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Book Jacket Nattering: Invisible Boys

Buddy

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)

GoblinSecrets

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

BoyBearBoatBrit

“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

BetweenShadesUK

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

28DaysLater

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”

Frankweiler

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

Fairest

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

Cerritos

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 [...]

Fusenews: Hand me my smelling salts! I think I have the vapors!

Krosockza

There was a kerfuffle this weekend.  Did you notice?  It was a YA kerfuffle, which I generally tend to avoid, but sometimes inanity makes for good blogging.  And nothing was quite as inane as the recent Wall Street Journal article Darkness Too Visible.  The gist: My goodness, my gracious, have you seen what kids are [...]

Fusenews: “The Hardy boys were tense with a realization of their peril.”

HarryPotterWall

So I’m reading through my weekly edition of AL Direct and I notice that no matter what worldwide occurrence takes place, librarians are always there. Whether it’s damage to two libraries in Egypt, stories from the librarians in Christchurch, New Zealand, or how the Wisconsin Library Association delayed Library Legislative Day due to the protests, [...]

History in 2011: Conveying or Concealing the Past?

FreedomStone

In my travels I’ve been perusing the historical fiction that’s been coming out lately and I think I have detected an interesting trend.  An interesting book jacket trend, no less. Consider the following: What do all of these have in common?  Well, first off, they’re all historical fiction.  Historical fiction that, in some cases, is [...]

Fusenews: No More Dead Dog (Food)

oldyeller

Marketing yourself.  Yeah, forget the hokey-pokey.  We know what it’s really all about in this game.  You poor authors and illustrators.  Isn’t it enough that you sweat and strain to create the highest quality literature for the generation that will inherit the earth after we are dead and gone . . . and now you’ve [...]

Fusenews: Newbery Fallout

Bizarro

Oh sure, it may seem like everyone’s all smiles and happiness after the recent announcements of the ALA Media awards, but don’t be fooled.  There’s definitely a deep discord of discontent out there.  Funny thing is, it has nothing to do with the books and everything to do with the day after the awards.  For [...]

Fusenews: A small smackerel of news

ForeverRose

When you work with the real Winnie-the-Pooh you have a tendency to get complacent. “Oh sure,” you think.  ” I know everything about that bear.  Absolutely everything.”  So it’s nice when the universe gives you a swift kick in the pants to remind you that you are not always up on your Pooh knowledge.  Or [...]