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Giving Scaredy New Reasons to Fear: A Gingerbread House Extravaganza (With Some Shrinky Dinks for Spice!)

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The jolly gift of the season, for me, is to have friends with oodles, sheer oodles, of talent just ah-flowing out of their gills (so to speak).  Last year I posted about how some buddies and I got together to make Shrinky-Dink Christmas ornaments (which, in turn, led to Shrinky-Dink Caldecott jewelry later in the [...]

Video Sunday: Just Call Me Old Softy

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Okay, so I have to ask.  What is up with various members of The Decemberists and children’s literature these days?  First lead singer Colin Meloy writes a fantasy novel.  Now Jenny Conlee helps compose a score for a stage adaptation of Matt Phelan’s The Storm in the Barn playing at The Oregon Children’s Theater.  You’ve [...]

Fusenews: A Very Young Blogger

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Anne McCaffrey passed away yesterday at the age of 85.  I have linked to the io9 obituary because the title mentions her book The Ship Who Sang which was a great favorite of my mother’s back in the day.  I was more of a Dragonriders of Pern fan myself.  I have a very clear memory [...]

Review of the Day: Around the World by Matt Phelan

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Around the World By Matt Phelan Candlewick Press $24.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-3619-7 Ages 9 and up On shelves October 11, 2011 Book phenomenons are something, aren’t they? Get the right writer and they can use words alone to inspire people to do the craziest things. Whether it’s Wizard Rock or standing on docks to find out [...]

Now let us praise famous jacket artists – 2010

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Due to the sheer proliferation of book jackets featuring photographs rather than illustrations, I think the time is right to offer a little ode of praise to our brave illustrators who work so hard to give us great illustrated chapter book covers.  In an age when it feels like all the teen covers are dedicated [...]

Review of the Day – Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter

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Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook By Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter Illustrated by Matt Phelan Roaring Brook Press (a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-628-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I was child writer. Which is to say, I was one of those kids who wrote endless stories between the ages of nine [...]