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Fusenews: Zap! Pow! Zam! (Zam?)

adele-simon

Ruh-roh.  I’ve been having too much fun earning a living to leave enough time for blogging.  Time yet again for a super quickie point-by-point-without-the-details Fusenews!  Hold onto your hats . . . Who are the artists overlooked by the Caldecott?  Elizabeth Bluemle has the scoop. An East Harlem bookstore needs your help! Thanks to Heather [...]

Fusenews: Croquet and Pentanque (together at last)

bookdress

Maybe half a year ago I mentioned that Ms. Lucy Knisley had created a cartoon poster for the first four Harry Potter books.  Now with the final Potter movie coming out, the posters are at long last complete.  They follow the plots of the books, not the films, but the look of the characters can [...]

Video Sunday: “Dolphins! One of the smartest animals alive. Do they wear pants? No! But they wish they did, that’s just how smart they are.”

GertrudeWarner

Oh, blooming heck.  Now if you clicked on this little video image then you probably read the explanation of what it is.  If you would rather stay comfortable on this blog for the time being, however, simply know that Mo Willems created a delightful little video for this year’s Children’s Choice Awards.  Then things went [...]

Video Sunday: Life’s too short to lose an hour (daylight savings or no)

BattleofBooks

It begins!  The thing with the books and the thing with the thing.  Which, if you wish me to be slightly more coherent, roughly translates to, “It begins!  The Battle of the Kids’ Books wherein great authors go through great books to decide which ones they like the best!”  This little video is kicking everything [...]

Video Sunday: I swoop and I soar and I fly. Back up, back up

PigeonHotDog

Yes, we’re beginning today by sneakily seeking out weirdo memories from my own youth.  This week my attention was directed to that picture book version of the Peter, Paul and Mary song Puff the Magic Dragon.  It reminded me that long before Yarrow’s words were set to paper, they were appropriated for this bizarre television [...]

Video Sunday: Feast or Famine

LaneMo

Yup.  Had me bawling like a wee babe, this one.  A little disappointing to realize that no matter what the actual movie does, this fan film of a scene from The Hunger Games will probably be more moving than anything Hollywood could produce.  After all, I can’t imagine that the actual film will spend this [...]

Video Sunday: The Good, the Bad, and the Backhoe

PeterBrown

I always find it interesting to watch how different author/illustrators confront audiences.  Writing children’s books means, to some extent, that you’ve signed on to be a performer for children.  So what technique suits you best?  Do you have to rely on a chicken costume, or can you be relaxed and natural with your audience?  This [...]

Fusenews: Fun with Doppelgangers

fauxsciezka

All right.  Time to bring the smackdown on my Brooklyn colleagues.  Um . . . okay, I got one.  *ahem*  Uh, hey, Brooklyn!  Yeah, you!  The one across the river!  Your libraries are so rodent infested you’ve got raccoons in your main branch!  Aw, I’m just messing with ya, Brooklyn.  Don’t think of it as [...]

Fusenews: Areas of my expertise

BigoldHamlineclocktowerthingy

Well, folks, wish me luck. Today I give my presentation to the good people of Hamline University, and we’ll see whether or not they find my talk too short, too long, or too nerve-wracked (the smart money’s riding on the last). The weather, as it happens, is perfectly perfect here. I am, however, a little [...]