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Fusenews: On Beyond Flummoxed

In a weird way, Twitter sort of made my Fusenews posts this side of obsolete.  If you want cool things to see online it’s often just a case of knowing whom to follow.  And yet I love my little Fusenews.  Pressed as I am for time today, let’s pretend that these are little tweets:

Pinterest continues to remain a strange elusive creation that I have a hard time wrapping my head around.  Fortunately sometimes it will do something like post images from William Steig’s Agony in the Kindergarten (circa 195o) and all at once everything is clear. Thanks to Alex Penfold for the link.

And while you’re looking at vast numbers of images, why not look at this collection of international children’s art.  Purdy.  Thanks to Warren Truitt for the link.

Adrienne says, “I Can’t Imagine There Was Ever a Time in Which This Version of Little Red Riding Hood Wasn’t Creepy.” I don’t quite know what she means since I haven’t yet seen the . . . GAAAAAHHHHH!!!

  • I want a new Leslie Connor middle grade novel for kids and I want it now now now now now. (This is called “baiting the universe” and should only be attempted under the strictest of circumstances.)
  • Was anyone else aware that Thomas Locker died this year, or just BookMoot?  First I’ve heard of it.  Shoot.
  • As per usual, the best round-up of the year is happening at Chicken Spaghetti.  If you want to see every last Best Of list printed for 2012 books, seek ye no further.
  • Speaking of Best Of lists, I am not usually flummoxed by the books folks pick.  I like to think that on the children’s side I see almost everything.  So imagine my flummoxing when I check out the 100 Scope Notes Top 20 Children’s Books of 2012 and find that #20 is a book I have NEVER heard of before!?!  I am tongue-tied, stopped, and otherwise befuddled.  You win this round, Jonker, but I shall have my revenge!!
  • The Bookbug children’s bookstore in Kalamazoo, Michigan does many things right.  But most recently they managed to make this remarkable little fellow:

Don’t try to buy him for your holiday shopping, though.  Apparently to make it you need to get “many different packages of legos from several different vendors.”  Worth it.

  • You know how weird it was when they redid Spiderman with an all-new cast?  Yup.  Well, hold onto your hats, folks.  A children’s book is getting yet another reworking as well. From Cynopsis Kids:

Columbia looks to Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, which he also directed, and the upcoming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) to write a new big screen adaptation of Jumanji, based on Chris van Allsburg’s 1981 book of the same name, per THRMatt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) will produce the new Jumanji movie. Joe Johnston directed the 1995 feature film incarnation of Jumanji, which starred Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst.

  • Daily Image:

There is a giant swing installation somewhere in New York City right now.  You walk in, you sit, and you swing.

I may have missed the Columbus Circle installation but by gum I am finding this one!  Thanks to Crooked House for the heads up.

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. Hey Betsy, You are on my mailing list so I KNOW you got notice of the Locker Service we had at the gallery. But we will be having a major Memorial Retrospective of his work March 2013 on the yahrzeit (anniversary) of his death. For those interested in an invite, just let me know.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Ah! How right you are, Rich. I think I picked up on the retrospective without quite realizing what a retrospective actually means. Somehow the “Memorial” part went in one ear and out the other. Thanks for including this info!

  2. I have to say that I have always LOVED your Fusenews entries, and even with Twitter, sometimes somebody will just retweet a link and I won’t realize it’s worth checking out until you mention it and give me reason to, and sometimes even when I HAVE already seen a link, it’s good to have it here in one place where I can find it again if I need to! So thanks for them, and I appreciate your hard work!

  3. Bugbug is where I buy most of my books! Nice to see this mention!

  4. I LOVE your Fusenews and hardly ever use Twitter. Phil Greenberg, faux cousin and longtime friend and neighbor is the photographer of the swing show photos from the NY Times.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Wow! Such an outpouring of support! This is all very good to know. The Fusenews stays then!

  5. Add me to the roster of FuseNews lovers. I don’t use Twitter at all, and I look forward to FuseNews in the same way some kids look forward to Christmas (but it happen more often! YAY). Mind you, I love A Fuse#8 Production in its entirety, but FuseNews? Extra special.

  6. FuseNews always makes me very happy in the number of fascinating links you provide. I don’t use Twitter and would miss out on all this without your FuseNews.

  7. I am a lurker of FuseNews and I look forward to my daily fix of whatever it is Fuse #8 has to offer – the links, the unrelatedness of interesting links. There are times that your links lead me so far astray…. I don’t twitter!