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Fusenews: Juggling pocket kittens

Cerritos

Full credit to my co-writer Jules at Seven Impossible Things for bringing my attention to this rather awesome new site.  Uncovered Cover Art calls itself a sketchbook of “reimagined children’s books”.  What that means is that artists are encouraged to submit their own interpretations of children’s book jackets.  The hope is that industry insiders would [...]

Fusenews: Croquet and Pentanque (together at last)

bookdress

Maybe half a year ago I mentioned that Ms. Lucy Knisley had created a cartoon poster for the first four Harry Potter books.  Now with the final Potter movie coming out, the posters are at long last complete.  They follow the plots of the books, not the films, but the look of the characters can [...]

Video Sunday: “It was just full of mouthwash”

21balloons

The 90-Second Newbery submissions keep coming in!!  Remember, there’s still lots of time to have your talented kids/students/neighborhood gamins submit their own shortened versions of Newbery classics.  James Kennedy and I will be presenting them at New York Public Library in the fall, but we’d love more titles like today’s musical take on that William [...]

Video Sunday: The singer would be significantly less weird looking if he had eyebrows, yes?

ScholasticPreview

I’ve been asked in the past why it is that I don’t write up the online librarian previews by folks like those at Scholastic.  The reason is simple.  I figure that if you have access to the online previews you don’t need a recap from someone like me.  You can see them for yourself!  That [...]

Harry Potter Analysis

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Lest you think I overextend myself, I’ll let the resident husband take over the blogging duties of the day.  Over at his site Cockeyed Caravan Matt tackles the Harry Potter books.  He’ll be covering the series all week, examining what worked and what didn’t (sacrilege?).  Here’s the post on the first three books and a [...]

Fusenews: What’s wrong with this picture?

ThorSalad

With Book Expo going full-blast in town and my library celebrating its Centennial all at the same time, blogging is possible but slightly more difficult than usual.  I am amused to find that when I skip a day some folks worry that I might be in labor.  Fear not.  I’ll find a way to update [...]

Fusenews: ‘Arf a mo’!

BeSomeoneElse1

Matt’s been reading this WWI epic graphic novel called Charley’s War by Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun where the British soldiers keep going around saying the phrase ‘arf a mo’.  We didn’t understand what it meant until we put on some awful faux-British accents of our own.  Then it made sense.  Anyway . . . [...]

Video Sunday: “And to prove it she bisected three young tourists from Utrecht”

JoanofArc

Can’t tell you my relief when I realized that this was entirely on-topic.  I have Educating Alice to thank for this.  I listened to the video first and found myself thinking, “That sounds like Neil Gaiman.”  And then, “That singing voice sounds, in fact, PRECISELY like Neil Gaiman.”  Well, it is.  The creator of this [...]

Fusenews: The Caldecott Killer

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The other day I spoke on the phone with author James Cross Giblin.

Video Sunday: Too bad his duck is so crazy

BolognaVideo

You know what?  Skip everything I’ve ever suggested about visiting the Bologna Book Fair.  Airflights take a lot of time.  Your sleeping schedule gets off.  And then there’s all that walking.  Phew!  It’s enough to exhaust you just thinking about it.  No no, far better to just watch this little video created by Bart Moeyaert.  [...]

Fusenews: “The Hardy boys were tense with a realization of their peril.”

HarryPotterWall

So I’m reading through my weekly edition of AL Direct and I notice that no matter what worldwide occurrence takes place, librarians are always there. Whether it’s damage to two libraries in Egypt, stories from the librarians in Christchurch, New Zealand, or how the Wisconsin Library Association delayed Library Legislative Day due to the protests, [...]

Fusenews: Pretty pictures

eBooks

It can be hard defending my juvenile love of Archie comics as a kid, but I am a woman of many means.  Now there’s a new magazine out there by the name of Veronica & Betty.  First off, not Betty & Veronica but Veronica & Betty?  Granted, there used to be a comic by the [...]

Video Sunday: Hullo?

LostThing

Julie Fortenberry, I kiss your tiny feet.  I’ve known for years that Shaun Tan had been transferring his efforts from books to filmmaking, but I’d not seen the fruits of his or anyone else’s labor.  Now we have a trailer for his remarkable The Lost Thing.  My sole regret is that there is nowhere for [...]

Fusenews: “Does the Quiet Old Lady evolve as a character or does she remain static?”

nationalbookaward

This Wednesday will see the final announcements of The National Book Award winners for one and all to see.  Unlike the Newbery, Caldecott, or ALA Media Awards of any stripe, judges on the National Book Award committee are uniquely tight-lipped.  They can’t even really give their own opinions of the books looked at (though you [...]

Fusenews: “swinish Milneish parts”

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All right, all right, all righty, all right then.  Where to begin . . . I know.  With a tribute that deserves notice first and foremost.  I had heard that Laura Amy Schlitz was writing an obituary for her friend, fellow writer Eva Ibbotson.  I expected it to be brilliant.  It has, in fact, exceeded [...]