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Fusenews: Knowing your funny from your droll

PaperJewelry

With Comic Con NYC later this week, publisher previews on the rise, and various work-related meetings, talks, and speeches I’m just the teeniest tiniest bit busy this week.  But no matter!  It is you, dear readers, that give me what for and how to.  For you I would forgo all the sleep in the world.  [...]

Video Sunday: Met the ghost of David Wiesner at the Hotel Paradise . . .

PodcastingLitSalon

Here we are in the glory of spring.  With all the beauty just ah-popping outdoors, what better time to sequester ourselves inside to watch mad videos about children’s literature related affairs? So first and foremost, you may have seen me make mention of the fact that I had a podcasting-related Children’s Literary Salon last weekend.  [...]

Fusenews: Pretty sneaky, sis.

Mr.LegoTiger

I have a sister.  Did you know that?  Tis true.  She’s not a librarian and her interest in children’s literature pretty much begins and ends with me, which is probably why she hasn’t come up before.  One thing she is?  Crafty.  Crafty as all get out.  And the kicker is that she’s just started this [...]

Video Sunday: So hang, boys, hang

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The exciting news this week was that I got to host a couple panels regarding Banned Books (it being the week of ‘em and all).  The first was at the Brooklyn Book Festival with David Levithan, Francesca Lia Block, and Lauren Myracle.  I then cannibalized my own questions and used them in this, a Google+ [...]

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

TheScieszkaStare

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. [...]

Press Release Fun: The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Returns to New York City!

And I am SO going to be there.  This is a crazy good line-up. Thalia Kids’ Book Club Presents The 2012 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Sunday, December 2 at 4 pm at Symphony Space All Tickets: $15 ($12 for members) This special event  marks the debut screening of the top videos submitted by kids to [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #35: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith

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#35 The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith (1989) 51 points I remember when this book was the hit of the third grade. Everyone passed it around and read it and we all were cracking up. Fractured fairy tales in the hands of the skilled Jon Scieszka [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #91: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith

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#91 The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith (1992) 21 points I found this when I was in high school (I have much younger siblings, which was probably how I was getting access to picture books in those days) and laughed so much I took it [...]

The Children’s Book Choice Awards Gala 2012: The Only Place Where Jeff Kinney Can Be the Underdog

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As fancy pants award ceremonies for works of children’s literature go, I’m certain that there are plenty to choose from.  Two in particular stand out time and time again.  On the one hand you have the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet.  Longstanding, stately, a respectable tribute to the greatest picture books and texts written for children, the ceremony [...]

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival: New York Style

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If you’ve read my blog in the last year you may have heard me mention a little something called the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.  Said aloud it sounds like The 92nd Newbery Film Festival (which is not too far off since 2012 will be the 90th Newbery Award).  However the entire premise was this: Kids [...]

Video Sunday: More Glitter

PercyJackson

Somewhere along the way I completely missed this Percy Jackson video in which everyone from Brian Selznick to a moustachioed Eoin Colfer (when did that happen?) chat it up.  Video #2 contains a bit of advice  that John Rocco actually had to contend with when he made the jacket for The Lightening Thief: “Green covers [...]

Video Sunday: Weirdly supple crystal balls

ReadingBook

Oh good. Now we have a rallying cry. Bonus.  Thanks to Maureen Johnson for the link. Travis at 100 Scope Notes recently discovered the author video cache to beat all author video caches.  As he puts it “I challenge you to a good ol’ fashioned game of ‘I Bet I Can Find a Video Interview [...]

Review of the Day: The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales By Chris Van Allsburg and more Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $24.99 ISBN: 978-0547548104 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 25, 2011 Chris Van Allsburg has always been the Rod Serling of the children’s literary world. Of that there can be no question. With no other author, [...]

Video Sunday: The Thrilla in Vermilion

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I was pleased to see that CNN provided a quick look at 826Valencia (the first of the 826 tutoring centers around the country), quick though it might be.  I do wish it offered some more practical advice on finding tutoring for kids, which is not an easy thing to do.  Still, it’s a good start.  [...]

Video Sunday: Enter favorite Monty Python sketch title here

Circumnavigated

Jules over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast alerted me to this trailer and her timing was good as I was just beginning the book myself.  This will prove to be one of the more interesting titles of the year.  It is, you see, divisive.  Some folks already adore it, and I’ve encountered a few [...]