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Fusenews: And the tree was moderately amused


Here’s your SAT question for the day: “Making fun of The Giving Tree in a parody is to shooting fish in a barrel as . . .”  You may put your response in the comments below.  I’ve lived long enough to feel that I’ve seen every possible Giving Tree parody man or woman could imagine.  […]

Video Sunday: La la la!

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Morning, folks.  We’ve a good store of goodies this morning, and I’m pleased as punch to give them to you.  First up, a short film.  A very short film, actually.  I’ve spoken in the past on how Hollywood views children’s writers and the creation of children’s books.  This film seems to believe that children’s books […]

Fusenews: “. . . his hunger was a writhing and a hissing thing”


Happy President’s Day! We’ve a lot of worthy links today but I’m going to begin with one that was sent to me by Dan Berenberg and that I’ve been enjoying ever since.  Beginning with a caveat, Dan wrote to me and said, “You’ve probably been sent this by a ton of people already, but this […]

Top 100 Picture Books #85: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


#85 The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964) 23 points Somebody’s moving up in the world.  At last count Silverstein’s most divisive book was low at #93.  Now it has climbed the ranks to a respectable #85. And there we have it.  One of the most divisive books in children’s literature.  To my mind, you […]

Fusenews: Juggling pocket kittens


Full credit to my co-writer Jules at Seven Impossible Things for bringing my attention to this rather awesome new site.  Uncovered Cover Art calls itself a sketchbook of “reimagined children’s books”.  What that means is that artists are encouraged to submit their own interpretations of children’s book jackets.  The hope is that industry insiders would […]

Fusenews: Juice proof


Oh man.  I need to get my third Newbery/Caldecott predictions up and pronto.  Now that the Heavy Medal blog has entered the arena again you just know that the debating is about to begin.  Already I can see that I’ll have to fight tooth and nail for my beloved One Crazy Summer and that Nina […]

Fusenews: Chicken pox for the soul


We begin today with a mild pet peeve of mine.  Here we go.  You see this lovely new paperback edition cover of the book Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me?  Well I had great affection for the original story, though I was relatively lukewarm on its first cover.  […]

Video Sunday: Let’s eat peanut butter. Stop throwing those pigeons


Knowing my deep in the bones dislike of The Giving Tree (let it comfort those amongst you who like it that my husband does as well) roundabout five people sent me this Sassy Gay Friend version of the well-known story.  Can we get a Sassy Gay Friend version of Rainbow Fish next, please?  This gets […]