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Video Trailer Debut: Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante


Not too long ago I wrote a post called 2014 Kids of Color: Things Are Looking Up. I wasn’t kidding. The number of book jackets with kids of color on them in 2014 puts 2013, and pretty much every other year up until now, to shame. Yet even with this strong beginning, it’s hard not […]

Video Sunday: “He cried at the BEGINNING of Old Yeller”


It’s always wonderful when I run across a video that declares to me MAKE ME THE FIRST ONE IN THE VIDEO SUNDAY POST!  But when I heard that Shaun Tan has a new book coming out on what appears to be April 24th of this year called Rules of Summer, it was just a matter […]

Video Sunday: At the speed of light, she arrives just in time . . .


Some weeks can go by without a single solitary interesting video in sight.  Other weeks, you drown in brilliance.  This week inclines far more towards the latter than the former. I could not lead off today with anything other than the latest bit of Bookie Woogie brilliance.  You keened to their 90-second rendition of Where […]

Video Sunday: Ninjas, Snow Queens, and Faux Flash Mobs

Shout-out to my buddy Haddon Kime.  The man wrote the music and lyrics for a new musical version of The Snow Queen now playing at the San Jose Repertory Theatre with dreams of Broadway.  Years ago he created the opening music and words for my now long dead podcast.  It’s great seeing his star on the […]

Book Trailer World Premiere: Ice Dogs by Terry Johnson


I am pleased as punch to announce that here at A Fuse #8 Production today we are showing off the world premiere of the book trailer of Ice Dogs, the upcoming 2014 middle grade novel by Terry Lynn Johnson.  Created by Bookcandy, this trailer has everything I love in it.  Live action (I’ve REALLY been […]

Video Sunday: Everything in this post reeks of awesome


Took me a couple minutes to get into this one, but once I remembered the premise it helped.  This is basically The Wizard of Oz redone with pop songs.  A lot of which, sad to say, I have never heard of.  Fortunately I could at least recognize the weird genius of the line, “You’re just […]

Video Sunday: Robot, heck. You should see my krumping.


All right.  Me stuff off the bat.  I was recently asked to moderate a panel of authors for the Children’s Media Association.  The panel consisted of Ame Dyckman, Joanne Levy, Katherine Longshore, Elisa Ludwig, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and Sarvenaz Tash.  During the course of the evening it was suggested that we perform a Giant Dance […]

Video Sunday: So hang, boys, hang

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The exciting news this week was that I got to host a couple panels regarding Banned Books (it being the week of ’em and all).  The first was at the Brooklyn Book Festival with David Levithan, Francesca Lia Block, and Lauren Myracle.  I then cannibalized my own questions and used them in this, a Google+ […]

Video Sunday: Itching powder out of rose hips and other Dahlian artifacts


I forget how many years ago it was, but in the not so distant past (I’m going to go out on a limb and say it was 2009) I had the pleasure of hosting children’s author and storyteller Carman Agra Deedy in my Children’s Center.  Talk about a storyteller!  She will hold you riveted from […]

Special Book Trailer Reveal: Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Ah, trailer premiers!  They only come along once in a while but they’re often quite nice to see.  Today we have the privilege of hosting the world premier of of the book trailer for Peggy Eddleman’s Sky Jumpers.  I’m partial to this one, possibly because it feels like Land of the Lost to me, what […]

Video Sunday: If I could chose my own cool library name I’d go with “In Transit”


A conservative estimate would say that around seven people sent me this particular video this week.  A hat tip to every last person who set out to alert then.  I wasn’t necessarily going to make a Video Sunday this week, but after watching this I just couldn’t pass this up.  The editing, man, the editing!! […]

Video Sunday: “You know what? No. I’m not gonna apologize. That cat was delicious.”


We’re a bit booktrailer top heavy this week, but after you see some of the beauties I’ve got lined up I don’t think you’ll mind.  Heck, if nothing else this first one will convince you: Why there is not a national alert to tell us when Dan Santat has created a new book trailer, I’ll […]

Video Sunday: Gingerbread houses, red carpets, and virtual toilet paper

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How do, folks.  Well, as you might have heard, this past ALA Caldecott/Newbery/Wilder Banquet saw me interviewing hoards of famous people alongside the multi-talented Jim Averbeck and partner-in-crime Kristin Clark.  Those videos have now all appeared online at a single solitary location: Kidlit Red Carpet.  It is very unfortunate that my interview with Laura Rodgers […]

Video Sunday: “… drawing and doodling is a form of physicalized empathy” – Mo Willems

WillemsRoker Oh, like I was going to start off with anything else this week.  Dahl was robbed! During BEA, one of the women of the hour was our own Monica Edinger (who blogged about the experience here).  Her upcoming book Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad is so remarkable that it is […]

Video Sunday: The Happy Mother’s Day Edition (Warning: Contains no mom-related material)

Happy Mother’s Day! It was Monica Edinger who alerted me to the fact that fresh on the heels of the Matilda musical is an upcoming British production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  She has the details and directed me to this truly unfair let’s-not-give-anything-away teaser trailer. This introduction is a bit better. You know […]