Fusenews: In which I finally get to use the term “man up”.
- Working with Pooh Bear is lovely. He is polite and refined. A little honey in his pot and that is all that he requires. Really, he’s the perfect working companion. But this new girl who just moved in? Ugh! Talk about a holy terror. If she’s not running helter-skelter around the building she’s dumping our new books down the nearest unused book drop to see where they go. Pooh and I have decided that we’ll just relegate her to the archivists and let THEM handle her from here on in. Let’s see what mischief she wreaks with their Gutenberg Bible. Heh heh heh.
- Speaking of NYPL, one of our librarians (the fabulous Julia Chang) was honored lately at QUITE the fundraising gala. Needless to say, I was not invited. Fortunately The New York Social Diary (yes, there really is a site called The New York Social Diary) was there to report on the event. Here are two shots of the room they presented in. It’s our Rose Reading Room converted into a . . . words fail me.
Gotta love any event where they line the walls with waiters.
- We haven’t had any pages in my children’s room for the last three weeks so my usual “professional development” (read: reading through my blogroll) has taken the hit and I almost completely missed this fabulous challenge over at Sarah Miller’s site. In Books unmasked Sarah has removed the jackets from 12 different titles. Can you identify them without their packaging? She offers additional hints here for the real toughies that remain elusive. Thanks to Laura Lutz for the heads up.
- Speaking of folks I’ve been missing, my article for SLJ couldn’t have listed 100 Scope Notes as a top blog at a better time. Travis Jonker is smokin’! This week alone he’s done such a crazy array of fascinating posts it makes me feel like a big-time slacker. Best of all, from November 9-13th he’s featuring something he’s calling Cover Week. Full details are here. It’ll be good for Chad Beckerman’s assessment of that loony Treasure Island cover alone. Cannot wait!
- From Cynopsis Kids, the worst idea I think I’ve seen in at least 24 hours:
Director/Producer Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum movies, Cheaper by the Dozen, Big Fat Liar) signs on to produce Walden Media ‘s mixed live-action/CG animated movie based on the kid books The Berenstain Bears , per USA Today . Walden Media CEO Michael Bostick says the move could release as early as late 2011. Created by author/illustrators Jan and Stan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears first appeared in the 1962 book The Big Honey Hunt , a Dr. Seuss’ Beginner Books title. There are no writers signed to pen the movie as of yet. The Berenstain Bears have been featured in 300+ books, three animated TV series and a range of animated holiday specials as well as video games.
Shawn Levy, I’m beginning to think that I do not like you.
Random Note to Readers: Has anyone seen a halfway decent non-fiction book on how to do magic tricks in the last 10 years? I’m serious. I’ve got kids CONSTANTLY begging for magic trick titles and everything on my shelf is either for five-year-olds or dates back a good 25 years. Truth be told, I’m rather fond of Ventriloquism for Beginners: A Complete Set of Lessons in the Art of Voice Magic by Douglas Houlden, but our copy (which sits directly to the right of my reference desk) is from 1976. Publishers, man up and give me my magic trick books.
Amazon, Amazon, Amazon. First I write me up a little Amazon Vine post that gets.. um. Some interest, shall we say. After the smoke has cleared, others have weighed in. It was with the greatest delight that I saw that Pixie Stix Kids has offered comments on the topic as well. This is good. Gets the old debate ah-continuing. And Amazon just can’t seem to keep its head out of the spotlight these days either. Not content with a mere Vine, MediaBistro recently reported that Amazon.com’s Twitter Program Generates Controversy. I like the points in the piece, though I should mention that it’s the first time I’ve read the term “the integrity of Twitter.” Ah well.
- Speaking of Amazon (and apparently I can do little else) they produced their list of The Best Books of 2009. Publishers Weekly did the same. Here are the only children’s books they agreed on:
- It’s no secret that I think that YA author James Kennedy is the best thing since sliced bread. Whether he’s losing to Neil Gaiman in a footrace or showing off his protegee the pipe bearing Freya, he’s never boring. Now he has a plan for his fan art. Lots of folks get fan art. Kennedy’s the one who knows what to do with it. He’s planning a crazy party and a display of fan art from all sides. So. If (A) you read The Order of Odd-Fish and (B) want to submit some art, that is cool. Apparently he’d like a mix of straight up fans and professional folks. And really, who doesn’t want to do justice to flying noggins and cockroach dandies? Check out his website for more info.
- It’s the year for time travel. Abby (the) Librarian and Melissa at Book Nut have climbed into their respective time machines so as to go back and correct the great wrongs of the past. I, for one, salute them! Particularly since it is apparent that Melissa owned the same pair of glasses between the ages of 13 and 15 as my own unfortunate self.
- Roger Sutton keeps linking to me. It’s incredibly flattering and mildly unnerving, particularly when he responds to articles I’ve written. Fortunately, he seems to like what I’ve said, as with my recent SLJ piece. On his blog, he responds to some of the questions I throw out there. He says the questions are swell and then raises a few of his own: “There’s a whole sub-genre of children’s literature that has found its best audience among the adults who serve children (The Wednesday Wars, for example); does the same thing go on among bloggers?”
- The other day I mentioned that I should really write a steampunk/zombie/vampire/angel YA novel. Apparently on the very same day the webcomic Questionable Content was thinking the exact same thought. Many thanks to Ann Carpenter for catching the similarities.
- The economy is bad. Libraries need books. If you do, you might be interested in the Usborne book giveaway contest. If you live in the U.S. just tweet to win some of their titles. Those Kane/Miller books in particular are pretty sweet.
- Daily Image:
Customizable alphabet plates.
Or, as I like to call them, extreme wishful thinking. Because really, the only way “Lily” is going to see the message that she loves broccoli is if “Lily” has already eaten said broccoli. It’s the Catch-22 of dinnertime. Thanks to Swiss Miss 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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