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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Fusenews: Though I See The Pigeon as More of a King George Type


Here’s the thing about Minh Lê. He doesn’t blog terribly often, but when it does it just sort of explodes like an atom bomb on the scene.  His Hamilton starring Elephant and Piggie . . . sheer brilliance.  I’m just mad I didn’t think of it myself (not that I could ever have paired the […]

What Good Are Windows and Mirrors When the Windows Just Look at Your Own Back Yard?


“If we don’t offer children literature from other languages, we are starving them.” Philip Pullman (TES, 2005) Phew! I’d been planning on doing a round-up of some of the speeches and talks I sat in on at the ALA Conference in Orlando a week or so ago, only to find that I’d lost my notes.  […]

The British to American Translation


This Christmas I was delighted to find that someone had given me the latest incarnation of Harry Potter, this time in the form of the fully illustrated book by Jim Kay.  Called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, my book was a little different as it was the British Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.  […]

Translating Picture Books: Why Don’t We Care?


So I’m having lunch with author Jeff Baron (I REPRESENT SEAN ROSEN) the other day and we’re talking about his play VISITING MR. GREEN.  It’s a remarkably popular work, and has had debuts all over the world.  The topic naturally turned to translation and Jeff mentioned that he takes an active role in reading and […]

Review of the Day: Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt


Jane the Fox and Me By Fanny Britt Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault Translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou Groundwood Books ISBN: 978-1-55498-360-5 $19.95 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 1st Isn’t it strange how few children’s graphic novels are published in a given year? This is one of those phenomena that defy the basic tenets […]

Review of the Day: John Jensen Feels Different by Henrik Hovland


John Jensen Feels Different By Henrik Hovland Illustrated by Torill Kove Translated by Don Bartlett Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $16.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5399-8 For ages 4-8 On shelves now There is a lot to be said for a picture book book that is so unapologetically Norwegian that it ends up making you completely (not to […]

Fusenews: What’s wrong with this picture?


With Book Expo going full-blast in town and my library celebrating its Centennial all at the same time, blogging is possible but slightly more difficult than usual.  I am amused to find that when I skip a day some folks worry that I might be in labor.  Fear not.  I’ll find a way to update […]

Review of the Day – Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit By Nahoko Uehashi Illustrated by Yuko Shimizu Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-00542-5 Ages 9-14 On shelves now No one can look you in the eye and tell you that kids today don’t read Japanese literature. A simple stroll by the manga section of any […]