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A Fuse #8 Production
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Fusenews: Paddington V. Pooh (supporters could call themselves marmalites and hunnies)

AaronZenz

You folks have been awfully good about my recent shoddy blogging, so I tip my hat in your general direction.  Jules of 7-Imp and I are putting the final touches on our book for Candlewick editing-wise and, as you might imagine, it eats up large swaths of time like an irate and hungry badger.  There [...]

Fusenews: Though to be fair, who ever heard of harmFUL spitballing?

4WayPolarization

Howdy-do, folks.  Today I am off to the Yonkers Library to participate in a Charles Dickens panel with some experts in the field.  Why me?  I don’t precisely know but I’m honored to be asked.  Plus the train ride will allow me to read my new Lemony Snicket book (this would be the children’s literature [...]

Fusenews: Answer – The Horse

SassyClock

The laptop of my infinite sadness continues to remain broken which wrecks a certain special kind of havoc with my gray cells.  To distract myself, I plunge headlong into the silliest news of the week.  Let’s see if there’s anything here to console a battered Bird brain (something tells me that didn’t come out sounding [...]

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: A Very Young Blogger

CNLemonTootyStickI

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 [...]

Fusenews: “Even books meant to put kids to sleep should give them strange dreams.”

penguinsweaters

Sharp-eyed spotters in the children’s book realm caught site of an interesting little something in the Kidlitosphere this week: An honest-to-gosh manifesto.  Not a manifesto of a nefarious nature, mind, but one that begins with the conversation starter, “We are tired of hearing the picture book is in trouble, and tired of pretending it is [...]

Fusenews: “I’m not trading my beef jerky for your edamame.”

DiaryManlyKid

This may have to qualify for this month’s Best Thing Ever. You know Jon Scieszka?  Great guy.  Has two kids as it happens.  Casey and Jake.  Good guys.  Adults.  Now along with Steven Weinberg (who wrote To Timbuktu with Casey) the trio has created Diary of a Manly Kid.  Pretty much what it sounds like [...]

Fusenews: The Caldecott Killer

AndreNorton1

The other day I spoke on the phone with author James Cross Giblin.

Fusenews: “Think Old Testament Noel Coward”

Apps

All right.  Enough with Italy and all that.  Let’s get back into the swing of things here.  I feel like Fusenewsing it up and ain’t nuthin’ but nuthin’ gonna stop me.  And trust me, there were a couple things I missed while I was gone.  Like, say, April Fool’s Day.  Remember that this time last [...]

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: “The Hardy boys were tense with a realization of their peril.”

HarryPotterWall

So I’m reading through my weekly edition of AL Direct and I notice that no matter what worldwide occurrence takes place, librarians are always there. Whether it’s damage to two libraries in Egypt, stories from the librarians in Christchurch, New Zealand, or how the Wisconsin Library Association delayed Library Legislative Day due to the protests, [...]

Fusenews: If it has Jeffrey Tambor in it, it’s gotta be good!

givingtree

Boy, I picked the wrong week to go about putting off my regular Fusenews.  What we’ve got here is a veritable fusey newsy pile-up.  I shall endeavor to separate the wheat from the chaff, but no guarantees it’ll actually work.  Let us see what all I’m able to pack in for today then: Lucky ducks! [...]

Fusenews: Give it what you’ve got

eastofthesun

James Preller has an idea.  An awesome idea.  We’ve all heard that boys are reading far less than girls these days.  To combat this lack of laddie reading, folks have come up with booklists or websites or what have you to inspire the male masses to pick up a book.  Preller, however, has taken a [...]

It’s Kind of a Funny Story Story

vizzini1

Got a treat for you kiddos today.  You may have seen that charming It’s Kind of a Funny Story movie trailer they’ve been showing in front of films these day. Anyway, this film is based on a teen novel by Ned Vizzini.  And Mr. Vizzini, believe it or not, once spoke on a Children’s Literary [...]

Fusenews: Of gigs and dreck

bookscouting11

Comic book bloggers and children’s literature bloggers are two sides of the same coin.  Our interests often run parallel.  The degree to which the academic world regards us is fairly similar (though admittedly we get to have Norton Anthologies while they are sorely lacking any such distinction).  I don’t read my comic book blogs as [...]