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Video Sunday: Trolls, clowns, Harry Potter and drones

Boxtrolls

Happy Video Sunday to you!  I’m pleased to report that I had so many delightful videos today that I had to save some for an upcoming weekend.  Woo-hoo! So I’ve been pretty unaware of this Movies in Real Life series the improv folks started.  More fool I since they created a pretty realistic Harry Potter [...]

The Watsons Go to Birmingham: The Movie

Watsons

There are videos that go into Video Sunday and then there are videos that deseve their very own posts.  This is one such video. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin court decision it seems to me that we need something good for once.  And I admit it.  I wouldn’t have pegged the Hallmark Channel [...]

Fusenews: “There are no good books which are only for children” – W.H. Auden

Little Fuzzy

Morning, fellow plebes!  And isn’t the weather just fine and dandy these last few days?  It has been in New York anyway.  Which is to say, it feels like we briefly stole San Francisco’s temperatures for our own use this week.  Giving it back is going to be awful.  To take my mind off that, [...]

The Hunger Games Film: For Your Consideration

So last week my husband and I got around to finally seeing The Hunger Games like the rest of the country.  We hadn’t seen a children’s book adaptation since Hugo, a movie we were both fairly meh about.  Hunger Games was a far cry from the realm of Selznick, though.  Where Hugo appeared to be [...]

Fusenews: When “going green” is a bad thing

booksculpture

The last time I did a Fusenews was more than a week ago.  As such my links all seem a bit out of date.  Ah well.  Let’s have fun with a partially abbreviated Fusenews today then.  However, to begin . . . Sometimes it feels like we always lose some of the best ones at [...]

Fusenews: A Very Young Blogger

CNLemonTootyStickI

Anne McCaffrey passed away yesterday at the age of 85.  I have linked to the io9 obituary because the title mentions her book The Ship Who Sang which was a great favorite of my mother’s back in the day.  I was more of a Dragonriders of Pern fan myself.  I have a very clear memory [...]

It’s Only a Matter of Time: Licensed Properties That Haven’t Made the Leap to Film

keatscharacters

I can’t pinpoint what it was that made me think of this.  In this day and age with children’s picture book characters appearing as television and movie characters every other minute, to say nothing of the new deals being made with the names of classics we all grew up with, it’s a lot easier to [...]

Video Sunday: Giant monsters and tiny ladies

Arietty

Thanks to @doseofsnark for the link. Ah, Banned Books Week.  It only comes but once a year (as opposed to banning books which appears to be a year long occupation).  For the one stop shopping round-up everyone needs, bookshelves of doom has compiled just a top notch collection of links for the occasion.  One of [...]

Fusenews: Words, words, wonderful words

DanSantat

Though I mentioned it yesterday, I was pleased as punch to discover the recent winners of the Society of Illustrator’s Original Art.  The Gold?  It went to a plucky (and very good) little nonfiction title by the name of Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem, both written and illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzer.  [...]

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: Tomie/Tomi, Tomi/Tomie

audiobookwizardofoz

Things that I love: Blogging. My baby girl.  Seattle.  Two of those three things will be coming together on September 16th and 17th.  That’s when the 5th (five already?) annual Kidlitcon will occur!  It’s looking like a remarkable line-up as well with special keynote speaker YA author Scott Westerfeld and great presentations, as per usual.  [...]

Mentors Are Overrated: A How to Train Your Dragon Analysis

HowtoTrain

Matt continues his husbandly duties, helping me out by blogging on topics that pertain to my world.  Last week, if you’ll recall, he meddled with Harry Potter IV, V, VI, and VII.  This week?  A consideration of How to Train Your Dragon, both the book and the film, and how changes to the novel ended [...]

Fusenews: The Caldecott Killer

AndreNorton1

The other day I spoke on the phone with author James Cross Giblin.

Video Sunday: Delicious Bee-Meat

Gaiman

Well, that was satisfying.  For those of you unfamiliar with the James Kennedy/Neil Gaiman “feud” (and I use that term loosely) this video may work best with a little background.  You see, I first became acquainted with the YA author of The Order of Odd Fish when he wrote this remarkable screed entitled America, Emulate [...]

Video Sunday: Too bad his duck is so crazy

BolognaVideo

You know what?  Skip everything I’ve ever suggested about visiting the Bologna Book Fair.  Airflights take a lot of time.  Your sleeping schedule gets off.  And then there’s all that walking.  Phew!  It’s enough to exhaust you just thinking about it.  No no, far better to just watch this little video created by Bart Moeyaert.  [...]