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A Fuse #8 Production
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Fusenews: Back to work, everybody!

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Top o’ the Tuesday to you, gentle readers!  After a delightful Memorial Day Weekend of doing very little (aside from watching somewhat strangely high statistics for my dinky little Saturday review) I am now working my final week at NYPL before the imminent arrival of a brand new Baby Bird.  So let’s pack in the [...]

Review of the Day: Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

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Me . . . Jane By Patrick McDonnell Little Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316004546-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 5th Pity the picture book biographer. Theirs is not an easy lot. Seems to me that if you want to introduce a six-year-old to a famous person there are two ways of going about it. [...]

A Fuse #8 Prediction: Newbery/Caldecott 2011

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After much consideration and contemplation, I have decided to deal with this year’s final predictions of the Newbery/Caldecott in a cynical manner that’s not too far off from how I chose my Oscar winners.  Which is to say, rather than tote the names I want to win the big ALA Media Awards, I’m going to [...]

Review of the Day: Art & Max by David Wiesner

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Art & Max By David Wiesner Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-618-75663-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves October 4, 2010 Illustrators of children’s books are easier to deal with if you can lump them into little boxes. Multicultural family stories that tug at the heartstrings? That’s the Patricia Polacco box. Cute [...]

Newbery/Caldecott 2011: The Big Questions

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Yes, it’s time yet again to try to figure out what might win this year’s Newbery (for the best written work for children) and Caldecott (for the best illustrated book for children) Awards for 2011.  Let’s try something a little different from Part One and Part Two of this year’s predictionfest.  Now with Heavy Medal [...]

Review of the Day: Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs

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Dust Devil By Anne Isaacs Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky Schwartz & Wade (an imprint of Random House) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86722-4 Ages 5-10 On shelves September 14, 2010 If Pippi Longstocking is a redhead known for her casual legwear, Angelica Longrider (or just “Angel” for short) would have to be considered her blatantly barefoot ginger-headed [...]

Review of the Day: Ballet for Martha by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

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Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring By Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan Illustrated by Brian Floca Flash Point (an imprint of Roaring Brook Press) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-338-0 Ages 5-10 On shelves August 3, 2010 Collaboration. True life stories of collaboration told in a picture book format. It’s a challenge that I give myself: Name such [...]

Review of the Day: Elsie’s Bird by Jane Yolen

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Elsie’s Bird By Jane Yolen Illustrated by David Small Philomel (a division of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25292-1 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 2nd As a kid I was read a fair amount of Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Over the years much of what I heard faded into the mists of memory. However, [...]

A Fuse #8 Prediction: Newbery/Caldecott 2011 Halfway Mark

Yep!  I’ve determined that midway through June is the perfect time to start toting various Newbery/Caldecott predictions.  This time last year I listed When You Reach Me, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate amongst my winners.  Let us all hope I’ve such good luck this year as [...]