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A Fuse #8 Production
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Fusenews: Hear the beat, of literary feet.

Little-Prince-Shoes

Hi ho.  Time to round-up what Jules and I have been up to over at our Wild Things blog (book promotion for bloggers means more blogging, you see).  Here’s the long and short of what you may have missed: Wacked out 1970s picture books. Maurice Sendak’s actual first book (and it’s not what you think). [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #14: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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#14 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937) 89 points I know this isn’t exactly a children’s book, but I first read it when I was nine, and I loved it so much I read it and the LOTR trilogy over and over until I was “grounded” from checking them out anymore. – Anna Ruhs Probably [...]

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: The Jack Gantos / Alfred E. Newman Connection

JeffersWallpaper

And then it’s February.  How the heckedy heck did that happen?  Looks like 2012 is already establishing itself as the Blink and You’ll Miss It year.  Well, let’s get to it then. First and foremost was the announcement of Battle of the Books 2012.  Or, as I like to think of it, the place where [...]

Fusenews: Can YOU Identify What Sally is Reading?

Polish

Okay. First and foremost, citizens of the world I need your help.  Take a look at these photographs: What you are looking at are two shots of what the character Sally Draper from Mad Men is reading in episode 5, season 4.  It is imperative that we figure out what this book might be.  You [...]

Fusenews: “Think Old Testament Noel Coward”

Apps

All right.  Enough with Italy and all that.  Let’s get back into the swing of things here.  I feel like Fusenewsing it up and ain’t nuthin’ but nuthin’ gonna stop me.  And trust me, there were a couple things I missed while I was gone.  Like, say, April Fool’s Day.  Remember that this time last [...]

Fusenews: Call me Al

FloydCooper

Sometimes I feel that in midst of all our Newbery/Caldecott predictions we tend to place more attention on the Newbery side of the equation.  There are Mock Newbery committees all around the country with blogs.  How strange that there are fewer Mock Caldecott committees.  You’d think it would be the other way around.  After all, [...]

Fusenews: I mean, a fear of tent worms isn’t all THAT ridiculous, right?

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I am indebted to Jenny Schwartzberg for bringing to my attention the fact that the BBC’s extensive archives are offering up recordings of some of the great British Novelists of the past.  These are both television and radio programs and they are intoxicating.  You can hear the very voice of Virginia Woolf herself.  And on [...]