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Fusenews: Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of Garbage Pail Kids and kings . . .

SholaMuppets

Happy Monday to you!  You want the goods?  I’ve got the goods.  Or, at the very least, a smattering of interesting ephemera.  Let’s do this thing.   First and foremost, you may have noticed the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were announced.  The BGHB Awards are some of the strangest in the biz since they encompass […]

Video Sunday: Hello, Darkness, My Old Friend

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Today we begin with something depressing (happy Sunday, everybody!). On April 4th, all of five days ago, the lovely blog Geekmom (which appears to be an offshoot of Geekdad) premiered the new Adam Rex / Mac Barnett book trailer for their upcoming picture book How This Book Was Made. When you see this trailer you […]

Video Sunday: Wind’s in the East . . .

LostFound

Fun stuff.  Looks a lot like Harry Potter to a certain extent (mood, lighting, music, etc.).  It’s the trailer for Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link! A bit of an older video here.  In my travels recently I discovered that the entirety of the Oliver Jeffers short film version […]

Fusenews: The bumps on the tongue just add insult to injury

BadKittyBaca

Good morning, campers!  Are we ironing out the last of the holiday season from our socks?  Are we eyeing our decorations with a jaded eye?  Well, wonderful news!  2016 is on the horizon and I bring you news of the peppy variety.  Packed deep in snow, no less, since I appear to be living in […]

Theatrical Reviews: The Snow Queen

SnowQueenMusical

I was trying to remember the last theater review I wrote for this site.  At first I thought it might be the review I did way way back in the day for the staged adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline where the main character was played by a heavyset middle aged woman (it worked quite well, […]

Video Sunday: Ninjas, Snow Queens, and Faux Flash Mobs

Shout-out to my buddy Haddon Kime.  The man wrote the music and lyrics for a new musical version of The Snow Queen now playing at the San Jose Repertory Theatre with dreams of Broadway.  Years ago he created the opening music and words for my now long dead podcast.  It’s great seeing his star on the […]

Fusenews: Pretty sneaky, sis.

Mr.LegoTiger

I have a sister.  Did you know that?  Tis true.  She’s not a librarian and her interest in children’s literature pretty much begins and ends with me, which is probably why she hasn’t come up before.  One thing she is?  Crafty.  Crafty as all get out.  And the kicker is that she’s just started this […]

Video Sunday: Gingerbread houses, red carpets, and virtual toilet paper

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How do, folks.  Well, as you might have heard, this past ALA Caldecott/Newbery/Wilder Banquet saw me interviewing hoards of famous people alongside the multi-talented Jim Averbeck and partner-in-crime Kristin Clark.  Those videos have now all appeared online at a single solitary location: Kidlit Red Carpet.  It is very unfortunate that my interview with Laura Rodgers […]

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

WillemsRoker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTG1UG2vIdo&feature=embed 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 […]

Fusenews: “At 13 Bad Literature . . .”

SnowyDay

Things are wet in NYC these days.  We’ve been experiencing a great deal of rainfall this past spring, a fact that gives me a strange sense of comfort.  I can’t help but think this might be my first year here in town where all the fountains are on in all the parks this summer.  I […]

Video Sunday: The Happy Mother’s Day Edition (Warning: Contains no mom-related material)

Happy Mother’s Day! It was Monica Edinger who alerted me to the fact that fresh on the heels of the Matilda musical is an upcoming British production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  She has the details and directed me to this truly unfair let’s-not-give-anything-away teaser trailer. This introduction is a bit better. You know […]

Fusenews: Warning – May contain fancy dancy footwear

OwlMoon

Morning, folks.  Bird here.  Seems this book I’ve written with fellow bloggers Peter Sieruta of Collecting Children’s Books and Jules Danielson of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast is in the last stages of completion.  Fun With Copyedits is the name of the game this week, which means that my blogging may suffer a tad here […]

Review of the Day – Matilda: The Musical

MatildaBook

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 […]

Fusenews: Harumphing my amens

WingedKey

Not sure how long I’ll get to keep calling my little news items “Fusenews” since the Fuse network, hitherto not a problem in my sphere, has just decided to call their news program, you guessed it, Fuse News.  But really, who am I to complain?  It’s a kicky little term. So!  The 2012 Cybils Awards […]

Video Sunday: Steampunk rodentia

Sendak

Now this is really neat.  There’s a series called BOOKD through THINKR (apparently E’s are considered gauche these days) that will take a topic and really go into it with a panel of experts.  In this particular case the question is whether or not you should re-read Charlotte’s Web.  Author Bruce Coville and teacher/blogger/author Monica […]