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Video Sunday: Mind you, it DOES make me want to read The Olde Tobacco Shoppe . . .

BarbLangridge

Gather round me, little children, and let me tell you of a magical time when the Newbery and Caldecott winners were interviewed on NBC the day after their win in a regular annual segment.  Then twas the coming of Snookie and suddenly children’s book awards weren’t considered newsworthy any longer.  I’ve searched the airwaves to [...]

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

NationalAmbassadorDiCamillo

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 [...]

Notes from The Nonfiction Dialogue Stickler of Doom

books-stack

If you had told me as recently as a year ago that I was doomed to become The Nonfiction Dialogue Stickler of Doom (copyright pending) I would have said . . . . well, honestly I would have asked where you came up with that term.  Then, once you’d defined it (Nonfiction Dialogue Stickler of [...]

Video Sunday: And the Reading Rainbow Mash-Ups Just Keep On Coming

Broadway

There was no question in my mind which video to begin with today.  I cannot help but think that meeting Quentin Blake must be akin to meeting Roald Dahl.  The man is a living legend and this video is a true treasure.  Would that every illustrator were half so thorough when discussing the preservation, creation, [...]

Fusenews: Gleep!

BecauseDaddyLovesYou

Durn.  This is what I get for not doing a Fusenews in a while.  A whole plethora of good stuff!  Let’s see what we can use up in a single day, eh? For the record, if you haven’t read these Hunger Games comics (in the style of Kate Beaton, no?) then now’s the time.  They’re [...]

Fusenews: Printz Charming

Cybils

All right.  Test Subject A is still sleeping through the night but due to events beyond our control she has decided to go to bed two hours later than usual.  So it is 10:00 p.m. and I’m only just starting my blogging on this post.  And a Fusenews night at that?  Better slip on my [...]

Fusenews: Words, words, wonderful words

DanSantat

Though I mentioned it yesterday, I was pleased as punch to discover the recent winners of the Society of Illustrator’s Original Art.  The Gold?  It went to a plucky (and very good) little nonfiction title by the name of Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem, both written and illustrated by Rosalyn Schanzer.  [...]

Video Sunday: It’s the Robinson Crusoe bit, in case you were wondering

Andersen

This week I reviewed Anne Ursu’s Breadcrumbs, a keen look at the weirdness that is Hans Christian Andersen.  At the same time the Brit blog Playing By the Book highlighted a ballet take on the Andersen story The Most Incredible Thing.  I wasn’t able to grab the video she found but I was able to [...]

Fusenews: The YA Mafia is dead. Long live the YA Mafia.

bookcookie

Call him the Tupac Shakur of children’s books.  Or maybe that title should go to Margaret Wise Brown.  In any case, it seems that every ten years or so we get a new Shel Silverstein book or collection of poems entirely out of the blue (I’m counting Falling Up, and Runny Babbit when I say [...]

Fusenews: There’s No Such Thing as a Free Library

My husband looked at this picture of me and the guys who were part of Saturday’s NYPL Children’s Literary Cafe and said, “Those guys look kind of manly.” Yup. It’s all about the manly. Saturday I hosted Michael Rex, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Brian Floca, and Jon Scieszka (not pictured, presumably because he moves at the [...]