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Fusenews: Bemoaning, Lamenting, and Generally Carrying On

DuckDeathTulip

A stumper to begin the day. I got this message from my aunt and I simply do not know the answer. Librarians of the world, do you know? Just to clarify beforehand, the answer is unfortunately not Are Your My Mother? by P.D. Eastman: “… seeking info on a children’s book that was [a] favorite [...]

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: Gobs of authorial types (and the filling of pants with tacos)

This is probably going to be of the most interest to those of you who have an interest in comic book inking in general.  Paul Karasik, who is the head of programming for Comic Arts Brooklyn, interviewed Jeff Smith while he (the creator of the Bone graphic novel series) inked a Bone illustration for the [...]

Fusenews: “Who is Fishface, and where can I find him?”

LEGOLibrarian

Required Reading of the Day: Roger Sutton already told you to read it, and now I’m backing him up.  If you have not cast thine eyes upon Christopher Myers’s piece Young Dreamers in which he talks about the Trayvon Martin decision as well as Christopher’s own role in the world of children’s literature and the [...]

Video Sunday: Proverbial cookies happen to go very well with axiomatic milk

MoBowl

Dwell not on the fact that you were unable to attend the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet whilst your fellows caroused to all hours of the night (or so I assume . . . I left when I felt sleepy, party animal that I am). Now you can feel like you were there in the supple flesh all [...]

Video Sunday: “… drawing and doodling is a form of physicalized empathy” – Mo Willems

WillemsRoker

Oh, like I was going to start off with anything else this week.  Dahl was robbed! During BEA, one of the women of the hour was our own Monica Edinger (who blogged about the experience here).  Her upcoming book Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad is so remarkable that it is physically [...]

Fusenews: “…there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run / There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

CarleHonorsWillems

The last few days have been a blur, helped not a bit by a toddler who suddenly took it into her head that 4:45 a.m. is a perfectly reasonable time to wake up and that perfectly reasonable people should be up and about and WHY ISN’T MOMMY BEING PERFECTLY REASONABLE ABOUT THIS???? … WAAAAAAUUUUGGGGHHHH!  So [...]

Fusenews: The P.D. Eastman Influence

Crowpaperback

Hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving yesterday!  I had family in town, including my niece and brother-in-law.  Steve, the bro-in-law in question, has a kind of genius for synthesizing down P.D. Eastman books to their most essential lessons.  He’s always objected to Are You My Mother? on the basis that this baby bird is [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #3: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

PigeonBus

#3 Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (2003) 198 points Proof that temper tantrums are an art form of their own. – DaNae Leu Top three betraying my love for fourth-wall-breaking. – Robin Parry Remember when picture books never broke the 4th wall? When I read this book to students after [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #7: Knuffle Bunny, A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

KnuffleBunny

#7 Knuffle Bunny, A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems (2004) 129 points These perfect pictures of New York City complement the family tale of Daddy who is wrong, wrong, wrong, and Trixie, who is totally right, but can’t yet say words to tell him. Heartwarming and hilarious. – Diantha McBride And this is the book [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #26: We Are in a Book by Mo Willems

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#26 We Are in a Book by Mo Willems (2010) 59 points Great to read aloud. This book has a lot of emotions- humor, sadness (especially when we near the end), etc. Brings the characters to life- and teaches about the “metaphysical” on a grade school level. – Gina Detate After getting to know and [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #60: There Is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems

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#60 There Is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems (2007) 31 points I love so many of these, and so do the kids at my school. I find them reading – and acting them out – all the time, even though they’ve been read and reread and reread. And not just the youngest [...]

Video Sunday: Warning – Contains Dancing Squirrels

WrinkleTrailer

Yep.  Odds are that this may be the best book trailer ever produced for a classic work of children’s literature.  I mean, looking at it don’t you feel inclined to reread the book?  I sure as heck do.  And remember, if you want to see Lois Lowry, Madeleine L’Engle, Rebecca Stead, and R.L. Stine talk [...]

It’s Only a Matter of Time: Licensed Properties That Haven’t Made the Leap to Film

keatscharacters

I can’t pinpoint what it was that made me think of this.  In this day and age with children’s picture book characters appearing as television and movie characters every other minute, to say nothing of the new deals being made with the names of classics we all grew up with, it’s a lot easier to [...]

Video Sunday: Awesome Amateur Actor Night

Curation

Yep.  A good old-fashioned bit of library/musical theater parody.  Joyce Valenza got some students to explain curation things Broadway style.  They do a good job.  I was trying to think up other Fiddler-inspired MLIS songs but it’s tough.  20 points if you can come up with another. I like to say that writing a really [...]