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Video Sunday: Hits ’em With His Head Edition


So, fun fact. I read a serious 2017 Newbery contender a couple months ago and it looks like they may release it in the nearish future (February 2nd). I’m calling 2016 as The Year of the Fox, by the way, since both Sara Pennypacker and Kathi Appelt have fox related middle grades on the horizon. […]

Review of the Day: The Nest by Kenneth Oppel


The Nest By Kenneth Oppel Illustrated by Jon Klassen Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4814-3232-0 On shelves October 6th Oh, how I love middle grade horror. It’s a very specific breed of book, you know. Most people on the street might think of the Goosebumps books or similar ilk when they […]

Fusenews: Red-bearded ghosts welcome!


I begin today with news that is only tangentially children’s literature related.  My excuse is that it makes me so happy I can hardly breathe.  For Christmas I got the soundtrack of the musical Matilda, and I’ve been cooing over the brilliant lyrics and music ever since.  Tim Minchin was the man behind said lyrics […]

A Children’s Book Fever Dream: Compounding Awesome Upon Awesome


There are some days when you are so utterly floored by delight that all you can do is throw up your hands and say to the universe, “I’m out!”  That was yesterday.  I’m out, folks.  I hit the top.  It’s all downhill from here.  And I’m so young!  It’s sad when you peak at 34. […]

Review of the Day: The Dark by Lemony Snicket


The Dark By Lemony Snicket Illustrated by Jon Klassen Little Brown & Co. $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-18748-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 2nd You do not know the temptation I am fighting right now to begin this review with some grandiose statement equating a fear of the dark with a fear of death itself. You have […]

Video Sunday: “Guys, smell 11 Birthdays”


I think it fitting that I follow up the last Video Sunday bit of teacher enthusiasm with this subsequent sneaky teacher taping.  “We’re just smelling books, Mr. Lewis.”  That would be Mike Lewis and though they acknowledge him at the start, it’s pretty clear they don’t know he’s taping until much later on.  This should […]

Top 100 Picture Books #74: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen


#74 I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (2011) 26 points Funny, I’ve never seen my kids laugh so hard when finishing a book. That, and the bear’s unfailingly polite. There has to be points for that. – Melissa Fox Yeah, it’s awfully soon to tell, but I think this will be a classic.  […]

Librarian Preview: Candlewick Press (Fall 2012)


You’ve got your big-time fancy pants New York publishers on the one hand, and then you have your big-time fancy pants Boston publishers on the other.  A perusal of Minders of Make-Believe by Leonard Marcus provides a pretty good explanation for why Boston is, in its way, a small children’s book enclave of its own.  […]

Re-Seussification Project: The Results


It was kind of a kooky idea, I admit it.  I’ve seen plenty of sites where artists will reinterpret someone like Maurice Sendak in their own styles.  What I wanted was something a little different.  I wanted to see what would happen if great children’s book illustrators illustrated one another.  If a Lobel illustrated a […]

Video Sunday: “We envision it as Lord of the Rings, but set in a world of candy.”

Yesterday you may have seen that I featured a Jon Klassen book of unparalleled beauty. After some prodding about on the series of tubes we call the internet I discovered that there are some small animations of his online. This is one of the coolest so many thanks to Viviane Schwartz for the link! I […]

Review of the Day: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen


I Want My Hat Back By Jon Klassen Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5598-3 Ages 4-8 On shelves September 27th. I knew it! I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! When Caroline Stutson’s Cats’ Night Out was released by Simon & Schuster in 2010 it contained art by […]

Review of the Day: Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson


Cats’ Night Out By Caroline Stutson Illustrated by J. Klassen Simon & Schuster (A Paula Wiseman Book) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-4005-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Cats that go out to dance at night. I know I’ve seen this trope done before, but it’s hard to remember where. I suppose The Alley Cat’s Meow by Kathi […]

Review of the Day – The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood


The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling By Maryrose Wood Illustrated by Jon Klassen Balzer & Bray (an imprint of Harper Collins) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-179105-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now When you’re a parent or a librarian or a teacher or a bookseller who reads a lot of children’s books, you sometimes wish […]