July 17, 2023 by Betsy Bird
"A walk down memory lane of what life was like in 1916". Not a plot forward story, exactly. Today on the podcast we examine William Steig's last book and judge how well it stands up to scrutiny.
July 8, 2019 by Betsy Bird
We are pleased as punch to introduce you to special guest star and graphic novelist, Lucy Knisely. Naturally we asked what book she'd like to do and to our infinite delight she selected one we'd never done. Today's magnificent title Shrek! We get to talk about whether or not Shrek is actually Superman, how the succulent wedding bouquet was ahead of its time, and what this book has in common with the film US.
January 21, 2019 by Betsy Bird
And we're back to the classics. So far on this podcast show, Kate and I had tackled only one William Steig (Sylvester and the Magic Pebble). I was thinking maybe we should do Shrek next, but then I thought better of it. It seems to me that there's a lot more fodder in this title.
December 18, 2012 by Betsy Bird
In a weird way, Twitter sort of made my Fusenews posts this side of obsolete. If you want cool things to see online it’s often just a case of knowing whom to follow. And yet I love my little Fusenews. Pressed as I am for time today, let’s pretend that these are little tweets: Pinterest […]
May 25, 2012 by Betsy Bird
#55 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (1969) 32 points I know a little girl who cried when she thought Sylvester would be a rock forever. I’m not sure what it says about me, but that made me love the book even more. The best books are a little scary, aren’t they? – […]
May 25, 2012 by Betsy Bird
#57 Doctor De Soto by William Steig (1982) 31 points Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is brilliant, but in this one, William Steig uses just the right amount of words and tells a wonderfully clever tale. – Sondra Eklund “Frank you berry mush” – Celia Lee Took me a second to get what Celia’s comment […]
March 1, 2012 by Betsy Bird
It was kind of a kooky idea, I admit it. I’ve seen plenty of sites where artists will reinterpret someone like Maurice Sendak in their own styles. What I wanted was something a little different. I wanted to see what would happen if great children’s book illustrators illustrated one another. If a Lobel illustrated a […]
October 3, 2011 by Betsy Bird
For the past six years now the Eric Carle Museum has hosted an annual event in New York City where authors, illustrators, editors, and more have met and mingled with the chance of bidding on great works of art, honored folks in the field, and generally supported the museum and all it entails. And for […]
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