Fusenews: I’m Holding Out for the Wrath of Khan Body Spray
The sheer crushing weight of preparing my Top 100 Books Poll caught me unawares. As a result the regular reviews and Fusenews you’ll find here are taking the hit. But I’ve still a little time to spend right now, so here are one or two big ole news stories from the week. The quick and dirty.
From Cynopsis Kids:
Elsewhere, Disney and IMAX Corporation unveil plans to release the feature film Alice in Wonderland , directed by Tim Burton in IMAX 3D theaters simultaneously with the film’s wide release on March 5, 2010. This is the third film confirmed out of the five-film agreement between IMAX and Disney, which was announced in 2008. Burton’s Alice in Wonderland stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and Mia Wasikowska as Alice.
Correct me if I’m wrong but . . . the White Queen? In Wonderland? Uh-oh.
- Yes, this is a statement based entirely on looks, though I would like to note that I am also taking into account the man’s contributions to literature, society, and funny Facebook videos. We clear? Good cause that Harry Bliss is one fine looking dude.
- From PW Daily:
Candlewick Signs Picture Book by Obama’s Sister
By Lynn Andriani
Candlewick Press has acquired a picture book, Ladder to the Moon , by Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Obama. Soetoro-Ng is a writer and educator with a PhD in international comparative education. Candlewick president and publisher Karen Lotz acquired the book and will also edit; Jennifer Gates at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth brokered the deal.
Ladder to the Moon imagines what lessons Soetoro-Ng’s four-year-old daughter might have learned from her grandmother (Soetoro-Ng’s and Obama’s mother) if the two had ever met. Soetoro-Ng is currently a high school teacher at an all-girls school in Hawaii; Ladder to the Moon is her first book. Candlewick has not yet determined the book’s illustrator or pub date.
- It’s hard to decide which sites were most deserving of the Best April Fool’s Day Prank Award. Collecting Children’s Books definitely had the visual look of his piece on her side (love that image). Shelf Awareness wins for most believable. And Teacher Ninja made me the subject of his post, so that was pretty sweet right there. Aw, what the heck. You’re all prankster winners!
- I got four words for you. International. Edible. Book. Festival. I don’t care about anything aside from that. It just seems to combine two of the things I love the most. Munchies and literature. Big time thanks to Tom Angleberger for the link.
- Daily Image:
Maybe it’s too random. Certainly it has nothing to do with children’s literature. But when I heard that they were making Star Trek-based cologne, I knew I had to blog it. Now I could understand the cologne Tiberius (Captain Kirk’s middle name, duh) which has the slogon the box, "To boldly go where no man has gone before" (virgins?), but this is the one that has my true love:
The motto on the box reads, "Because tomorrow may never come." Touche. Thanks to Mike Sterling’s Progressive Ruin for the link.
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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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