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Fusenews: Of talking tigers and square penguins

Calvin-Hobbes

So the big news this week was that a writer at Slate decided that now was an ideal time to take a potshot at adults reading young adult books.  And, as you might expect, everyone got quite hot under the collar about it.  To arms!  To arms!  Considering that this sort of thing happens pretty [...]

iPad Use and Babies: Throwing a Wrench in the Works

ipadchair

I think we all uttered a collective scream as one when news of this particular Fisher Price toy came to our attention this holiday season past: It’s called the Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat and out of curiosity I wondered if it was still on the market.  Indeed it is, and the comments on Amazon make for [...]

Fusenews: Just your average everyday “New York Public Library girl materials dilettante”

JohnsonKraussCover

Okay!  So I’m a little out of practice when it comes to these news items and looking at some of the stuff I’ve accumulated in the last month, a good swath of it is out of date.  Here’s what I have that’s current then. Not long ago the good people at the Women’s National Book [...]

Fusenews: My proverbial hat tastes like flan

KingGoldenHair

I was going to spend a lot of time on this Fusenews.  Then I picked up Doug TenNapel’s Cardboard and lost most of my evening in the process.  So it goes.  I really am going to have to be brief today.  To sum up: The Battle of the (Kids’) Books rages on in earnest!  Wish [...]

Fusenews: Like you for always *shudder*

AliceWonderland

Actually, that little icon here is a touch misleading, but I took it since it talks about our first news item of the day.  This l’il here ole blog got itself nominated for an Edublog Award, which is mighty nice.  SLJ wrote an article about me and my fellow nominees, Joyce Valenza’s NeverEndingSearch, Karyn Silverman [...]

Fusenews: “Don’t Let the Pigeon Die Alone”

Book City - red

I hope you all took the time to notice the magnificent One Shot World Tour: City Living conducted by any number of our best bloggers in the biz.  I had every intention of participating and then lost my head.  Fortunately there are folks out there far more reliable than myself for this kind of thing.  [...]

Video Sunday: A hat on top of a hat on top of a dot

Gurgi

Good old Black Cauldron.  So glad to see the Boogie Woogie Kids trying their hand at synthesizing it into its most essential parts.  By the way, is it just me or do other people always hear Gurgi’s voice as that of Grover from Sesame Street?  Big time thanks to Aaron Zenz for this link. Oh, [...]

Fusenews: “Peppa Pig is likely to fall into American hands”

GiantTalkingHead

SLJ represent!  Though I could not attend this year’s KidLitCon (the annual conference of children’s and YA bloggers) many others did and they have all posted links to their recaps of the event here.  So while I could not be present, fellow SLJ blogger Liz Burns of Tea Cozy showed up and has a fabulous [...]

Fusenews: Haggis and Hash Browns

BAlbum

Happy Labor Day!  I’ve no special post of my own but I know someone who has created the ultimate list of Labor Songs. That would be Professor Phil Nel and at this point I’ve only seen the first of three posts but it is truly fantastic.  For one thing, he includes Moxy Früvous on his [...]

Fusenews: And I’m floating in a most peculiar way

ABCcat

With the publication of Selnick’s Wonderstruck this first link seems appropriate*.  Would-be children’s book illustrators take note.  If you’ve never done a book for kids and you want to get noticed, why not take your favorite David Bowie song and make it child-appropriate?  To the best of my knowledge Andrew Kolb has never done a [...]

SLJ’s 2011 Day of Dialog: “The best thing about being a writer is that you have readers” – Katherine Paterson

Balto

So let’s get a grasp on what exactly it is I’m talking about here.  Day of Dialog.  A day when School Library Journal and roughly 1.5 billion children’s book publishers (read: 16, give or take) get together and attendees (who are mostly children’s librarians and children’s booksellers) get to witness a variety of interesting panels [...]

Fusenews: What’s wrong with this picture?

ThorSalad

With Book Expo going full-blast in town and my library celebrating its Centennial all at the same time, blogging is possible but slightly more difficult than usual.  I am amused to find that when I skip a day some folks worry that I might be in labor.  Fear not.  I’ll find a way to update [...]

App Review: The Three Little Pigs by Nosy Crow

NosyCrow

A month or so ago I attended the Bologna Book Fair for the very first time. While there, I noticed the distinctive electric energy surrounding the fair, and learned later that much of this was due to the near universal excitement folks were feeling about ebooks, apps, and other electronic wonders. One of the new [...]

Video Sunday: Happy Easter

Bunnies

My thinking on the matter is that if you can’t have baby rabbits in cups on Easter then when the heck can you have them?  Thanks to mom for the link. So!  It’s yet another on and off cloudy day here in NYC, but we’re heartened by the rise in temperatures from windy cold to [...]

Fusenews: Polar bear, polar bear, what do you see?

HarrisBurdick

Howdy, folks.  I’m starting off today with a little podcast-related item.  Back in the day I tried podcasting for sport.  It was fun (I had my own intro music and everything) but after a while it became clear that podcasting is a labor of love best left to the professionals with their prodigious editing skills, [...]