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Video Sunday: Football players, grateful artists, and tambourine players galore

Time to up the bar. Years ago N.D. Wilson made what has to be the most ambitious book trailer created by an author I ever did see (it was for The Ashtown Burials and if you missed it you can watch it here and see what I mean). Now, after copious Florida research trips where [...]

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

BillWaterson

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 [...]

Name This Boy Band

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At approximately 9:22 EST on Friday, July 27th I sent the following Tweet to the interwebs: These are the kinds of serious thoughts that course through my brain on a given morning.  I might hear a One Direction song (yes, I’m a 34-year-old mother, what of it?) and think “That song could be a lot [...]

Video Sunday: The Quibbling Gem

ThreeNinjaPigs

It is a well-established fact that a new Dan Santat book trailer is a cause for celebration.  I hadn’t heard of this one before, so this makes for a good introduction.  Could be a good pairing with John Rocco’s Wolf! Wolf! It also makes me wonder why there aren’t more fairytale ninja mash-ups out there.  [...]

Re-Seussification Project: The Results

SeussCarle

It was kind of a kooky idea, I admit it.  I’ve seen plenty of sites where artists will reinterpret someone like Maurice Sendak in their own styles.  What I wanted was something a little different.  I wanted to see what would happen if great children’s book illustrators illustrated one another.  If a Lobel illustrated a [...]

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.  [...]

Review of the Day: Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Sidekicks

Sidekicks By Dan Santat Arthur A. Levine (an imprint of Scholastic) $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-439-29811-7 Ages 8-12 On shelves July 1, 2011 When I was a kid I got to read comics that I had no business putting my grubby little hands on. You see my grandmother had carefully left all my dad’s old Superman, Superboy, [...]

Review of the Day – Manners Mash-up: A Goofy Guide to Good Behavior

MannersMashup

Manners Mash-Up: A Goofy Guide to Good Behavior By: Tedd Arnold, Joe Berger, Sophie Blackall, Henry Cole, Frank Morrison, Lynn Munsinger, Tao Nyeu, LeUyen Pham, Adam Rex, Peter H. Reynolds, Dan Santat, Judy Schachner, Bob Shea, and Kevin Sherry Dial Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3480-7 Ages 4-8 On shelves [...]

Review of the Day: The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt

Piggins

The Adventures of Nanny Piggins By R.A. Spratt Illustrated by Dan Santat Little Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-06819-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Don’t judge a book by its cover, they say. To heck with that, say I. When it comes to books for kids, nine times out of ten you’re going to end [...]

Now let us praise famous jacket artists – 2010

Save0142

Due to the sheer proliferation of book jackets featuring photographs rather than illustrations, I think the time is right to offer a little ode of praise to our brave illustrators who work so hard to give us great illustrated chapter book covers.  In an age when it feels like all the teen covers are dedicated [...]

Video Sunday: Featuring world famous cheesy animation technology

Kug-Goldstein

Recently I’ve been trying to get in touch with Mr. Pilkey because I have a very very important question to ask him.  Unfortunately, he spends a goodly time of his life in Japan without access to email (or so I’ve been told). Fortunately, (this is turning into a Remy Charlip book) he recently made this [...]

Review of the Day: Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett

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Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) By Mac Barnett Illustrated by Dan Santat Hyperion Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-142312312-5 Ages 4 and up. On shelves now. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to come up with a name for this new breed of children’s book author/illustrator we’re seeing these days. It’s a [...]