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Fusenews: Private jet, please

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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 [...]

Fusenews: Blink and you’ll miss it

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Hey all!  Before I dive into the oddities of the world in which we live, I just wanted to give a bit of a shout out to two distinct groups that allowed me to sprawl my librarian self all over their respective gatherings.  First up, credit and love to Nancy Castaldo and all the folks [...]

Video Sunday: Itching powder out of rose hips and other Dahlian artifacts

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I forget how many years ago it was, but in the not so distant past (I’m going to go out on a limb and say it was 2009) I had the pleasure of hosting children’s author and storyteller Carman Agra Deedy in my Children’s Center.  Talk about a storyteller!  She will hold you riveted from [...]

Video Sunday: “… drawing and doodling is a form of physicalized empathy” – Mo Willems

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Oh, like I was going to start off with anything else this week.  Dahl was robbed! During BEA, one of the women of the hour was our own Monica Edinger (who blogged about the experience here).  Her upcoming book Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad is so remarkable that it is physically [...]

Review of the Day – Matilda: The Musical

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I do more than books from time to time. On Tuesday night I had a bit of a treat.  Something I’d been looking forward to for years and years was finally within my grasp.  You see, a couple years ago my opera singer friend Meredith went to a performance of a musical in Stratford-on-Avon and [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #30: Matilda by Roald Dahl

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#30 Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988) 58 points I loved that Dahl wrote completely for children. A kid reading Dahl knows he can make something or be someone or do something, no matter what anyone else around him says or does. – Heather Christensen It just wouldn’t be right to make a list like this [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #61: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

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#61 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964) 34 points An underdog named Charlie set loose in a magical chocolate factory with a bunch of selfish, spoiled kids just asking for some cosmic justice: now that’s my kind of story. Dahl is the master of the absurd detail, such as the fact that [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #81: The Witches by Roald Dahl

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#81 The Witches by Roald Dahl (1983) 24 points Now here then is a book that I remember very well from my old childhood.  It’s strange that when kids ask me for books that are scary (but not too scary) that this doesn’t immediately pop into my brain.  It wasn’t just that The Witches had [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #88: The BFG by Roald Dahl

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#88 The BFG by Roald Dahl (1982) 22 points A return by an old friend.  Previously appearing on this list at #54, Dahl’s later classic sinks to a not terrible #88.  Does that mean that other Dahls that have not been on this list before will make an appearance? Only time will tell . . [...]

Video Sunday: Arrr! Tis Captain Jack David Small!

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Writing huts!  We all have them.  And by “all” I mean “Laurie Halse Anderson”.  But famous authors of the past also have had magnificent writing huts and one of them belonged to Roald Dahl.  Now Dahl’s granddaughter Sophie is leading a fund-raiser to restore and relocate the hut.  I would think she need only appeal [...]

Fusenews: Haggis and Hash Browns

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Happy Labor Day!  I’ve no special post of my own but I know someone who has created the ultimate list of Labor Songs. That would be Professor Phil Nel and at this point I’ve only seen the first of three posts but it is truly fantastic.  For one thing, he includes Moxy Früvous on his [...]

Video Sunday: Now with less commentary!

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Yup. I’m still on vacation.  Soaking in the Shakespeare while I can, since the next few years are going to consist of remarkably few syllables (see: baby).  So here are a couple videos I’ve had shaking around for a while but never was able to fit into a post before.  Enjoy, enjoy! First, some kids [...]

Fusenews: Hunting the snark

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After posting a video from the episode of Community where Troy meets his hero LeVar Burton I got a penchant for a little Reading Rainbow.  The universe, it appears, was happy to oblige.  First off you have a woman that I would love to meet one day.  If the name Twila Liggett fails to ring [...]

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

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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 [...]

Fusenews: The broken motel sign adds a nice touch too

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Oh man.  Sometimes I just don’t manage to keep up with all the news.  Lightning fast round today, folks!  Keep up if you can. A show of hands.  How many of you knew that the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU was hosting, in conjunction with the Institute of African American Affairs, a [...]