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Video Sunday: “One floating duck does not a children’s book make”

AliceVideo

I’ll confess to you that I think I just discovered the secret to Video Sunday.  If I “Favorite” videos I see in Twitter throughout the week I end up having a MUCH stronger series than if I’d just scouted them out on my own.  Phew!  Happy to know there’s a secret there. Now in the [...]

Review of the Day: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

NightGardener

The Night Gardener By Jonathan Auxier Illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-1144-2 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 20th For whatever reason, 2014 is a dark year in children’s middle grade fiction. I speak from experience. Fantasy in particular has been steeped in a kind of thoughtful [...]

Fusenews: “. . . his hunger was a writhing and a hissing thing”

HungryCaterpillarCake

Happy President’s Day! We’ve a lot of worthy links today but I’m going to begin with one that was sent to me by Dan Berenberg and that I’ve been enjoying ever since.  Beginning with a caveat, Dan wrote to me and said, “You’ve probably been sent this by a ton of people already, but this [...]

Fusenews: “Peppa Pig is likely to fall into American hands”

GiantTalkingHead

SLJ represent!  Though I could not attend this year’s KidLitCon (the annual conference of children’s and YA bloggers) many others did and they have all posted links to their recaps of the event here.  So while I could not be present, fellow SLJ blogger Liz Burns of Tea Cozy showed up and has a fabulous [...]

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: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

PeterNimble

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes By Jonathan Auxier Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0025-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 1st. What is the most telling difference between those works of children’s literature written long ago and those written today? Pose this question to a room full of children’s librarians and I [...]

Fusenews: Terms we can live without = Young-young Adult

Bologna

Amusing. I wrote an article for SLJ about the Bologna Book Fair and why librarians should attend in droves.  I was unprepared for some of the formatting choices on the piece, though.  The title Betsy Goes to Bologna caught me off guard, though it’s certainly true.  But it was the art created for the piece [...]

Fusenews: Love to eat them mousies. Mousies what I love to eat.

BeatrixPottercake

I feel like the White Rabbit here.  No time, no time!  We’ll have to do this round-up of Fusenews in a quick quick fashion then.  Forgive the brevity!  It may be the soul of wit but it is really not my preferred strength.  In brief, then! First, I want this book to exist: Dean Trippe, [...]

Fusenews: As one does

NancyDrew

I am writing this post today around 9 p.m. on Sunday.  As such, many of you will read this, knowing full well who the Newbery and Caldecott winners are.  I will be a little behind you in this respect.  Amusingly, I realized too late that I scheduled my latest sonogram for the PRECISE moment the [...]