Fusenews: The Brave Little Wiki
Just some quickies here today, folks.
Good news. I have a new addiction in my life. The kind of thing that could easily eat up full hours of my day without so much as a blink on my part. Recently I’ve been submitting my blogged reviews, ALL my blogged reviews, to the Children’s Literature Wiki, as started by Kelly Herold lo these many months ago. I’ve always wanted a single easily searchable place to keep track of all the books I’ve reviewed over the years, and now at last I have found it. The Wiki collects all the reviews of children’s/YA literary bloggers out there. If you’ve reviewed something, anything, you can post a link from this site. Even better, I discovered the Contributing Bloggers page. From there, it didn’t take much finagling to turn my name into a nice little page of reviews. I’ve only posted the February titles so far, but I fully intend to fill that page up with every review of mine from over the years. I encourage you other bloggers out there to do the same. It certainly beats having to Google myself whenever I want to find a review I did a year or two ago. It’s addictive, though. Veeeeeeery addictive.
If you would like to see a Flickr page used for good instead of evil, hi thee ho hence and check out the selection of images coming from Dan Goodsell of Mr. Toast fame. His series of Mary Blair images (she was a children’s illustrator, amongst other things) is worth the price of admission alone.
I am under the impression that I may be the only person in America who truly appreciate the raw weirdness and nonsensical ravings of that most obscure of Disney animated films The Brave Little Toaster. I was thinking about that Where the Wild Things movie that may or may not get made, and about children’s films that buck the trends and have quiet moments of weirdness in them. Ladies and gentlemen, this movie is perhaps the strangest animated feature you will ever see. I used to show it to the kids I’d babysit when I was a teen, and I can only hope that it warped those young minds into great acts of creativity and trend bucking. With a cast that included Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman doing a Jack Nicholson/Peter Lorre imitation, and everyone’s favorite Tony the Tiger/You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch singer Thurl Ravenscroft (best. name. ever.) it is the oddest thing to come out of 1987. Go watch it. It’ll blow your mind.
MotherReader would like you all to take a gander at her piece in ForeWord Magazine, if you’d be so kind. It’s called I Am Magic (And So Can You!) with apologies to Stephen Colbert. Go. Scoot.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy 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.
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