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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

The True, the Cut, the Unedited . . .

So as I may have mentioned there’s a l’il ole book of mine coming out on August 5th by the name of Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature.  Co-written with Jules Danielson (of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) and the late great Peter Sieruta (Collecting Children’s Books) it’s a peek into the stories behind the stories we all love.

How does one properly celebrate such a book?  By showing you the cutting room floor, of course.

Consider this a Director’s Cut look at the book.  Together Jules and I have concocted a nifty little website where you can read our reviews and blurbs, check out our tour dates, and other nifty things.  The real lure, however, is our blog on the site.

Together, for every day until our release date, Jules and I will reveal a story that didn’t make it into our book.  Ever wondered how Charles Dickens really felt about Hans Christian Andersen?  What are some of the worst school visits authors and illustrators in the children’s literary business have ever experienced?  And what are some of the Newbery and Caldecott Award dinner stories you haven’t heard?

Today we lift off with a preliminary post, but stay tuned ladies and gents!  It’s just gonna get better and better as we go.


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.



  2. SO looking forward to this!

  3. I think the best thing you guys can do is recycle all that you had to cut – so yay, you. The site looks crisp and fresh and professional, and this is a great idea.