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Fusenews: Book Baths and Far Side – What More Could You Want in Life?

FarSide

Huh!  Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.  In spite of the sheer swaths of time I’ve had since I completed my last Fusenews, I am surprisingly bereft of information for you this week.  Whodathunkit?  Ah well.  NYC was recently hit with a bit of the old snowstorm, so while we stare mournfully at the unshovelled [...]

Fusenews: Et tu, Mike Inkpen?

AmysEyes3

New Blog Alert: There’s a CCBC blog.  Did you know that?  I didn’t know that.  I am, of course, perfectly aware that only a good 15% of my readers instantly can call to mind what CCBC even stands for.  It’s the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and for years I’ve followed ccbc-net, their listserv.  I must [...]

Fusenews: A little moly with your holy, miss?

GreenLibrary

Well a tip of the hat and an apology to Mr. Schu.  Looks like he in the guise of Babymouse came to visit me at The Children’s Center at 42nd Street located in the main branch of NYPL.  Alas, I am no longer in that location, having been picked up and dropped off in Long [...]

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 [...]

Fusenews: Mysterious Edges, Heroic Worlds

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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 [...]

Fusenews: Aw, pfui

PeterBrownCaldecott

It is WAY too late in the day for me to be only starting a Fusenews post now.  All right, guys. Looks like we’re gonna have to do today double quick time.  Sorry, but I’ve a ticking time bomb in the other room (sometimes also known as “my daughter”) and I gotsta gets to bed [...]

Fusenews: Dark fiddlers and ponymen

Garage Doors

Looks like the National Book Awards are taking a page out of the Oscars’ handbook.  Which is to say, if people like nominees for awards so much, why not give them MORE nominees?  Says PW, “In an effort to broaden the reach and impact of the National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation will select [...]

Fusenews: On Beyond Flummoxed

AgonyKindergarten

In a weird way, Twitter sort of made my Fusenews posts this side of obsolete.  If you want cool things to see online it’s often just a case of knowing whom to follow.  And yet I love my little Fusenews.  Pressed as I am for time today, let’s pretend that these are little tweets: Pinterest [...]

Fusenews: Coals to Newcastle, Pearls Before Swine, and So On and Such

BookFungus

I must apologize to you for falling down on my regular Video Sundays.  Saturday night I made the executive decision to rewatch Ghostbusters so as best to ascertain its relative awesomeness.  Conclusion: The movie continues to rock.  I was surprised to hear that the shots of the Ghostbusters in the stacks of my library were [...]

Fusenews: To lose one author may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose dozens looks like carelessness.

Aruego

At this point you just have to start throwing your hands up in the air.  Then you have to start eyeing some of the older children’s authors and illustrators who are still around with great trepidation.  We’ve been host to a SLEW of deaths already this year, but August is making May look like it [...]

Fusenews: The true ultra-violet catastrophe

BrianLiesBirdhouse

It was a bittersweet pleasure to see the vast numbers of folks out there lamenting the passing of New Zealand children’s author Margaret Mahy this week.  Just before we heard the news a discussion on the ccbc-net listserv about children’s books we’d like to see available once more echoed with person after person lamenting the [...]

Press Release Obit: Donald J. Sobol – Creator of Encyclopedia Brown

In the fall of 2011 I was contacted by the Oberlin Alumni Magazine. Oberlin had been my #3 choice of college when I was a high school senior and I wondered in the vaguest sense if they were going to try a new pitch on me. Nothing doing, they simply wanted to get a quote [...]

RIP Leo Dillon, 1933-2012

LeoDillon

As I’m sure you’ve heard the news already but in case you haven’t, yet another star in the Caldecott firmament went out.  Leo Dillon, perhaps best known as the first African-American winner of the Caldecott Award, has passed away following complications with a recent surgery.  For a recap of his history, his life with Diane, [...]

Saying Goodbye to Yet Another Legend: Jean Craighead George

JeanCraigheadGeorge

It seems natural to mention at this time the passing of Jean Craighead George, surprisingly so soon after Maurice Sendak’s demise. I’m sure I surprise no one when I say that she will be appearing on this list of top Chapter Books.  You may read her obituary in Publishers Weekly here. Also, Open Road Media [...]

Wild Thing, I Think I Loved You: Maurice Sendak 1928-2012

SendakVideo

We’ve lost one of the old guard.  One of our legends.  The fellow you could name in a crowded room and find that everyone, regardless of their age or occupation, knew in some way.  Maurice Sendak, as I’m sure we all know by now, passed away Tuesday.  While the CBC Gala celebrating the Children’s Book [...]