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Fusenews: Abundant Smart Cookies

TreatiesTrenches

Oh, what fun we shall have now that the weather is better.  Here in New York spring sprang yesterday and all the New Yorkers, as one, exhaled in relief.  We are perfectly aware that it can’t last (can anything?) but we’re enjoying it while we can.  So sit back and glue your eyes to a [...]

Fusenews: You’re freaking me out, Colin!

SecretGarden

I don’t think I’ll shock anyone out there when I reveal that I adore webcomic artist Kate Beaton’s work more than life itself.  This past Christmas my husband and I exchanged identical gifts that both turned out to be Hark, A Vagrant! calendars for the coming year.  The fact that I ever got a chance [...]

A Children’s Book Fever Dream: Compounding Awesome Upon Awesome

TheScieszkaStare

There are some days when you are so utterly floored by delight that all you can do is throw up your hands and say to the universe, “I’m out!”  That was yesterday.  I’m out, folks.  I hit the top.  It’s all downhill from here.  And I’m so young!  It’s sad when you peak at 34. [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #53: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

GraveyardBook

#53 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008) 39 points The first line is one of the best booktalks ever. I’ve never had a kid turn it away. – Heather Christensen This story has it all- adventure, ghosts, murder, memorable characters, and a hero we can’t help but love! – Gina Detate Another relatively recent [...]

Fusenews: The Jack Gantos / Alfred E. Newman Connection

JeffersWallpaper

And then it’s February.  How the heckedy heck did that happen?  Looks like 2012 is already establishing itself as the Blink and You’ll Miss It year.  Well, let’s get to it then. First and foremost was the announcement of Battle of the Books 2012.  Or, as I like to think of it, the place where [...]

Video Sunday: Best fake children’s book title – “There’s a Rainbow in My Basement”

SendakPilobolus

Yesterday we had a fabulous Children’s Literary Salon at the library with Jules Feiffer, Laurie Keller, Nick Bruel, and Dave Roman.  Afterwards we swapped stories and someone started to tell me that once Maurice Sendak paired with the Pilobolus Dance Theater for a theatrical presentation.  And since this is the 21st -century I was able [...]

Video Sunday: “Roddy Doyle: National Institution”

13Clocks

Must . . . steal . . . this . . . idea  . . . . NOW! David Maybury, for those of us on this side of the pond, dubs himself a “Children’s Book Commentator” and has a swell blog worth discovering.  New life goal: To become him. Achockablog, words do not suffice to [...]

Video Sunday: I’m gonna give you some terrible thrills

Maddow

So I’m at a lovely Little Brown librarian preview earlier this week and the first special guest star of the day turns out to be none other than Daniel Handler a.k.a. Lemony Snicket.  A resident of San Francisco, I wasn’t sure why he was in town.  Turns out, he was on Rachel Maddow’s show talking [...]

Video Sunday: Weirdly supple crystal balls

ReadingBook

Oh good. Now we have a rallying cry. Bonus.  Thanks to Maureen Johnson for the link. Travis at 100 Scope Notes recently discovered the author video cache to beat all author video caches.  As he puts it “I challenge you to a good ol’ fashioned game of ‘I Bet I Can Find a Video Interview [...]

Fusenews: Horton hears too much. He must be dealt with.

GaimanQuote

As you may have heard, last week author William Sleator passed away.  I met him once during the Midwinter ALA Conference in Philadelphia.  He was part of an Abrams brunch in which librarians munched on food and spoke to various authors.  I was pleased to get Mr. Sleator’s autograph on a book for a friend [...]

Video Sunday: Now with more monkeys

GraveyardBook

First off, today I’d be amiss if I did not direct you to submit your favorite book trailers to the SLJ Trailee Awards.*  If you’ve a favorite trailer that was posted between the dates of July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, SLJ wants to hear about it.  Think back through all the book trailers [...]

Fusenews: Now with more Sprog

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In brief . . . Yeah. I thought it was an Onion headline too:  Werner Herzog reads potty-mouthed bedtime audiobook.  I think that’s overseas, though.  Here in the U.S. we got someone else. That’s a good headline.  This one’s not bad either: Children’s author ejected from plane for bad language.  Strange thing is, it says [...]

Video Sunday: “And to prove it she bisected three young tourists from Utrecht”

JoanofArc

Can’t tell you my relief when I realized that this was entirely on-topic.  I have Educating Alice to thank for this.  I listened to the video first and found myself thinking, “That sounds like Neil Gaiman.”  And then, “That singing voice sounds, in fact, PRECISELY like Neil Gaiman.”  Well, it is.  The creator of this [...]

Video Sunday: Delicious Bee-Meat

Gaiman

Well, that was satisfying.  For those of you unfamiliar with the James Kennedy/Neil Gaiman “feud” (and I use that term loosely) this video may work best with a little background.  You see, I first became acquainted with the YA author of The Order of Odd Fish when he wrote this remarkable screed entitled America, Emulate [...]

Video Sunday: “The only consolation is, you’re gonna die quickly with a Kindle.”

Gareth

I was pleased to hear that the nuptials of Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer have at long last taken place.  Apparently Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) played the accordion.  Just prior to that, however, Palmer and Gaiman and some friends made this little ode to Henson’s Labyrinth (which some will tell you is based on Sendak’s [...]