Fusenews: Super Quick Bits of Nuthin’
I’m behind in my Tidbits. Tidbits are a weird combination of quickie blogging and oddly time consuming linking. I think I’m an inefficient tidbitter. Should someone be conducting a How To Tidbit class, sign me up pronto. And by the way, is the word "pronto" old-fashioned? Someone told me it was the other day but I’m not so sure they’re right about that.
Who says that only boys read Mad Magazine? I’ll have you know that I was an avid Mad reader and even tried my hand at Cracked for a while (it didn’t take). This past Sunday the New York Times had a lovely Mad fold-in feature from the 1960s to today. Unfortunately it requires the latest version of Flash, which my laptop is lacking. Sure, I could download it, but in the immortal words of Homer Simpson, "30 seconds? But I want it NOW!"
The website Dark Horizons had a lot of lovely April Fool’s Day posts on its site yesterday (Zack Efron starring in a Step Up sequel called Step Up for Your Rights, was my personal favorite). One news item that was not a joke, however, was a very exciting update on the filmed production of Philip Reeve’s Larklight. "Shekhar Kapur (‘Elizabeth’) has signed on to develop and direct the $200 million period fantasy ‘Larklight’ for Di Novi Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter." That’s right. $200 million. And as a huge fan of the book, I couldn’t be more pleased. Let’s see how it does in the long run.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, Kelly over at Big A little a has a great piece up right now on literary dealbreakers in children’s literature. "…which books make you think twice about people who say these books are their favorite children’s books?" The comment feature includes the usual Triumvirate of Mediocrity (copyright, Jane Yolen), alongside some new "friends". Well worth a peek.
And in case you missed it yesterday, I wasn’t the only one involved in getting some good April Fool’s work out there. Collecting Children’s Books had one heckuva post about Ramona Quimby, complete with actual images and everything. I love it when someone puts a little work into this sort of thing. Well done, sir.
Finally, First Second is declaring May to be Vampire Month. Mostly because May is the least Gothic month out there. And look at the widdle graphic they conjured up.
Awwwww. Ain’t it sweet? And look! They even have vampire activities in PDF form for librarians to help them celebrate. Precious.
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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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