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Review of the Day: Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman


Hansel and Gretel By Neil Gaiman Illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti Candlewick $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-935179-62-7 Ages 6 and up When a successful writer of books for adults decides to traipse headlong into the world of children’s literature, the results are too often disastrous. From Donald Barthelme’s self-indulgent Slightly Irregular Fire Engine to the more recent, if […]

The Fairytales and Folktales of 2013: An Accounting


If you’ve sat in the audience during one of my talks of 2013, any of them really, then at some point during my presentation I probably mentioned that my deep and abiding love for small publishers is due, in no small part, to the rise in the fairytales and folktales in the marketplace.  It’s not […]

Fusenews: My proverbial hat tastes like flan


I was going to spend a lot of time on this Fusenews.  Then I picked up Doug TenNapel’s Cardboard and lost most of my evening in the process.  So it goes.  I really am going to have to be brief today.  To sum up: The Battle of the (Kids’) Books rages on in earnest!  Wish […]

Fusenews: Now with more earthquaky goodness


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 […]

Why Grand Theft Auto is like Hansel and Gretel

It isn’t.  I explain. A children’s librarian may sometimes spend a certain amount of time defending a child’s right to read fairy tales or books that reference those tales.  So when a parent complains about the severed heads in A Tale Dark and Grimm or the girl dancing to her death in Breadcrumbs, the librarian […]