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Fusenews: Boom!

GiantDanceMatchbox

It’s always the filler.  I have this little file where I jot down ideas for posts on days when my brain is mush, and most recently I jotted down the old “casual diversity” question a friend asked me once.  Figured it would make for a good quickie blog post and then I’d be on my [...]

A Children’s Book Fever Dream: Compounding Awesome Upon Awesome

TheScieszkaStare

There are some days when you are so utterly floored by delight that all you can do is throw up your hands and say to the universe, “I’m out!”  That was yesterday.  I’m out, folks.  I hit the top.  It’s all downhill from here.  And I’m so young!  It’s sad when you peak at 34. [...]

Fusenews: Confessions of a syllabus addict

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Allrighty then (remember when this phrase was a thing?).  Time to whip out a Fusenews in this new format.  Let’s crank her up and see what she can do! Let’s start with the me stuff.  This happened while I was on vacation:  The folks at the New York Times asked me to be a part [...]

Video Sunday: You had me at “giant ice cream”

DigitalScience

I think the nicest thing about the internet, for me anyway, is that if you wait around long enough things that you’ve seen live will appear online and then you can let lots of people know about them.  For example, this video of Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman is not new.  It does, however, [...]

Fusenews: Grumble fish

Dorothy

“Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.” That would be an old line from a TV column in the Marin Independent Journal by one Rick Polito describing the film The Wizard of Oz.  My brother-in-law Steve brought it [...]

Video Sunday: “I’ve promised it to Publishers’ Monthly”

Handler

See now, this is what I get for waiting when I see a good video.  I’ve been doing my Video Sundays a little less frequently since I like to do them when the content is primo.  The flipside is that sometimes I get scooped.  Such is the case with today’s video.  It is a delight [...]

Review of the Day – All the Wrong Questions: “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket

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All the Wrong Questions: “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” By Lemony Snicket Illustrated by Seth Little, Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-12308-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 24th Last year I was running a bookgroup for kids, ages 9-12, when the subject of children’s books adapted into films came up. We talked about [...]

Fusenews: To lose one author may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose dozens looks like carelessness.

Aruego

At this point you just have to start throwing your hands up in the air.  Then you have to start eyeing some of the older children’s authors and illustrators who are still around with great trepidation.  We’ve been host to a SLEW of deaths already this year, but August is making May look like it [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #48: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

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#48 The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (1999) 43 points Also brought me a huge list of new readers – boys and girls and teachers loved to read them out loud to the class. – Cheryl Phillips I’m a Snicket girl, loving the play with wit and words in this Series of Unfortunate Events. – [...]

Video Sunday: Wouldn’t “The Jazz Lovin’ Cows” Be a Great Picture Book Title?

DanielHandler

When I saw the documentary Library of the Early Mind for the first time I couldn’t help but notice that while everyone did a nice job, Daniel Handler kinda stole the show.  His interview portions were very brief and always the funniest darn thing on the screen, the unfortunate side effect being that you kinda [...]

Video Sunday: I’m gonna give you some terrible thrills

Maddow

So I’m at a lovely Little Brown librarian preview earlier this week and the first special guest star of the day turns out to be none other than Daniel Handler a.k.a. Lemony Snicket.  A resident of San Francisco, I wasn’t sure why he was in town.  Turns out, he was on Rachel Maddow’s show talking [...]

Fusenews: “Even books meant to put kids to sleep should give them strange dreams.”

penguinsweaters

Sharp-eyed spotters in the children’s book realm caught site of an interesting little something in the Kidlitosphere this week: An honest-to-gosh manifesto.  Not a manifesto of a nefarious nature, mind, but one that begins with the conversation starter, “We are tired of hearing the picture book is in trouble, and tired of pretending it is [...]

SLJ’s 2011 Day of Dialog: “The best thing about being a writer is that you have readers” – Katherine Paterson

Balto

So let’s get a grasp on what exactly it is I’m talking about here.  Day of Dialog.  A day when School Library Journal and roughly 1.5 billion children’s book publishers (read: 16, give or take) get together and attendees (who are mostly children’s librarians and children’s booksellers) get to witness a variety of interesting panels [...]

Librarian Preview: Little Brown and Company (Fall 2011 – Winter 2012)

AllKindsofKisses

Previews, previews!  Lovely little previews! And we find ourselves back at the Yale Club, across the street from Grand Central Station, and a whopping 10 minutes away, on foot, from my library.  There are advantages to living on a tiny island, I tell ya. As per usual, Little Brown pulled out all the stops for [...]

I’ve Been to a Marvelous Party

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With Noonoo and Nada and Nell… No. Wait. Scratch that.  But I have been to a couple of marvelous parties as of late.  Under normal circumstances I don’t mention them all that often, but this week I’ll make an exception.  [Note: If you don't like party posts, avoid this one at all costs.  Even if [...]