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“You can’t go broke overestimating the intelligence of children” – Chris Van Allsburg and the Eric Carle Honors of 2013

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There comes a time in every woman’s life when she is asked to interview a childhood idol. Put another way . . . There comes a time in my life, say every half a year or so, when I am asked to interview one of my own childhood idols.  Most recently, that someone was Carle [...]

Fusenews: This is what a librarian looks like

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Oh me, oh my, where does the time go?  Here we are, it’s Monday yet again, and I’m running about like a chicken with my head cut off.  This Friday I head off to Barcelona for a full week (weep for me), then back I come to promote my picture book (Giant Dance Party, or [...]

Fusenews: In which I manage to work in the phrase “shirtless Jason Isaacs” seemingly with no effort at all

GirlFromJupiter

When you’re a parent you don’t get a whole lot of time to take off and see new movies.  Tell you something you don’t already know, right?  Well for Christmas my husband and I got a copy of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and even with the film in our home we STILL didn’t get around [...]

Fusenews: “…there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run / There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

CarleHonorsWillems

The last few days have been a blur, helped not a bit by a toddler who suddenly took it into her head that 4:45 a.m. is a perfectly reasonable time to wake up and that perfectly reasonable people should be up and about and WHY ISN’T MOMMY BEING PERFECTLY REASONABLE ABOUT THIS???? … WAAAAAAUUUUGGGGHHHH!  So [...]

Fusenews: You know what they say about the size of a man’s autograph, don’t you?

MoserCarleJuster

Okay, let’s do this thing.  I’ve had a remarkably busy week and I’m itching to discuss it alongside all the other newsworthy schtoof floating about in the atmosphere.  First up . . . That Linda Epstein gal, that Linda Epstain gal, I do I LIKE that Linda Epstein gal (can you tell I’ve been reading [...]

The 2012 Carle Honors: The Sweet and Low Down

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I’m sure that by now you’ve already ready the PW recap of the 2012 Carle Honors called, so fittingly, Wit, Wisdom and One Very Drunk Puppet.  Steeped as I am in edits for a book, I have not been as timely with my posts as I would like.  As a result, the darn “drunk puppet” [...]

Fusenews: Coals to Newcastle, Pearls Before Swine, and So On and Such

BookFungus

I must apologize to you for falling down on my regular Video Sundays.  Saturday night I made the executive decision to rewatch Ghostbusters so as best to ascertain its relative awesomeness.  Conclusion: The movie continues to rock.  I was surprised to hear that the shots of the Ghostbusters in the stacks of my library were [...]

The Eric Carle Honors 2011

AshleyBryan

For the past six years now the Eric Carle Museum has hosted an annual event in New York City where authors, illustrators, editors, and more have met and mingled with the chance of bidding on great works of art, honored folks in the field, and generally supported the museum and all it entails.  And for [...]

Fusenews: Now with more earthquaky goodness

ABitLost

The fabulous Colleen Mondor and Jackie Parker-Robinson have come up with a clever notion.  Kidlitcon, the yearly conference for bloggers of child and teen literature, fast approacheth and this year, things are getting a bit switched.  As Colleen says on her blog, “What we decided was to shift things just a bit, both by moving [...]

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: “I’m not trading my beef jerky for your edamame.”

DiaryManlyKid

This may have to qualify for this month’s Best Thing Ever. You know Jon Scieszka?  Great guy.  Has two kids as it happens.  Casey and Jake.  Good guys.  Adults.  Now along with Steven Weinberg (who wrote To Timbuktu with Casey) the trio has created Diary of a Manly Kid.  Pretty much what it sounds like [...]

“I’m really what they call in the States ‘outsider art.’” : The Work of Etienne Delessert

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Last August I had some fun highlighting The Creative Company’s series of short stories published as individual books.  You know.  The Monkey’s Paw.  The Lottery.  The Most Dangerous Game.  That kind of stuff.  While looking at their covers I couldn’t help but notice that quite a few were done by the artist Etienne Delessert.  Delessert’s [...]

Eric Carle Honors 2010 (Also Known as More Party Party)

elephantandpiggie

Yeah, this week is party week, baby!  First I recap a Robert Forbes party alongside Cynthia von Buhler’s event of the year.  Now I turn my attention to a party beneath a bridge.  The 59th Street Bridge, if you’re going to be technical about it.  Picture, if you will, a glassed enclosure nestled sweetly beneath [...]

Fusenews: Prehistoric Security Guards = Instant Awe

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I must say, I was more than impressed by the sheer wealth of great children’s poets weighing in on yesterday’s post about the conspicuous lack of an ALSC poetry award.  Today, we shall switch gears and instead start off the day with a fine little . . . New Blog Alert: I’ve decided that I [...]