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Fusenews: Quoth Walter Cronkite – “Eloise has been kidnapped”

I’m quick and slick and blogging like a . . . like a . . . like a woman who can’t come up with a third rhyme!  Doggone it . . .


Look at this guy with this book doing his business like it ain’t no thing.  You go, man, go!


If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “But what does Betsy really think of Tasha Tudor?” the answer on the Dream Gardens podcast may surprise you. Turns out, she did my favorite childhood picture book.  It’s all in the cupcakes, baby.


The best thing you’re read all day? Quite probably.  It’s the official Muggle Studies 101 exhibit from Princeton University. Which is to say, Dana Sheridan is a genius.  Here’s a taste of what I mean:




Do you like it when bookstores or libraries do the old “face book” trick, holding up titles to their noggins?  Well, I have news for you. The French are better at this game than we are.


I knew the Eric Carle Museum had an Eloise exhibit up and running.  Sure.  Old news. What I did NOT know was the story behind the Eloise painting heist of 1960.  How has this tale eluded me until now?!?


When Picture Book People Get Political we get good articles like this one.


Remember when I kept talking about all this amazing Chinese imports from a new company called Candied Plums?  Remember when it turned out they run into trouble with their American distributor and we couldn’t get the books.  Well never fear. They’re here via Ingram, Baker & Taylor,, as well as Books A Million.


Author James Preller has been blogging almost as long as I have and he has this keen interview series worth discovering.  Today it’s 5 Questions with Susan Verde, Author of The Water Princess.


Did you hear about Catalyst Press, the new indie publisher that’s publishing contemporary African literature?  No word on whether or not they’ll expand and do children’s books as well, but a gal can dream, can’t she?


Economic disparity is one of those topics I’m always seeking in my children’s books. A strong round of applause to Julie Danielson for her post More Than One Kind of Mirror, highlighting some imported picture books that get the topic exactly right.


Daily Image:

Have I shown you my latest avatar?  I am currently apoplectic with joy over an upcoming picture book called Accident by Andrea Tsurumi.  I’ll speak more on the topic later but suffice to say, this owl has become my one and only.  I only hope she’ll deign to teach me her ways:


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. In 4 years of countless visits to daughter’s college (Hampshire), I never once made it to the museum. What a shame.

  2. Thanks for the link! I like to see economic disparity covered in picture books too. We don’t see it often in American picture books. I want to compile a list one day of (American) titles that have done so. Now, if I can only find Hermione’s Time-Turner.