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Review of the Day: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

RulesofSummer

Rules of Summer By Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-63912-5 Ages 4 and up On shelves April 29th When I was a young teen my favorite book was Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. Steeped in Bradbury’s nostalgia for his youth, I was in the throes of adolescence, probably on [...]

Video Sunday: “He cried at the BEGINNING of Old Yeller”

CookieMonster

It’s always wonderful when I run across a video that declares to me MAKE ME THE FIRST ONE IN THE VIDEO SUNDAY POST!  But when I heard that Shaun Tan has a new book coming out on what appears to be April 24th of this year called Rules of Summer, it was just a matter [...]

Fusenews: Rules of Summer in November

RulesofSummer

As you read this I am winging my way to Chicago, IL.  Land of Great Lakes, windy winds, and hot dogs that carry unconscionable stigmas for logical edible combinations (ketchup ONLY works on hot dogs, people).  Blogging, if my schedule is to be believed, is due to be a bit spotty for the next few [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #65: The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)

Arrival

#65 The Arrival by Shaun Tan 30 points This book is Epic. It doesn’t just “tell” an immigrant’s story, it magically (or I suppose, skillfully) brings us INTO the very experience. – Aaron Zenz Because it’s a richly imagined, beautifully rendered, wordless graphic narrative of immigration, dislocation, and hope. – Phillip Nel #68 then. #65 [...]

Fusenews: Zap! Pow! Zam! (Zam?)

adele-simon

Ruh-roh.  I’ve been having too much fun earning a living to leave enough time for blogging.  Time yet again for a super quickie point-by-point-without-the-details Fusenews!  Hold onto your hats . . . Who are the artists overlooked by the Caldecott?  Elizabeth Bluemle has the scoop. An East Harlem bookstore needs your help! Thanks to Heather [...]

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: Love to eat them mousies. Mousies what I love to eat.

BeatrixPottercake

I feel like the White Rabbit here.  No time, no time!  We’ll have to do this round-up of Fusenews in a quick quick fashion then.  Forgive the brevity!  It may be the soul of wit but it is really not my preferred strength.  In brief, then! First, I want this book to exist: Dean Trippe, [...]

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Winner Thoughts and Fancies

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By now, I’m sure you already heard that Shaun Tan, amazing creator behind The Arrival, Tales from Outer Suburbia, and so on and such, was this year’s recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.  Why should you care?  Well apart from the fact that it’s always nice to see genius rewarded, there is the small [...]

Video Sunday: Oscar Edition

LostThing

Tonight, if you’re anything like myself, you’ll be cuddling up to a big bowl of popcorn to watch the Academy Awards get handed out.  This year the animated short films are where you can find the most familiar name in children’s literature.  First and foremost would have to be Shaun Tan (of The Arrival and [...]

Fusenews: I’m lovin’ it

edgar

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 [...]

Video Sunday: Hullo?

LostThing

Julie Fortenberry, I kiss your tiny feet.  I’ve known for years that Shaun Tan had been transferring his efforts from books to filmmaking, but I’d not seen the fruits of his or anyone else’s labor.  Now we have a trailer for his remarkable The Lost Thing.  My sole regret is that there is nowhere for [...]

Video Sunday: Ba Ba Ba Ba Baaaaa

Tan

Recently Neil Gaiman and Shaun Tan sat down at the Sydney Opera House to discuss their work.  The result is a series of interviews on the opera house’s website.  I once was speaking to a musician about Shaun Tan and offered the fellow his contact information when Gaiman swoops over and says that not only [...]

Review of the Day: Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan

TalesOuterSuburbia

Tales from Outer Suburbia By Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine (an imprint of Scholastic Books) $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-05587-1 Ages 9 and up February 1, 2009 On the face of it, I’m an inadequate reviewer for Shaun Tan. When you review a book for kids, what do you do? You take that little book, you pick [...]