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Fusenews: A little moly with your holy, miss?


Well a tip of the hat and an apology to Mr. Schu.  Looks like he in the guise of Babymouse came to visit me at The Children’s Center at 42nd Street located in the main branch of NYPL.  Alas, I am no longer in that location, having been picked up and dropped off in Long […]

Fusenews: Honest Toddlers and Awesome Amish


First off, I have to suspect that after this week my blogging stats will be fairly healthy.  First I wondered whither the 2013 middle grade black boys and then Sophie Blackall let me become the repository for some truly fantastic stories.  Doubling back to that question about diversity in 2013 middle grades, author Varian Johnson […]

Fusenews: Mysterious Edges, Heroic Worlds


Well sir, it’s a heckuva week.  Book stuff is happening out the wazoo, but for a moment I’d like to concentrate on what else is going on in the wider children’s literary world.  What say we Fusenews it up a bit, eh? Of course there’s no way to begin today without a hat tip to […]

Fusenews: Inordinately pleased that I got to work in the term “manky” today


If you’ve received your latest edition of Horn Book Magazine then you may see that Roger and Co. had the clever notion to ask a bunch of folks what their favorite weirdo children’s books were.  And as luck would have it, I was asked too.  You can see my choice here if you like.   If […]

Fusenews: Though wouldn’t you rather read “Bertie & Psmith”?


Before we begin I would like to have a few words with the publishers on behalf of catalogers nationwide. Ahem. Hi, guys.  How’s it going?  Heckuva weird weather we’ve had lately, right?  Yeah . . . so . . . here’s the thing.  You know how you’ve been rereleasing a couple classic children’s books recently […]

Fusenews: Confessions of a syllabus addict


Allrighty then (remember when this phrase was a thing?).  Time to whip out a Fusenews in this new format.  Let’s crank her up and see what she can do! Let’s start with the me stuff.  This happened while I was on vacation:  The folks at the New York Times asked me to be a part […]

Fusenews: Bets lists towards best book lists


The best books lists are abundant and here!  So very exciting, yes?  I do love this time of year, and so it makes sense to begin with the cream of the crop.  I refer, of course, to NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2012.  Split into seven different categories (Picture Books, Folk and Fairy […]

Book Jacket Nattering: Invisible Boys


So I’ve finally gotten around to reading Crow by Barbara Wright.  It only took me a good nine months to do so but with the award season coming up I’m trying to give a good look to all the serious contenders (Bomb, I’m gunning for you next).   Why the long delay?  Well, sad as it […]

A Series of Unfortunate Book Jackets (2012)


Children’s librarians bear more in common with their pint-sized clientele than they would often like to admit.  Sure, we don’t eat paste or anything (not cheap paste anyway) but there’s no denying that when it comes to the old saying “You can’t judge a book by its cover” that statement is a flat out lie.  […]

Fusenews: Shelve the books but shelve them slant


“I just finished a poem where St. Francis and St. Clare double-date with Thoreau and Evita and it just makes me very happy.”  My mother was the winner of the 2011 Prairie Schooner Book Prize because she is as good as it gets.  No brag.  Just fact.  Prairie Schooner recently interviewed her as well and […]

Battle of the Kids’ Books: UK Vs. US covers


As you may be aware, each year SLJ hosts the Battle of the (Kids’) Books, which provides a new way in which to discuss literature for the young.  With bracketed books “competing” against one another, famous child and YA authorial judges determine the winners after much soul searching and chest beating. Now in its third […]

Fusenews: In which I cram in a whole mess of resources just for the heck of it


Two authors of children’s books passed away recently, one on the American side of the equation and one across the sea in Britain.  For the Yanks, Bill Wallace has been on our shelves for any number of years.  You can read a lovely SLJ obituary for him here.  As for the other person, that would […]

Fusenews: In which I get to use the term “mankiest”


Daylight Saving (not “Savings” I just learned) has arrived and you know what that means?  It means babies have a terrible sense of telling time.  Just awful.  And that, in turn, means I’d better crank out a lickety-split Fusenews before I hear the telltale sound of little eyelids opening. First up, The New York Times […]

Overweight and Invisible


Since I don’t do much with YA on a regular basis I don’t read the blog of The Book Smugglers as often as I would like, even though they’re some of the best in the biz.  Love their reviews.  Really top notch stuff. Anyway, they recently reviewed a book called The Girl of Fire and […]

Fusenews: Juggling pocket kittens


Full credit to my co-writer Jules at Seven Impossible Things for bringing my attention to this rather awesome new site.  Uncovered Cover Art calls itself a sketchbook of “reimagined children’s books”.  What that means is that artists are encouraged to submit their own interpretations of children’s book jackets.  The hope is that industry insiders would […]