nonfiction Illustration

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In the six or so years I’ve held NYPL’s Children’s Literary Salon (a monthly gathering of children’s book enthusiasts) I’ve seen it all. Epileptic fits. Audience members whose questions after a talk consisted entirely of just a series of insults aimed at my panelists. But the thing that gets under the skin the most is […]

Fusenews: Nothing but death, deer, and Zionism as far as the eye can see

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Top of the morning to you, froggies!  I had one heckuva weekend, I tell you.  Actually it was just one heckuva Saturday.  First there was the opening of the new Bank Street Bookstore location here in NYC.  I was one of the local authors in attendance and, as you can see from this photograph taken […]

Review of the Day: Lost in NYC by Nadja Spiegelman

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Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure By Nadja Spiegelman Illustrated by Sergio García Sánchez TOON Graphics (and imprint of RAW, Jr.) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1935179818 Ages 8-12 On shelves April 14, 2015 While I’m aware that public transport was invented to meet the very real needs of urban commuters, when you’re the parent of a city […]

What Are the Best Literary Apps Available Today?

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The question came to me and I admit I was a bit stumped at first.  A colleague was looking for recommendations of the best literary apps for kids.  Put another way, apps with a distinct tie-in to specific children’s books.  So I thought about it. I’ve toyed about with several apps for years.  I could […]

Cover Reveal – Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars

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It is my infinite pleasure to present to you today a middle grade novel’s cover that amuses me in a way that really speaks to my particular proclivities.  Humor is so subjective.  Still, it is beyond me how anyone could look at this and not be immediately charmed.  And so, ladies and gentlemen, I present […]

Video Interview: M.T. Anderson and the Symphony for the City of the Dead

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What you learn in this life of children’s librarianship is that there is an exception to every rule. For example, normally I do not indulge in video interviews outside of my Fuse #8 TV ones. And normally I do not care diddly over squat for anything directed towards a young adult audience. But Mr. M.T. […]

Video Sunday: La la la!

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Morning, folks.  We’ve a good store of goodies this morning, and I’m pleased as punch to give them to you.  First up, a short film.  A very short film, actually.  I’ve spoken in the past on how Hollywood views children’s writers and the creation of children’s books.  This film seems to believe that children’s books […]

Bring It Back! Out-of-Print Crimes Against Humanity: Adios, Oscar

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Let’s try something a little new.  I’m only human.  I like to rant and rail about various children’s books being lamentably out-of-print as much as the next guy.  But I also acknowledge that in the current publishing state in which we live it is simply not possible to keep all books in print. That said, […]

The Official CBC Bookmark Reveal

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WHAT TIME IS IT, AMERICA!!!????!!! If you answered that it was time for Children’s Book Week, you’d almost be right.  Actually, Children’s Book Week (now in its 96th year) isn’t until May 4th – 10th.  In preparation, I have a bit of a treat planned.  On Sunday, April 26th at 2:00 p.m. the following program […]

Review of the Day: My Near-Death Adventures by Alison DeCamp

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My Near-Death Adventures (99% True) By Alison DeCamp Crown Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-39044-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Children’s historical fiction novels often divide up one of two ways. In the first category you have your important moments in history. In such books our heroes run about […]

Fusenews: Starring the World’s Creepiest Cat in the Hat!

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Here in New York we’re getting very excited.  The 90-Second Film Festival is coming!!  And soon too!  Here’s a PW interview with James Kennedy about the festival and for those of you in the NYC area you can see it at NYPL on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00 p.m. In fact, now that I think […]

Review of the Day: Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) by Josh Schneider

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Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) By Josh Schneider Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ISBN: 978-0544339248 Ages 4-6 On shelves April 7, 2015 When attempting to turn small writhing human beings of very little years into mature, forthright, sterling individuals of singular merit and good humor we run into some challenges. There’s teaching […]

Fuse #8 TV: Chris Grabenstein and Reading (Too Much Into) Picture Books

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Hi all! Okay. For this month’s Fuse #8 TV I decided to premiere a new series. *ahem* Introducing: Reading (Too Much Into) Picture Books Ladies and gentlemen, I like a good conspiracy theory.  Nothing makes my heart go pitter pat faster than an opinion about a picture book that takes a right hand turn into […]

The Unlikable Female Character: Thoughts on Middle Grade Literature

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While making the rounds through the old internets I came across a recent New Statesman piece entitled Why I want more unlikeable female characters. The premise pretty much boils down to a desire to see “women who are every type of humanity – assholes and all” in our literature and popular culture.  And while the […]