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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Marzipan Pig by Russell Hoban, ill. Quentin Blake

This week I attempt to break Kate’s brain with a sweet little fever dream of a book. If you like your children’s literature weird, have I gotta book for you!

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas by Russell and Lillian Hoban

We have found it. The Christmas picture book that perfectly encapsulates what we’re feeling in 2020.

Discovered in the Archives: An Interview with Russell Hoban (2010)

When blogs were new and hip and happening, there was a push for everybody to have one. Librarians, publishers, authors, artists, you name it. So in the early part of the 21st century a slew of publisher blogs came into being. Sometimes these came from individual imprints. Sometimes small publishers. Sometimes from the big houses […]

Fusenews: Eat Your Heart Out, “Awful Library Books”

As a librarian I know that reading aloud to children is necessary for their growth and development. And I know that periodically new parents that happen to be writers in other fields will come to children’s books through their offspring and suddenly be overwhelmed with the importance of reading. In cases such as these they […]

Video Sunday: Steampunk rodentia

Now this is really neat.  There’s a series called BOOKD through THINKR (apparently E’s are considered gauche these days) that will take a topic and really go into it with a panel of experts.  In this particular case the question is whether or not you should re-read Charlotte’s Web.  Author Bruce Coville and teacher/blogger/author Monica […]

Top 100 Picture Books #27: Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban

#27 Bread and James for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1964) 57 points My mom and I laughed so hard when we read this to my little sister. One of my favorite childhood memories. – Martha Sherod I loved all the Frances books and can only choose this as favorite by a […]

Top 100 Picture Books #67: Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Garth Williams

#67 Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Garth Williams (1960) 28 points It doesn’t get better than this. Great pictures, good story, good “moral” (but not preachy). – Laurie Zaepfel For every parent who has tried to get a child to sleep, and for every child who has tried to go to sleep. […]

Fusenews: Hubba wha?

Oh!  This is very sad news.  Russell Hoban, the genius behind the Frances books (Bread & Jam for Frances, etc.) as well as older titles like The Mouse and His Child (relatively recently re-illustrated by David Small) has died.  Perhaps appropriate for the season he was also the genius behind Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, a […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Why is a raven like a writing desk?*   More on topic, how is a bad query sent to an editor like a personal ad?  Last April The Rejectionist sought to answer this very question in Love is Like a Bottle of Query and I couldn’t help but figure that it would make a superb Valentine’s […]

Video Sunday: For a Nancy Drew fan it was a dream come true

When I worked in the Jefferson Market Library, round about five years ago, we showed filmstrips every Thursday.  Now these were actual strips of film.  Films that had been in the library’s collection for who knows how many decades.  So in 2005 I was typing out carbons (true) and sending them to our central media […]

Fusenews: “I’m no mollycoddle, I have skin!”

Matt doesn’t blog on Saturdays.  And to be fair, I’m not certain that the average reader is as interested in blogs on the weekend as they might be during the week.  That said, I know a fair number of you are librarians and that a fair number of you are also probably stuck at work […]