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Video Sunday: One Video Short

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Been a while, hasn’t it?  Well, better late than never.  And you probably get a better level of quality videos if there’s a month’s gap, eh? Today we begin with the video of the week.  The Wall Street Journal released this article about Brian Selznick’s puppeteering work on his own book trailer.  For me, it’s […]

Video Sunday: La la la!

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Morning, folks.  We’ve a good store of goodies this morning, and I’m pleased as punch to give them to you.  First up, a short film.  A very short film, actually.  I’ve spoken in the past on how Hollywood views children’s writers and the creation of children’s books.  This film seems to believe that children’s books […]

Fusenews: Don’t Let the Pigeon Shoot First

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Hi-ho, folks. As the Newbery draws nigh thoughts of winners and legitimacy surface. Consider the case of Cece Bell’s El Deafo, a graphic novel that is also a great joy. Does it have a chance? Monica Edinger at educating alice makes a strong case in its favor. Another debate was held over at Heavy Medal […]

Fusenews: Bemoaning, Lamenting, and Generally Carrying On

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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 . . .

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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?”

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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

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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

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTG1UG2vIdo&feature=embed 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 […]

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.”

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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

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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

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#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

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#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 […]