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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

Fusenews: Dark fiddlers and ponymen

Garage Doors

Looks like the National Book Awards are taking a page out of the Oscars’ handbook.  Which is to say, if people like nominees for awards so much, why not give them MORE nominees?  Says PW, “In an effort to broaden the reach and impact of the National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation will select [...]

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: On Beyond Flummoxed

AgonyKindergarten

In a weird way, Twitter sort of made my Fusenews posts this side of obsolete.  If you want cool things to see online it’s often just a case of knowing whom to follow.  And yet I love my little Fusenews.  Pressed as I am for time today, let’s pretend that these are little tweets: Pinterest [...]

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 [...]

Fusenews: Post-Sandy Edition

As I write this I don’t know what the election results are and I shall refuse to think about them all the livelong day.  Lalalalalala!  No images today, by the way.  I apparently hit my limit and need to beg SLJ for a little more space.  I’m good for it!  Honest! So there’s lots of [...]

Fusenews: Paddington V. Pooh (supporters could call themselves marmalites and hunnies)

AaronZenz

You folks have been awfully good about my recent shoddy blogging, so I tip my hat in your general direction.  Jules of 7-Imp and I are putting the final touches on our book for Candlewick editing-wise and, as you might imagine, it eats up large swaths of time like an irate and hungry badger.  There [...]

Fusenews: Though to be fair, who ever heard of harmFUL spitballing?

4WayPolarization

Howdy-do, folks.  Today I am off to the Yonkers Library to participate in a Charles Dickens panel with some experts in the field.  Why me?  I don’t precisely know but I’m honored to be asked.  Plus the train ride will allow me to read my new Lemony Snicket book (this would be the children’s literature [...]

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 [...]

Fusenews: Look for the Girl with the Caterpillar Tattoo and She’s Gone

GoAway

I apologize for the recent radio silence, folks.  There’s something goofy in the state of Fuse 8.  For one thing, I can’t seem to comment on my own posts.  Most peculiar.  I will assume that this is just a passing fancy of the blog and that all will be well and good from this day [...]

Fusenews: The true ultra-violet catastrophe

BrianLiesBirdhouse

It was a bittersweet pleasure to see the vast numbers of folks out there lamenting the passing of New Zealand children’s author Margaret Mahy this week.  Just before we heard the news a discussion on the ccbc-net listserv about children’s books we’d like to see available once more echoed with person after person lamenting the [...]

Fusenews: Rectify this sin

Bookmobile1928

Well, now we’ve gone and done it.  Greedy gus that I am, I’ve always found it hugely inconvenient when my favorite authors and illustrators live in other countries.  Shaun Tan in Australia.  Kate Beaton in Canada (we had her briefly, then lost her again, consarn it).  And then there’s that charming Frances Hardinge.  When are [...]

Fusenews: Just your average everyday “New York Public Library girl materials dilettante”

JohnsonKraussCover

Okay!  So I’m a little out of practice when it comes to these news items and looking at some of the stuff I’ve accumulated in the last month, a good swath of it is out of date.  Here’s what I have that’s current then. Not long ago the good people at the Women’s National Book [...]

Fusenews: At the sign of the big yellow fuse

AaronZenzFuse8

Ain’t he just the sweetest thing?  Author/illustrator Aaron Zenz recently wrote just the loveliest ode to his four top favorite children’s literary blogs, and then went and created original art for each.  In my case he created this little Fuse guy (or possibly Fuse gal) based on the bright yellow Fuse you see at the [...]

Fusenews: Don’t blink. You may miss it.

HungerGamesGarden

No picture available (the one on the left here is from a rather fabulous video) but word on the street has it that there’s to be a Hunger Games Barbie doll.  So there’s the expected outcry, of course, but I’m thinking this one through. First off, Barbies are the number one most tortured dolls in [...]

Fusenews: If Henry James says it’s wrong I don’t wanna be right

Papersculpture1

I swear that every time my computer goes on the fritz I feel like I’m walking underwater for days on end while it’s in the shop.  I can’t do email effectively, I can’t update Goodreads, I can’t do anything without feeling like it’s all fake until that little laptop is returned to my knees where [...]