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Fusenews: Avada ke-dairy

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I have never, in all my livelong days, been so proud of an illustrator.  And Mary Engelbreit at that.  For someone as well-established as she is the decision to create and sell a print with all proceeds going to the Michael Brown Jr. Memorial Fund, which supports the family of Michael Brown, the Missouri teenager [...]

Fusenews: Let the wild (mind the gap) rumpus start!

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Sometimes I do a little ALA Youth Media Awards wrap-up after all is said and done, but since Lori Ess and I were able to have our say immediately following the awards announcements, I feel like I’ve covered my bases.  Moving on! Lest one be so caught up in the thrilling hullabaloo of the ALA [...]

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

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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

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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: “I’ve promised it to Publishers’ Monthly”

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See now, this is what I get for waiting when I see a good video.  I’ve been doing my Video Sundays a little less frequently since I like to do them when the content is primo.  The flipside is that sometimes I get scooped.  Such is the case with today’s video.  It is a delight [...]

Review of the Day – All the Wrong Questions: “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket

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All the Wrong Questions: “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” By Lemony Snicket Illustrated by Seth Little, Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-12308-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 24th Last year I was running a bookgroup for kids, ages 9-12, when the subject of children’s books adapted into films came up. We talked about [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #48: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

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#48 The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (1999) 43 points Also brought me a huge list of new readers – boys and girls and teachers loved to read them out loud to the class. – Cheryl Phillips I’m a Snicket girl, loving the play with wit and words in this Series of Unfortunate Events. – [...]

Video Sunday: I’m gonna give you some terrible thrills

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So I’m at a lovely Little Brown librarian preview earlier this week and the first special guest star of the day turns out to be none other than Daniel Handler a.k.a. Lemony Snicket.  A resident of San Francisco, I wasn’t sure why he was in town.  Turns out, he was on Rachel Maddow’s show talking [...]

Fusenews: “Even books meant to put kids to sleep should give them strange dreams.”

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Sharp-eyed spotters in the children’s book realm caught site of an interesting little something in the Kidlitosphere this week: An honest-to-gosh manifesto.  Not a manifesto of a nefarious nature, mind, but one that begins with the conversation starter, “We are tired of hearing the picture book is in trouble, and tired of pretending it is [...]

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, [...]

Fusenews: Hand me my smelling salts! I think I have the vapors!

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There was a kerfuffle this weekend.  Did you notice?  It was a YA kerfuffle, which I generally tend to avoid, but sometimes inanity makes for good blogging.  And nothing was quite as inane as the recent Wall Street Journal article Darkness Too Visible.  The gist: My goodness, my gracious, have you seen what kids are [...]

SLJ’s 2011 Day of Dialog: “The best thing about being a writer is that you have readers” – Katherine Paterson

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So let’s get a grasp on what exactly it is I’m talking about here.  Day of Dialog.  A day when School Library Journal and roughly 1.5 billion children’s book publishers (read: 16, give or take) get together and attendees (who are mostly children’s librarians and children’s booksellers) get to witness a variety of interesting panels [...]

Fusenews: As one does

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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 [...]

I’ve Been to a Marvelous Party

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With Noonoo and Nada and Nell… No. Wait. Scratch that.  But I have been to a couple of marvelous parties as of late.  Under normal circumstances I don’t mention them all that often, but this week I’ll make an exception.  [Note: If you don't like party posts, avoid this one at all costs.  Even if [...]