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Fusenews: Gleep!

BecauseDaddyLovesYou

Durn.  This is what I get for not doing a Fusenews in a while.  A whole plethora of good stuff!  Let’s see what we can use up in a single day, eh? For the record, if you haven’t read these Hunger Games comics (in the style of Kate Beaton, no?) then now’s the time.  They’re [...]

The Hunger Games Film: For Your Consideration

So last week my husband and I got around to finally seeing The Hunger Games like the rest of the country.  We hadn’t seen a children’s book adaptation since Hugo, a movie we were both fairly meh about.  Hunger Games was a far cry from the realm of Selznick, though.  Where Hugo appeared to be [...]

Fusenews: Don’t blink. You may miss it.

HungerGamesGarden

No picture available (the one on the left here is from a rather fabulous video) but word on the street has it that there’s to be a Hunger Games Barbie doll.  So there’s the expected outcry, of course, but I’m thinking this one through. First off, Barbies are the number one most tortured dolls in [...]

Fusenews: If Henry James says it’s wrong I don’t wanna be right

Papersculpture1

I swear that every time my computer goes on the fritz I feel like I’m walking underwater for days on end while it’s in the shop.  I can’t do email effectively, I can’t update Goodreads, I can’t do anything without feeling like it’s all fake until that little laptop is returned to my knees where [...]

Fusenews: “whimsically apocalyptic”

As I’m sure many of you heard Jan Berenstain, half of The Berenstain Bears, passed away recently. The Gothamist called us up at NYPL and wondered if we had any Berenstain goodies in our collection. We don’t but we knew who did. You can read their obit here. The SLJ obit is also well worth [...]

Video Sunday: Sleepy post-Thanksgiving posting

HungerGamesTrailer

Missed posting this last week.  Those Peacekeepers really look spot on, don’t they?  We’ll see how it goes but this trailer gives us a sense that The Hunger Games may be worth watching.  Would have liked to see a little Haymitch, of course. So!  We never filmed the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at NYPL, but [...]

Fusenews: A Very Young Blogger

CNLemonTootyStickI

Anne McCaffrey passed away yesterday at the age of 85.  I have linked to the io9 obituary because the title mentions her book The Ship Who Sang which was a great favorite of my mother’s back in the day.  I was more of a Dragonriders of Pern fan myself.  I have a very clear memory [...]

Video Sunday: Bluebeard ain’t too shabby either

FrenchPop-Up

Morning, everyone!  While exploring various French children’s literature blogs earlier this week I stumbled across this remarkable little book trailer for a pop-up book.  Love the children’s literature references, though I admit to being baffled by the inclusion of Madame Butterfly.  Ah well. I did also notice a movie trailer of some sort coming out [...]

Video Sunday: Hey, you like Turkish Delight as much as I do

JaneGoodall

Oh, wow.  Just . . . wow.  Some of you may already be aware of the Boogie Woogie blog, run by author/illustrator Aaron Zenz and his three kids.  The fact that it may be the best blog out there in which kids participate in the discussion of children’s literature is evidenced by nothing so much [...]

Fusenews: Your source for any and all Gene Wilder trivia

Iknowhere

Well, first things first!  The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Awards were handed out two days ago, and at long last I can finally tell you the winners.  These awards are given out to new authors and illustrators of children’s books with no more than three books to their names that “portray [...]

Video Sunday: Enter favorite Monty Python sketch title here

Circumnavigated

Jules over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast alerted me to this trailer and her timing was good as I was just beginning the book myself.  This will prove to be one of the more interesting titles of the year.  It is, you see, divisive.  Some folks already adore it, and I’ve encountered a few [...]

Fusenews: ‘Arf a mo’!

BeSomeoneElse1

Matt’s been reading this WWI epic graphic novel called Charley’s War by Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun where the British soldiers keep going around saying the phrase ‘arf a mo’.  We didn’t understand what it meant until we put on some awful faux-British accents of our own.  Then it made sense.  Anyway . . . [...]

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, [...]

Fusenews: Quoth the kitten “Get some more”.

bookworm

I guess that there’s a mild irony to the fact that while I’ll write up anyone’s literary event if I’m able to attend, if I help to throw the darn things myself then suddenly I clam up. For example, with the possible exception of the blogger panel I had two years ago, I don’t think [...]

Fusenews: “No important books have been injured during the making of any of these photographs.”

BookArt1

Well the big news to come out of last week was the announcement of the titles that will be appearing on SLJ’s 2011 Battle of the Kids’ Books.  If you are unfamiliar with this event, each year sixteen books and around fifteen judges are selected by Battle Commanders Monica Edinger and Roxanne Feldman with input [...]