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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

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 [...]

Fusenews: I ain’t too proud to beg

WarningSign

Happy Tuesday to you, one and all!  Hope your weather isn’t as bitingly cold as ours has been.  Time to warm up with some fresh and festive children’s literature tidbits.  Personally, I’m trying to figure out why I wrote today’s headline a couple days ago.  I’m sure there was a reason for it.  Hmmm. The [...]

Video Sunday: Robot, heck. You should see my krumping.

BabyNames

All right.  Me stuff off the bat.  I was recently asked to moderate a panel of authors for the Children’s Media Association.  The panel consisted of Ame Dyckman, Joanne Levy, Katherine Longshore, Elisa Ludwig, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and Sarvenaz Tash.  During the course of the evening it was suggested that we perform a Giant Dance [...]

Fusenews: I had a little list, the prettiest ever seen

CarleBlumeBird

Oh, so very much has gone on this week!  Where to begin?  What to do?  Well, for starters, NYPL released a handy dandy list to accompany their current exhibit The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.  I helped make said list, which is officially called 100 Great Children’s Books, 100 Years.  So, two things.  [...]

Giant Dance Party: A Bank Street Bookstore Appearance

GiantDanceParty

Ah.  I’ve been lax on my announcements here.  Did I mention to you that this past Saturday I’d be hosting a Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL that was all about the Caldecott Award winning artist duo The Petershams?  I did not.  I have been lax.  Thus, in the spirit of humble self-promotion I present my [...]

Video Sunday: Proverbial cookies happen to go very well with axiomatic milk

MoBowl

Dwell not on the fact that you were unable to attend the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet whilst your fellows caroused to all hours of the night (or so I assume . . . I left when I felt sleepy, party animal that I am). Now you can feel like you were there in the supple flesh all [...]

Fusenews: More rubbish, please!

jackwhite

You know what’s hot these days, topic-wise?  Diversity!  Or maybe just the lack thereof.  Seems its all anyone can talk about this week.  First the First Book blog reported that “at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, hosted by President Bill Clinton, [they] announced First Book’s commitment to create a sustainable solution [...]

Fusenews: Truncated Edition

roboread

My little sister Kate (who has taken it upon herself to become the best friend a picture book author ever had) created this little video of my recent appearance at the Bookbug bookstore in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  I’ll be doing a proper write-up of that day (two words: smoke machine) but for now here’s a taste [...]

Fusenews: Mysterious Edges, Heroic Worlds

398.2

Well sir, it’s a heckuva week.  Book stuff is happening out the wazoo, but for a moment I’d like to concentrate on what else is going on in the wider children’s literary world.  What say we Fusenews it up a bit, eh? Of course there’s no way to begin today without a hat tip to [...]

Review of the Day: Giant Dance Party by Betsy Bird

GiantDanceParty

Giant Dance Party By Betsy Bird Illustrated By Brandon Dorman Greenwillow (an imprint of Harper Collins) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0061960833 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. Gotcha! I’m just messing with you.  No, I’m not going to actually review my book here.  I’m not going to wax rhapsodic over the hidden meanings lurking behind the mysterious cupcake [...]

Video Thursday: Because Rules Are Meant to Be Broken

They asked me to do some promotional videos for my book. I came up with these instead.  Life is too short not to have your legs eaten by legwarmers.  I’m inclined to name them The Electric Blue Boogaloo. Part One: Part Two: Part Three: Part Four: I have fun.

Got Me a Book. Got Me a Website. Got Me a Giant Dance Party.

GiantDanceParty

Okay, folks.  This is where we start the self-promotion machine.  I’m looking at it right now and it’s rusty and corroded and clearly falling apart at the seams.  Nonetheless, I shall grab my proverbial gas can, fill the tank, pull the cord, let ‘er rip, and see where she takes me. So first and foremost, [...]

Fusenews: Hidey-holes

bookshelfwallpaper

Tra la!  It’s May!  The lusty month of May!  The time that  . . . . what? It’s March? Seriously?  Forget it then.  I’m going back in my hidey-hole.  Call me when it’s May.  But before I go, here’s a swath of delicious Fusenews.  Good for what ails ye. First off, a gem.  I got [...]

Librarian Preview: Harper Collins (Spring 2013)

123VersusABC

Oh the previews are here, they’re here, they’re here, The wonderful previews are here Time to go out, go out, go out, Go out and order a . . . . beer?  No, no . . . From that catchy little tune (working on it) I hope you realize that preview season is upon us [...]

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 [...]