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Fusenews: Boom!

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It’s always the filler.  I have this little file where I jot down ideas for posts on days when my brain is mush, and most recently I jotted down the old “casual diversity” question a friend asked me once.  Figured it would make for a good quickie blog post and then I’d be on my [...]

Video Sunday: At the speed of light, she arrives just in time . . .

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Some weeks can go by without a single solitary interesting video in sight.  Other weeks, you drown in brilliance.  This week inclines far more towards the latter than the former. I could not lead off today with anything other than the latest bit of Bookie Woogie brilliance.  You keened to their 90-second rendition of Where [...]

Review of the Day: Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

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Flora and Ulysses By Kate DiCamillo Illustrated by K.G. Campbell Candlewick Press ISBN: 978-0-7636-6742-5 $17.99 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 24th I like a bit of subtlety with my “meaning”. What I mean by that is that when I pick up a book for kids, it’s tough on me, as a reader, to go through [...]

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 Children’s Novels #20: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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#20 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (2000) 81 points Because of Winn Dixie was my #1 pick the first time you did the chapter book poll; in the time since, no other book has threatened to overtake its place as my favorite chapter book of all time. It’s one of the greatest dog stories [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #51: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

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#51 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo (2003) 41 points The perfect modern day fairytale. I also love how she broke the fourth wall and addressed the reader directly. – Amy Miele Charming, engaging, lovely, imaginative, and a great [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #59: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

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#59 The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (2006) 36 points poignant, tender, lovely like the Velveteen Rabbit and a great read aloud – Charlotte Burrows This deceptively skinny book is full of big ideas: love lost and gained, changing yourself over time and people coming into and out of your life leaving [...]

Video Sunday: Weirdly supple crystal balls

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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, [...]

Review of the Day: Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

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Bink and Gollie By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee Illustrated by Tony Fucile Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-3266-3 Ages 6-8 On shelves September 14th I eye Bink and Gollie across the room with a slow reptilian stare. I yell at it, “I refuse to be charmed by you!” I throw a shoe. Bink and Gollie, [...]