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Fusenews: Now with more Sprog

In brief . . .

Yeah. I thought it was an Onion headline too:  Werner Herzog reads potty-mouthed bedtime audiobook.  I think that’s overseas, though.  Here in the U.S. we got someone else.

That’s a good headline.  This one’s not bad either: Children’s author ejected from plane for bad language.  Strange thing is, it says the fellow in question (a New Yorker) has a book for kids due out this August.  Can’t find any evidence of this on Amazon, though.  Hmmmmm.  Thanks to Jennifer Schultz for the link.

  • Author Lisa Yee recently came to town for BEA.  While here, she met with a veritable TON of folks, including myself.  For an image of me balancing a Peep on my once massive belly, her blog is the place to be.
  • I love the Twin Cities, particularly when their schools offer fun free courses for kids on making their own books.  Thanks to Monica Edinger for the link!
  • Twitter rumor: Due to a recent exchange between Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex, it sure as heck sounds like Rex has illustrated a book by Gaiman with a target audience of 2-year-olds.  I am now officially a gossip columnist, am I not?
  • I love me those Boogie Woogie kids.  Best blog of kids reviewing children’s books out there.  Now they’ve done review #100 and they want to accept nominations for their next review.  More info here.
  • Eliot Schrefer is a member of my children’s writing group.  Right now he’s penning a really impressive YA novel about bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  So how does one research such a book?  Go there!  Eliot has a great blog up right now that is currently following him on his trip.
  • I was intending to go this awesome event for Tomi Ungerer last week before, y’know. Labor.  Guess I’ll live vicariously through Rocco Staino’s interview with the great man on SLJ instead.  Boy it’s a great piece, though.
  • Salem Press has a series called the Salem Library Blog Awards.  It’s a great little series and I really like the different categories.  Particularly since one of the winners is SLJ’s own Joyce Valenza over at Neverending Search.
  • Interviewing Norton Juster is nothing new.  But the interview with AV Club is pretty cool in and of itself.
  • Sprog Watch:

My brother calls her The Sprog.  Having read that babies like to detect patterns I decided to test that theory myself.

Nothing yet.  That’s The Game of Patterns by Herve Tullet.  It’s a strange little title.  The small Bird isn’t impressed yet.  Give it time.

  • Daily Image:

They say it’s a coffee table based on the woodsman in Little Red Cap.  Sure.  Why not?

Thanks to BoingBoing for the link.

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. I love that table! It would be such a …disturbing little conversation starter.

    I looked all over to hear Herzog reading that silly book – no luck finding it yet. I really want to hear the angst in his cultured tones; somehow Jackson just sounds like he’s going to start announcing there are snakes…

    Wee Oiseau might be more impressed with the patterns in the book if she hadn’t already deciphered the patterns in her bouncy chair, and checked out the stripes on Mama Bird’s blouse…

  2. Those widdle teenie feet and head, too cute! Love the Toss and Snap on the bad promo blog!

  3. “I am now officially a gossip columnist, am I not?”

    Uh oh. Does this mean we’ll start seeing Blind Items?

    Your daughter’s name is lovely-saw it mentioned in the commnents on a previous post.

  4. We love Julia Donaldson at my library! I don’t think I’ve ever read the Gruffalo, bad me, but we really like What the Ladybug Heard and Fish who cried Wolf.

  5. Marie Rutkoski says

    That table doesn’t look child-friendly…at first I thought the polls of those axes were, in fact, bump guards to protect little heads from corners, but no!

  6. Ohhh! She’s so sweet and tiny! Pictures! More pictures!

    Though the coffee table picture is slightly incongruous after the Sprog picture. NOT a piece of furniture you’d probably want in a home with a baby. I’m just saying.

  7. What did mothers do before the internet was around to validate their life choices?

  8. What did people do before the Internet allowed them to be rude from a safe, anonymous distance?