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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

I’m the Lord of the Flies of Children’s Literary Blogs!

  • They say that life imitates art.  So what happens when life precedes art by a month or so?  I recently read and greatly enjoyed N.D. Wilson’s upcoming fantasy novel 100 Cupboards, due on shelves everywhere in December.  If Mr. Wilson’s name sounds familiar that may be because I’ve been pumping up his Leepike Ridge with all the power my noodle-like arms will allow.  Back to 100 Cupboads, then.  In this novel a man decides to sell tumbleweeds on the Internet to people who will pay big money for them.  He does so on eBay for a time but eventually loses his bidders because someone else in the world is willing to offer certification that their tumbleweeds are better.  Pretty silly, eh?  Well, somebody let Mr. Wilson know that a piece came over the AP today, and it’s all about a woman who sells her own tumbleweeds.  Because his new book hasn’t come out yet, few will find the correlation all that interesting.  You better go out and read 100 Cupboards when it hits bookshelves just to make sure, though.

  • Ever wanted to smell like your favorite character?  Who hasn’t?  Yes, the line between fiction and reality grows more and more tenuous with every passing day. Accompanying a picture that looks like what would happen if Neil Gaiman was midway through morphing into Alan Rickman, we have a full range of American Gods scents. It boggles the mind, does it not? Think of the applications above and beyond Mr. Gaiman. What if you could smell like Mrs. Coulter? Or dabble in a bit of Twilight? Just think of this: Edward Cullen body spray. Oh, like someone isn’t already working on that. Honestly. Thanks to Susan Moorhead for the link.

  • From Cynopsis Kids: "With David Yates set to return to direct Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, he helmed this year’s HP and the Order of the Phoenix. The cast will include two noted actors Jim Broadbent who will play Horace Slughorn, the Potions Professor, while Helen McCrory takes on the role of Narcissa "Cissy" Malfoy, mother of Draco Malfoy, who is described as having a look on her face as if she there was something smelly under her nose. The cast will also feature a number of young newcomers. Additionally, Bruno Delbonnel comes to the Harry Potter movie, serving as Director of Photography."

McCrory, should you wonder, played Tony Blair’s wife in The Queen.

  • You know that people have gotten serious about creating graphic novels for children when people like Francoise Mouly get in on the act.  Ms. Mouly is the wife of Art Spiegelman and just happens to also be the New Yorker’s art director too.  I had the pleasure of hearing about her newest creation, TOON Books, at the CBC party last week, but was advised to zippa me lips until the official announcement was made.  Essentially, it’s easy reader comic books.  A quick flash through my own personal memory drives and I realized all too quickly that these are sort of lacking in the libraries of America.  You’ve got your Babymouse, your Owly (wordless, mind), but for stuff along the lines of Frog and Toad, you’re up a tree.  The books may be nice.  I got a chance to glimpse at Agnes Rosenstiehl’s Silly Lilly and it reminded me of nothing so much as Little Nemo meets Harvey Comics. In a good way.

Speaking of Shaken & Stirred links:

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I always had my suspicions.  Perhaps I’ll indulge in more SAT words in my spare time.  Guess I should make it required reading for my homeschooler bookgroup too.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Monica Edinger says:

    Took me a second reading to get your subject heading! Are there still junior highs anyway? I went to the long-gone Hanley Junior High (in University City, MO) eons before you were even born and yep, we read Lord of the Flies.

  2. Dunno. I attended my own in the early 90s, so I assume that there must be some. Go South Middle School (Kalamazoo, MI)! Ironically, I never actually read Lord of the Flies. In fact, I can’t remember reading much of anything in middle school (though I know I must have) aside from some of the books in the Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card. Maybe The Outsiders. But it sounds like so much fun to call yourself The Lord of the Flies, so I went with it.

  3. Susan Thomsen says:

    There is also a series of beginning reader comics called “Phonics Comics,” which is published by Innovative Kids, a company in CT. They’re pretty popular at my son’s elementary school library, even with the older kids. You’ll find a link if you Google “Phonics Comics.”

  4. Don’t feel bad, Fuse– is Junior High, as well.

  5. carterbham says:

    How is it possible that Linda Urban’s “A Crooked Kind of Perfect” didn’t make the SLJ list?

  6. You and your literary perfumes! I actually ordered the “Paperback” perfume from Demeter (plus a few others) and it actually is quite delightful. In case you were wondering.

  7. I was wondering, actually! How good of you to let me know. Literary perfumes are the oddest of the oddities out there, and I’m always up for blogging about them. Perfume is so odd anyway. Perfume with a purpose? That much more peculiar. Thanks for letting me know about Paperback.

  8. Myself, I recommend layering Demeter’s Wet Garden and Funeral Home.