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Video Sunday: “Luke, I Am Your Father” (in a manner of speaking)

Celestina

I’m a chick who loves Star Wars.  I’m not ashamed of the fact.  Feminist icon Princess Leia?  I can get behind that (gold bikini or no).  So when I saw a galley for that AMAZING Star Wars children’s book coming out with art from the original concept artist Ralph McQuarrie, I was blown away.  Here, [...]

Fusenews: That’s what I get for ignoring copyright

BrideCat

Happy Columbus Day to you!  I’ve not particularly insightful encapsulations of the day to offer you, though if you’d like to read some preview posts I’ve done on the day (completely with book recommendations) feel free to go here. I will start today with this rather interesting post about a recent brouhaha that arose when [...]

Video Sunday: “I’ve promised it to Publishers’ Monthly”

Handler

See now, this is what I get for waiting when I see a good video.  I’ve been doing my Video Sundays a little less frequently since I like to do them when the content is primo.  The flipside is that sometimes I get scooped.  Such is the case with today’s video.  It is a delight [...]

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 [...]

Radio Silence Explained: It’s J.K. Rowling’s Fault

Bird and Rowling

In brief – I was a matron of honor at my sister’s wedding and then, after I returned to New York, I met J.K. Rowling. You want proof? Fuzzy lady with brown hair on the left is me.  Fuzzy lady with the blond hair on the right is Ms. Rowling.  And so you may have [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #3: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

HarryPotter1

#3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (1997) 287 points Oh, our family got hours and hours and hours of enjoyment out of these books. We read all of the first five out loud as a family, with no reading ahead. (Or as little reading ahead as we could stand.) Her imaginative [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #12: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

HarryAzkabanAustralia

#12 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (1999) 101 points After all these years, this one is still my favorite: it’s the last true Middle Grade novel of the bunch, and it’s got everything: adventure, scary sequences, a daring escape, and time travel. And I can’t beat that my kids still [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll #98: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

GobletAmerica

#98 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (2000) 20 points I joined the Hogwarts Express at about this time, and though I saw the darkness beginning to become more apparent in the series, I was not prepared for this.  This book marked the turning point in the series, and everyone had [...]

Fusenews: Gleep!

BecauseDaddyLovesYou

Durn.  This is what I get for not doing a Fusenews in a while.  A whole plethora of good stuff!  Let’s see what we can use up in a single day, eh? For the record, if you haven’t read these Hunger Games comics (in the style of Kate Beaton, no?) then now’s the time.  They’re [...]

Fusenews: “whimsically apocalyptic”

As I’m sure many of you heard Jan Berenstain, half of The Berenstain Bears, passed away recently. The Gothamist called us up at NYPL and wondered if we had any Berenstain goodies in our collection. We don’t but we knew who did. You can read their obit here. The SLJ obit is also well worth [...]

Fusenews: Tomie/Tomi, Tomi/Tomie

audiobookwizardofoz

Things that I love: Blogging. My baby girl.  Seattle.  Two of those three things will be coming together on September 16th and 17th.  That’s when the 5th (five already?) annual Kidlitcon will occur!  It’s looking like a remarkable line-up as well with special keynote speaker YA author Scott Westerfeld and great presentations, as per usual.  [...]

Fusenews: Fight fight, inner light. Kill, Quakers, Kill!*

Frankenstein

Well, kids, here’s the deal.  While I’d love to tell you that I won’t be blogging for the next few days or so because I’ll be at the Kidlitcon in Minnesota this weekend, truth be told the real reason for my sporadic bursts is that it’s my 10-year college reunion and I am in the [...]