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October 2, 2014

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Book Trailer Premiere – Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom by Dan Yaccarino

Book Trailer Premiere – Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom by Dan Yaccarino

Today I am pleased as punch to premiere the brand spankin’ new book trailer for Dan Yaccarino’s middel grade novel debut Zorgoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom (say that five times fast – I dare you).  The video captures humor, pathos, and angry mushrooms.  In other words, everything that makes life worth living. Enjoy

Fusenews: Avada ke-dairy

Fusenews: Avada ke-dairy

I have never, in all my livelong days, been so proud of an illustrator.  And Mary Engelbreit at that.  For someone as well-established as she is the decision to create and sell a print with all proceeds going to the Michael Brown Jr. Memorial Fund, which supports the family of Michael Brown, the Missouri teenager [...]

Press Release Fun: Tour the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Press Release Fun: Tour the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Believe it or not, this year marks the 50th Anniversary of Roald Dahl’s beloved CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. This September, Penguin is celebrating with a week long Skype Tour of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre! On the Skype tour: •       The Roald Dahl Museum’s Education Manager will lead your group [...]

Historical Kids: What the HECK is Going On With Nonfiction Bios These Days?

Maybe it’s Common Core.  Maybe not.  I’m not always quite certain how far to place the blame in these cases.  However you look at it, children’s nonfiction bios are getting weird these days.  In some ways it’s quite remarkable.  I’m the first one to say that nonfiction for kids is better now than it has [...]

Video Sunday: “Luke, I Am Your Father” (in a manner of speaking)

Video Sunday: “Luke,  I Am Your Father” (in a manner of speaking)

I’m a chick who loves Star Wars.  I’m not ashamed of the fact.  Feminist icon Princess Leia?  I can get behind that (gold bikini or no).  So when I saw a galley for that AMAZING Star Wars children’s book coming out with art from the original concept artist Ralph McQuarrie, I was blown away.  Here, [...]

Press Release Fun: Thalia’s Book Club at Symphony Space

Press Release Fun: Thalia’s Book Club at Symphony Space

Celebrate Reading This Fall with Thalia Kids’ Book Club at Symphony Space The always popular Thalia Kids’ Book Club includes lively discussions between top children’s book authors and their fans, with special guests and a behind-the-scenes look at how books are written and produced. The interactive series is co-presented with the Bank Street Bookstore. For [...]

Review of the Day: El Deafo by Cece Bell

Review of the Day: El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo By Cece Bell Amulet (an imprint of Abrams) $21.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-1020-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 2nd We appear to exist in a golden age of children’s graphic novel memoirs. Which is to say, there are three of them out this year (El Deafo, Sisters, and The Dumbest Idea Ever). How to account [...]

Books to Films – Coming Soon so Be Prepared!

Books to Films – Coming Soon so Be Prepared!

The advantage of having a bookstore in the library is when it has a tendency towards brilliance.  Take this recent list the employees of the Schwarzman Building of NYPL came up with.  I can take no credit for this.  It’s just smart stuff (and very useful for my ordering as well).  With mild tweaks on [...]

Video Sunday: Sneaky Peek Edition

Video Sunday: Sneaky Peek Edition

Currently I am maxing and relaxing in Stratford, Ontario enjoying a play or two.  Just kidding.  By my calculations what I’m actually doing as you read this is driving hell-for-leather out of Canada back to New York City while seated in a rental car’s back seat next to a 3-year-old and a 13-week-old.  For hours.  [...]

Fusenews: “… by her mouth there was a scar”

Fusenews: “… by her mouth there was a scar”

Okay.  So we’re still in the thick of book promotion here.  As such, I’ll be taking a trip to my home state on Saturday.  Yup!  It’s a Michigan appearance at Book Beat, the bookstore beloved of my deceased co-writer Peter Sieruta.  The Oakland Press did a nice little write up of what’s to come and [...]

Film Review: The Giver

Film Review: The Giver

[SPOILER ALERT: This whole review pretty gives away every plot point in both the book and film versions of The Giver.  Abandon ship all ye who wish to remain surprised.] On Sunday night I had an extraordinary experience.  I was sitting in a theater, just about to watch Guardians of the Galaxy, and seeing what [...]

Review of Day: The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee by Barry Jonsberg

Review of Day: The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee by Barry Jonsberg

The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee By Barry Jonsberg Chronicle Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4521-3351-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 9th It often takes a while to figure out when you’re falling in love with a book. A book is a risk. You’re judging it from page one onward, informed by your own personal prejudices and [...]

Video Sunday: “I’m a Reno Sweeney bunny!”

Video Sunday: “I’m a Reno Sweeney bunny!”

There was a time when I worked in the main branch of NYPL with the big old stone lions out front.  No longer.  These days I work at BookOps, a dual entity that encompasses both NYPL and Brooklyn Public  Library.  And in my workplace there is a great and grand and massively impressive sorting machine.  [...]

The State of Children’s Literary Blogs Today (Prepare to Update Your Blogroll)

As you may or may not have heard the offices of School Library Journal moved/are moving to a new location here in NYC.  As such, a fair number of folks have been cleaning house.  One such person wrote me an email letting me know that they had extra copies of “my” SLJ issue and they [...]

Fusenews: This. That. Those. (A Trilogy)

Fusenews: This. That. Those. (A Trilogy)

As per usual there are some Wild Things links I’d love to share today.  Lemme see here . . . Well we got a real stunner of a review over at Chapter 16.  That’s some good and gorgeous stuff going down there. Phil Nel called us “Punchy, lively, and carefully researched.”   The blog The [...]

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . .

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . .

And by “you’ve all” I mean “me”. Yes, today marks the official release of my book co-written with Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta, Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature!!  To celebrate we’re engaged in a blog tour.  Head on over to 100 Scope Notes for our first post in which we are grilled [...]

Review of the Day – Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy by Icinori

Review of the Day – Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy by Icinori

Issun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy By Icinori Little Gestalten ISBN: 978-3-89955-718-3 $19.95 Ages 4-8 On shelves now In the past, determining a bias in the publication of folk and fairytales was a fairly straightforward business. Too many European maids of hair as fair as the silk of corn on your shelves? Bias. But now we’re [...]

Press Release Fun: James River Writers Conference returning in October

Press Release Fun: James River Writers Conference returning in October

JAMES RIVER WRITERS CONFERENCE RETURNING FOR 12TH YEAR WITH IMPRESSIVE LINEUP OF SPEAKERS, WORKSHOPS Registration is open for one of Virginia’s most popular events for writers   RICHMOND, Va. – What do New York Times bestselling authors, literary agents and award-winning illustrators have in common? They’re all going to be networking and sharing a wealth [...]

Wikipedia, Amelia Bedelia, and Our Responsibility Regarding Online Sources

Wikipedia, Amelia Bedelia, and Our Responsibility Regarding Online Sources

When I was a children’s librarian with NYPL’s Children’s Center at 42nd Street I conducted a lot of class visits with older kids (ages 9-12, usually).  Sometimes these would be groups of kids learning how to do research using the library’s resources.  For them I covered the usual databases and image library stuff, but also [...]

Review of the Day: S is for Sea Glass by Richard Michelson

Review of the Day: S is for Sea Glass by Richard Michelson

S is for Sea Glass By Richard Michelson Illustrated by Doris Ettlinger Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 978-1585368624 $15.95 Ages 3-8 On shelves now Every small publisher needs a staple. Something to keep them going through hard times. Years ago Sleeping Bear Press hit on the notion of writing books with the [letter] is for [word] [...]