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Video Sunday: The Lord of the Jello

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Morning, folks.  What’s that?  Why, yes. Yes, I would like to watch this video about Nathan Hale’s newest GN The Underground Abductor. Thank you! Seems to me the man has lucked out in terms of timing too. With people rallying to put Ms. Tubman on the $20 bill, it is now vastly important to learn […]

Video Sunday: From Argentina to Germany, It’s a Worldwide Trip!

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Happy Easter, folks!  Tis a bonny Easter Video Sunday . . . . not really.  One of these videos does show a bunny at one point, though.  Can YOU find it?  The answer is at the end of this post. First up, my co-writer Jules Danielson was in town recently and managed to get herself […]

Fusenews: Starring the World’s Creepiest Cat in the Hat!


Here in New York we’re getting very excited.  The 90-Second Film Festival is coming!!  And soon too!  Here’s a PW interview with James Kennedy about the festival and for those of you in the NYC area you can see it at NYPL on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00 p.m. In fact, now that I think […]

Fusenews: Private jet, please


First up, my little sister.  My daughter recently had her third birthday so my sis came up with a craft involving what she calls Do It Yourself Cupcakes. Each cupcake sported a teeny tiny cover of one of my child’s favorite books.  Then we took them to her daycare where she delightedly set about pointing […]

You thought you got good stuff for Christmas? Beat this!

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Well, the Bird family had a lovely Christmas down in old Atlanta, GA.  We didn’t lose any offspring either going there or back again, so I consider that a win.  And the presents!  Whether it was the Matilda soundtrack (yes, I’m a million years old and still request CDs as presents) or the collected Pogo […]

Fusenews: Like a common peasant


They say that there are more children’s book authors and illustrators in Brooklyn than any other city in the nation.  How appropriate then that they should be the ones behind the inaugural Atlantic Avenue Children’s Literature Contest.  The rules are simple: If you have never written a published children’s book then you are eligible.  You […]

Fusenews: Mysterious Edges, Heroic Worlds


Well sir, it’s a heckuva week.  Book stuff is happening out the wazoo, but for a moment I’d like to concentrate on what else is going on in the wider children’s literary world.  What say we Fusenews it up a bit, eh? Of course there’s no way to begin today without a hat tip to […]

Review of the Day: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales (One Dead Spy & Big Bad Ironclad) by Nathan Hale


Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! By Nathan Hale Amulet (an imprint of Abrams) $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-419700396-6 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0395-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now If you should find that you share your name with a Revolutionary War Hero you have various ways of making use of that […]

Fusenews: The P.D. Eastman Influence


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 […]

Fusenews: I’m lovin’ it


New York, she is so snowy these days!  I’ve lived in this pleasant burg roundabout six years, by my count, but this is the first winter where the weather decided to bring back memories of my Michiganian (Michigander? Michiganolian?) youth.  Well, a good Fusenews is the perfect solution for any snowy day.  On to the […]

Fusenews: Fight fight, inner light. Kill, Quakers, Kill!*


Well, kids, here’s the deal.  While I’d love to tell you that I won’t be blogging for the next few days or so because I’ll be at the Kidlitcon in Minnesota this weekend, truth be told the real reason for my sporadic bursts is that it’s my 10-year college reunion and I am in the […]

Review of the Day: Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale


Rapunzel’s Revenge By Shannon Hale and Dean Hale Illustrated by Nathan Hale Bloomsbury $18.99 ISBN: 978-1599900704 Ages 10 and up On shelves now A popular novelist may be prone to looking at the whole of their oeuvre. They consider their past works, look to the future, and decide to write a graphic novel. What makes […]