the printsource show opened in new york yesterday and P+P has recieved a few show flyers. above : new designs from paper & cloth, and below : treat & company.above : jane dixon, and below : foliage inc.below : ana romero.Display Comments Add a Comment
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i have been to ikea and managed to get a few snapshots of various textiles and products that i hadnt seen before. a particular fave was the 'malin rund' pattern shown above & below. there were also new tripp tins and 'barbro' a summer floral on curtains, aprons, placemats, and trays.Display Comments Add a Comment
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JetPens), the Platinum Carbon Desk Fountain Pen. I was very impressed by this pen the nib is very thin, the ink flows wonderfully and the the price is very affordable.
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Review: Lucrecia Guerrero. Tree of Sighs. Tempe, Ariz. : Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, ©2011. ISBN 9781931010733 1931010730 9781931010740 1931010749.
Lucrecia Guerrero’s Tree of Sighs tells a bleak story of a girl’s abject poverty and soul-wrenching misery, all the while refusing to allow Grace, or Altagracia, to give in to self pity at how hard life treats her.
One result of Guerrero’s remarkably unyielding stance is a deeply emotional story told by a nearly emotionless woman looking back on the events. Tree of Sighs is also a dazzling debut novel offering a uniquely unconventional approach to stories of lost identity, a novel that posits a warning to readers of the toll immigration and assimilation can exact on one’s soul.
Grace Sloan—a counterfeit identity, but all hers--learns right away the importance of adapting. Learning to behave keeps your face unbruised. But for Grace, avoiding punishment entails losing one’s own personality. In favor of adaptating to the ever-changing landscape, she remains wary, observant. With the world in constant flux there is no Self there. It sees, it reports, it is named Grace.
When the child escapes from rural Indiana to the streets of Dayton, Ohio, she falls in with kind people, other children living squalid damaged lives who protect the fast-adapting newcomer. Teenaged Grace keeps emotion at bay—adapt. When her descriptions of street kid sex trade get into sticky details, her voice fails to disclose even an echo of the horror she feels. Her eyes see the horror but that’s as far as she lets it in.
In a perilous transition from the street, Grace escapes into waitressing. Time flies when you’re barely surviving, and soon Grace grows into a twentysomething single woman with a job, clubbing, scoring men, playing risky and living dissatisfied. She adapts to the whim of the moment, waking up next to strange men and wondering who does crap like this?
The second-biggest adaptation of Grace’s life comes when she elects to settle down and feign romance. Grace and Teddy become a good team, building her husband’s Dream business. Back home again in Indiana, they’re a good team. Grace, denied schooling when she was enslaved, then on the streets, is smart and determined to adapt and bite into the Dream. Business thrives and he wants kids. Grace understands “kids” far differently than Teddy.
Grace carries heavy baggage from Altagracia’s former life. The fourteen year old girl blames herself for her parents’ gruesome death and welcomes the flight from Mexico, but that issue remains unresolved, along with her actual identity in this country. Then immigration amnesty arrives in 1986.
No amount of adaptation cures the husband’s shock when his Grace divulges Altagracia’s past. In the middle of the turmoil comes a message from Mexico: abuela is not dead.
Now the novel picks up lightning speed, keeping suspense at an incredibly high level. Will Grace grant Teddy the divorce or will she fight to keep her life? What will happen when Grace Thornberry confronts Altagracia’s past? Can false identitied Grace cross la frontera back into the US, especiall Add a Comment
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Because I like good picture books about art, I’m going to share two today that have caught my eye lately.
First up is The Magical Life of Mr. Renny, a picture book import from Belgian author/illustrator, Leo Timmers. Originally published in 2010 as Meneer René, we will see the first American edition, thanks to Gecko Press and translator Bill Nagelkerke, this September. (more…)Display Comments Add a Comment
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are in full swing! Last week you had the chance to test out your Olympic Games trivia knowledge. Here are the answers:
- At the 1900 Olympics in France, winners didn’t receive gold, silver, or bronze medals. Instead, they received:
c) paintings. In 1900, the Olympic Committee thought paintings were of more value than medals. And from 1912 to 1952, art competitions (with categories in architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture) were actually a part of the Olympic Games!
- The Olympics were held in London in 1908, too. But instead of lasting 17 days, they lasted:
d) 187 days. No wonder the committee waited 4 years to hold the next Olympic Games. The athletes must have needed as much recovery time as they could get!
- The oldest and youngest Olympians to ever compete were, respectively:
c) 72 years old and 10 years old. At only 10 years old, Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras was the youngest Olympian to ever compete at the 1896 Athens Olympic Games. The oldest, Oscar Swahn, won a silver medal in shooting at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp when he was 72 years and 10 months old. Wowzers!
- At the 2008 Olympic Games, China won 100 medals (including 51 gold). But did you know that for the longest time, China was medal-less? In what year did China win its first Olympic medal?
b) 1984. Since 1984, China has won 385 medals in total at the Summer Olympic Games. Talk about making up for lost time!
- Which of the following playground activities was actually once an Olympic sport?
b) Tug-of-war. Guess too many rope burns caused the committee to call it quits.
- Which pooch-related activity enjoyed 1 brief year as an Olympic event?
b) Poodle clipping. How that tests athletic ability, I will never know.
- The very first recorded Olympic Games took place in 776 BC and consisted of only 1 event (unlike this year’s 26)! And the winner was:
c) a baker. Things were definitely pretty different back then. Not only were the competitors not trained, competitive athletes, but they raced each other in the nude! Don’t think they’d allow that on television nowadays.
- The 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia were the first to be boycotted. But that’s not the only interesting fact about those Games that never happened. Because they were to take place in the Southern Hemisphere, they were scheduled to begin in this month:
d) December. In the Southern Hemisphere, seasons are reversed. However, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which are to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will begin August 5th. Not to worry, though; average temperatures are still going to be in the mid-to-high 70s! It’s safe to say you can leave your winter coat at home.
- Approximately how much dirty laundry will athletes produce during this Olympic Games?
d) 2 million pounds. That’s right, 2 million pounds of laundry. That’s about 264 years’ worth of laundry for a family of four!
Alright, looks like we’ve covered all the questions. Did any of the answers surprise you? Share your thoughts in the Comments!
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I’m excited to introduce to you–The Divorce Girl as part of the WOW! Women On Writing blog tour. What a great, great book. I was captivated on page one and couldn’t wait to get to the end of the book. I recommend this book to ANYONE! I have a print copy to give away–from the author. Please leave a question and/or comment about the book by Sunday, August 5 at 8:00 pm CST to be entered to win (US mailing addresses only, please.)
Here’s my review:
From the first page of The Divorce Girl: A Novel of Art and Soul by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, readers will discover that it’s a well-written novel with a lively, witty, teenage voice narrating the story. Mirriam-Goldberg captivates you on page one and doesn’t let go until the end of the book. She includes unique, well-rounded characters; unusual settings; and plenty of interesting subplots as well as an understanding of how the world and people work, especially during and after a divorce.
Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2012 Poet Laureate of Kansas. Her love of words and ability to string them together to create a masterpiece shines through in this novel. Simply stated: “It’s a good book!” Although divorce is a subject that has been written about thousands of times in YA and women’s fiction, The Divorce Girl will still fascinate readers who will be drawn into the story because of Mirriam-Goldberg’s writing.
It centers on Deborah, a high school student in New Jersey in the 1970s and oldest daughter of Jewish parents, who announce that they are getting divorced with no huge surprise to her. Her parents have been fighting for years, and it became progressively worse after a baby sibling died of SIDS.
At first when the divorce is announced, Deborah’s father takes a special interest in her, leaving the two younger (surviving) children with their mother. Her dad takes her regularly to eat at a diner, where a Greek hostess, Fatima, works. It soon becomes clear that he has an ulterior motive to these dad-daughter dinners. But Deborah doesn’t seem to mind. She likes the attention from her father, who is talking to her as if she is an equal.
Because of the special attention from her father and the tensions that rise with her mother during the divorce proceedings, Deborah winds up choosing to live with her father and Fatima, which causes many problems within the family, including with her grandparents.
Soon, she realizes that her father isn’t quite the man she thought he was or that he presents himself to be in public; but she doesn’t feel like she has anywhere else to go. He works her hard, too—at home, cooking and cleaning, and at a weekend auction, similar to a flea market, selling large-sized clothing.
The good thing is Deborah loves photography and has quite a talent for it, and her father allows her to take a photography course. He also allows her to get involved with a youth group at the local, and somewhat liberal, temple.
These two outlets and the people there basically save her soul from destruction, as she lives with an abusive father and is estranged from her mother.Add a Comment
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I’m pretty much standing alone among writers in saying that the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon is a good thing. The general stance is that it’s poorly written commercial drivel leading the reading (and non-reading) masses astray. Me? I think the issues and opportunities are—please excuse the pun—a little more grey.
First and foremost, there’s an element of ‘why her and not me?’ in some writers’ chagrin. Nobody likes a whinger. It’s admittedly got to bite a bit when E.L. James’ writing’s so guffaw-inducing bad (my friend and fellow editor Judi makes me giggle regularly by quoting the bit about Ana’s very own ‘Christian-flavoured popsicle’). It’s got to bite a bit more when you’ve been slaving away for years at your own writing with limited success.
But it ignores the fact that there’s a lot going for Fifty Shades, not least that its success has opened others’ doors. I’ve personally been offered a number of chances to review ‘the next’ Fifty Shades book and to interview its author. Ergo, opportunities for me and opportunities for erotic fiction authors who, it should be noted, were until recently low on the (little-discussed) writing hierarchy—they’re like romance writers but considered more snicker-worthy.
Surely those writers should be grateful that James’ trilogy has ratcheted up the chance of erotic fiction writers for obtaining publishing contracts and has driven eyes and sales to the genre? And beyond the genre, for that matter—James’ own husband has scored a book deal for his crime thriller (I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t considered trying to find and marry an up-and-coming writer who might be able to piggyback me across the bestselling line).
Mr James’ book is apparently in no way connected to Fifty Shades, but who are we kidding? Everyone’s going to be scouring the pages for hints of his and Mrs James’ sex life (and if I were him I wouldn’t care—a book sale’s a book sale and he might even gain some readers who otherwise didn’t know they enjoyed thrillers).
Because for all the ‘it’s so badly written’ grumbling, Fifty Shades has done for erotica what Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter have done for their respective genres before—they’ve got people reading and they’ve got people talking about reading.
Whether readers and critics realise it or not (and it’s the ‘or not’ that’s arguably key in the same way that parents try to ensure that kids don’t realise they’re eating green vegies)Add a Comment
The crack of the gun is the same in every language.
The feeling of a damp uniform against your skin as you peel off your sweats is the same sensation regardless of the colors you’re wearing. The beads of sweat trickling down the small of your back, upon greeted with the air, a welcomed chill.
The ceremony of switching from your trainers and into your spikes is synonymous with all runners.
The white arch of the waterfall start is the same line burned into the retinas of every racer.
So is the even brighter, completely straight line marking the finish.
The peal of the bell is heard the same despite whatever tongue a runner is accustomed. It is the penultimate lap, utterly clear amongst a haze of lactic acid and inner wills. It can awaken something fierce, something a racer didn’t know was there, a desire dulled in previous laps by the exhaustion.
The bell can awaken a sleeping beast.
The backstretch offers it a chance to stretch its legs coming off of a slight hibernation.
The last bend extends hope…there is still track left…keep moving…there is still time to make up time, distance on your competitors…
The homestretch is but a mere 100 meters in distance. Yet to every runner it will invariably feel infinitely longer.
Legs like bricks it can feel like 100 miles to those being passed, coming up short on a day, defeat is blind to the difference between minutes and hundredths of a second.
Those same 100 meters may stretch to 100 miles to the racer running on legs firing like pistons. Though still riddled with the burning of lactic acid, that is can be over-powered by the taste of the line. There is a taste…a hunger…
in those last 100 meters stretched to eternity there is desire, hope and finally ecstasy.
The gun, the same in every language, starts it all.
1) What is something that is the same regardless of where a runner is from, what language they speak, or anything else?
2) Do you tend to be a kicker or an early pace-setter? Which style of racing usually works out to your favor?
3) Olympic countdown, baby, which events are you getting particularly excited for?Add a Comment
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The Policeman and the Dog Who Always Caught the Bad Guys — indiereader.com — Readability. Verdict: Removing the context of the author’s inexperience from the judgment, this book is a pleasant enough read, but it’s no Dr. Seuss. But I’d love to give this author the opportunity to compare this book to anything Dr. Seuss [...]Add a Comment
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With the economy taking its’ good old-time trying to perk up, I am sure many of you are starting to think, How far do I have to go to find a job. Well, you don’t have to go as far as Michelle Munger’s July illustration. Here are some online job related sites for writer’s and illustrator’s you might like to check out. Darlene Beck-Jacobson had a few on her blog the other week. I added a few more, so here they are in one spot. You might have others you could add. You can leave them in with the comments and I will add them to the list.
1. www.allfreelancewriting.com: Browse by category or specific freelance markets.
2. www.freelanced.com Post your skills and look at jobs posted. Not just writers and illustrators.
3. http://www.simplyhired.com/a/jobs/list/q-freelance+writer : Straight listings. Can’t vouch for all the listings. Looks like some are worth checking out.
4. www.duotrope.com : Free resource for writers of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Detailed descriptions and market database for the perfect place to submit what you write. Lots of short story markets as well.
5. www.freelancewritinggigs.com : daily postings of the latest freelance opportunities.
6. www.mediabistro.com You will need to register – it’s free!
7. www.publishersmarketplace.com/jobs/ : For serious (mostly) full-time Publishing Industry Jobs.
They present job-seekers great new possibilities every day and conveniences like an RSS ping to keep you posted on every new offering. Among the latest:
Associate Publisher, Nonfiction – Ballantine Bantam Dell [Full Time]
Random House (New York, NY)
Please make sure you check out everything before you send your information on a site you do not know. I have not used any of the sites below, except for PublishersMarketplace.com, but I know others who have.
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My amazing web designer Denise Biondo has done a tremendous job and has created a beautiful website for me! You can check it out via ellenoh.com or ellenoh.net. Please let me know what you think and if you see any room for improvement! Thanks and enjoy the site!! Add a Comment
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Interview with Caroline Lee, Shoes Designer turned Children's illustrator!
Question: What drew you to the text of "Little Dragon's Babysitter"?
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I'm back, writing friends, with more info about the workshops at The Writer's Plot 2012 Conference. Alan Gratz Words from Alan Gratz Alan is a highly successful children’s/young adults’ author right here in the Carolinas. His presentation was fun and informative. If you ever get the chance to hear him (like at the SCBWI-C Conference this September) DO! Alan drilled into ourDisplay Comments Add a Comment
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Writers often live or die by how engagingly they convey the extreme merits of something: a character’s beauty or strength, an impassioned cause, a life-altering event. But equally crucial is how convincingly writers can extol—okay, “hype”— their own work in queries and marketing.
Some editors rightly warn against over-hyping in a proposal; but a touch of deft hype may be just what wins the day, with benefits far outweighing the risks. The greater danger is to acclaim your work with feeble, tread-worn superlatives such as nerve-tingling or heartwarming, which is like a billboard saying NO DISTINCTIVE VOICE HERE.
Guest column by Arthur Plotnik, acclaimed editor and author
whose eight books include the recent Better Than Great:
A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives (2011)
and newly revised and expanded The Elements of Expression:
Putting Thoughts Into Words (2012). He lives in Chicago.
In publishing, hype is the creation of interest by dramatic, flamboyant, or other exaggerating means; it is expected, even appreciated when done well. Through eight books, I’ve seen the best hype in my proposals picked up by agents selling the project, editors presenting it, and marketers promoting it.
In virtually all types of writing, authors need a commanding language of acclaim—an armament of fresh, inventive, attention-getting terms to describe exceptional qualities. The habitual terms won’t do. Words like great, fantastic and incredible have been gnawed to the bone in acclaiming everything from nail salons to chicken wings. How, then, are writers to describe their work or themselves as something especially excellent or affecting, distinctively intense or cool? One answer: With the help of distinctively fresh superlatives.
In common usage, “superlatives” refer to terms that confer extraordinary or exaggerated qualities on something: “She’s a goddess.” “What a celestial performance!” When positive in value they becomes high praise or acclaim; but once-worthy superlatives like amazing are almost devaluing after their billionth indiscriminate use.
To alert agents and editors to your distinctiveness, try acclaiming your work and yourself in a strikingly fresh way. That way might call for terms that quickly signal your project’s importance and impact—not clichés like major and mind-boggling, but apt choices from among such superlatives as singular, consummate, indelible, razor-edgedAdd a Comment
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This past month, I finished my first full term as Wisconsin’s Chapter Councilor on the ALA Council. It has been a great adventure and I can hardly wait for the next two years of services as I continue my term. I have spent decades as an ALSC leader – serving on committees and as committee chair on process committees and even a time or two on an award committee. I have also spent decades as a leader in my own state association. Combining these two streams of process junkie-hood and leadership makes for a perfect preparation for Council.
When I first talked to my library colleagues both in state and nationally about my new Council service, the biggest surprise I had was how many sympathized for me and thanked me for serving in such a difficult assignment. What?!?! Were they nuts? I was looking forward to a new level of service and leadership. Was I missing something?
Happily, no. The Council of the past and the monster nightmare of people’s imaginations is not the ALA Council I serve on. There is certainly debate but the rancor is missing. People have been welcoming, have provided support and insight for me and I can say that after one year I am feeling like I am home. I am getting to know some smart, savvy caring people from all types of libraries and all library positions. I am making contacts across divisions as well and talking about the issues I care about and becoming more knowledgable about issues that matter to others. I am becoming stronger and smarter (I think!).
Just one little teeny tiny thing is missing for me. Youth colleagues and leaders from ALSC are very few and far between. I have plenty of youth peeps from YALSA and AASL but ALSC is sadly underrepresented. Where are you, my friends?
I know in the past we have had many more folks representing ALSC as at-large members. Would you like to consider joining our small but merry (and meaningful) band? It’s easy. You can submit your name to the nominations committee. You can petition for a spot on the ballot with a mere 25 signatures of ALA members which you can garner online.
It is amazing feeling to effect change on a divisional level and to work on behalf of youth librarianship and kids on that stage. It is an extraordinary feeling to do the same thing on the ALA Council level. Won’t you consider joining me there? I promise you, the water is fine….and fun!
Our guest blogger today is Marge Loch-Wouters, the Youth Services Coordinator at La Crosse (WI) Public Library. Marge is active in ALSC and blogs regularly about youth library services issues at Tiny Tips for Library Fun
If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at email@example.com.Add a Comment
At Wales Online Rachael Misstear reports that Author Julian Ruck attacks taxpayer-funding for Welsh writers, as:
He said: "The Welsh publishing industry is nothing more than a parasitical, elitist carbuncle on the hide of a struggling Welsh economy.Ruck apparently makes a big deal about the fact that: "from 2008 to 2012, grants to Welsh writers totalled £1,409,493" (and local publishers received even more than that over the same period). All well and good to point those great sums out -- but nevertheless, to also put that in some perspective, note that, for example, the Welsh National Opera is getting £6,011,414 -- more than four times as much -- from Arts Council England for the 2012-2013 season alone (i.,e. more than sixteen times as much, per annum -- and, much as I love it, surely if ever anything was an elitist carbuncle it's opera).
Yes, fun though it is to bash public spending on culture (and 'culture'), let's get all the facts and numbers (and not just support for culture, but also for nonsense like sport, etc.) out in the open, and then let's discuss it, okay ?
(Admirably, Wales Online let Literature Wales' chief executive, Lleucu Siencyn, respond to Ruck.) Add a Comment
In the Global Times Lu Qianwen finds Publishers turn a new page, in their embrace of publishing fiction in translation, as:
Besides the substantial demographic of readers in the country, increasing interest in this sector is due to the low-risk factor for publishers, in introducing work that is already popular in other countries.Not an argument that seems to fly/carry much weight in the US/UK markets, as far as publishing fiction in translation goes .....
"Many domestic publishers are publishing translated literature as a way to strengthen their status," said Han Weidong, president of STPH. "These works have been tested in the foreign market."
The article also mentions the: "recent announcement of the shortlist for the fourth Fu Lei Translation Award, China's prestigious French-to-Chinese translation contest", and at his Ethnic ChinaLit weblog Bruce Humes has more details.
Two of the shortlisted titles are apparently under review at the complete review: Vie Française (A French Life) by Jean-Paul Dubois, and Dimanche by Irène Némirovsky. Add a Comment
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Making mix CDs isn’t the only way outside my writing that I get my creative kicks. I also enjoy making the occasional piece of visual art, but I don’t think to do it nearly often enough. So, I’d like to thank author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds (The Dot, among other books) for giving me the prompt I needed by inviting me to contribute a piece of art for International Dot Day.
Every year on September 15, innovative educators around the world celebrate International Dot Day by making time to encourage their students’ creativity. After the last International Dot Day, we were overwhelmed by wonderful stories about the “outside-the-box” activities educators invented for their students. September 15th will be here before you know it — this year, we encourage even more kids and grown-up kids to “make their mark” in new and exciting ways!
You can see what I made here. As for how I made it: I found magazine pictures that made me think of heat and light (the sun setting over the University of Texas tower, a grilled-cheese sandwich in a skillet, a farmer inspecting his crops during a drought, a kid coming down a water slide, etc.), cut them into strips, then wove those strips together and overlaid them with a sheet of paper with a circle ripped out of the center. I had no idea what I was going to make when I started, but I had a lot of fun, found the whole thing both challenging and relaxing, and I could not have enjoyed the process more.
I’d even go so far as to say that making art is more fun than cleaning out my stash of “author stuff,” but that has its benefits, too — such as coming across random items that I thought would be fun to give away to teachers and school librarians getting ready to return to school.
What sort of stuff? Well, there are these:
These are three dozen signed Shark Vs. Train bookplates. Book fairs have been known to sell a copy or two of Shark Vs. Train — being able to affix the author’s signature inside the book might make that purchase all the more special.
And then there are these:
When I sign copies of The Day-Glo Brothers, I like to use daylight-fluorescent paint pens — orange and green, specifically. The thing is, they come in three-packs that include a yellow pen, and brilliant as those yellow ones are, I just don’t think that signatures made with them would be quite as dazzling as those made with orange or green. So, I’ve accumulated 10 of them, and I’m going to give the whole bunch of them away.
These giveaways will be to teachers and school librarians who are signed up for my Bartography Express newsletter through the “Win a Book!” section on my home page. As that wording on my site suggests, I give away books, too, and next week’s giveaway of these extra goodies will be in addition to the regular giveaway open to all Bartography Express subscribers.
And if that’s not enticement enough, in September and October, I’ll also be giving away copies of Marc Tyler NobAdd a Comment
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There was a running gag going around earlier this year that either Dan Santat was the Matthew Cordell of 2012 or Matthew Cordell was the Dan Santat. I’ll explain. Both men have a whole SLEW of picture books out in the current year, and we found it funny how prolific both seemed. Prolific they most certainly are, but let’s be honest. Neither of them hold a candle to Ethan Long. As far as I can ascertain he has at least seven titles authored and illustrated by himself out in 2012 from publishers as diverse as Penguin, Blue Apple Books, Holiday House, and Running Press Kids. I did ask someone recently how he did it. They just shrugged in response. “He’s an animator”, they said, by way of explanation. “He’s used to working fast.” I’m not saying that isn’t so, but fast does not normally mean good. Yet good is inevitably what Mr. Long is. I’ve read all seven of those books and though there is a dip in quality from time to time, overall the man is strangely consistently above par. Of course, of all his 2012 fare Up! Tall! And High! is the top of the top. Bar none, this is one of the best toddler/preschooler readalouds of 2012 if not THE best.
In three little chapters we meet a variety of cheerful birds, more than happy to explain to readers the vagarities between terms like “Up” and “Tall” and “High”. In the first story two birds inform the reader that they are tall. When a third stilt-wearing bird is called out for not really being tall (despite its claims), he makes the pertinent point that though he may not be tall his plumage when fluffed is NOT small. In story #2 a morose penguin laments that he cannot go high. That is, until a little bird provides the perfect solution. Finally, in the third story two birds go up . . . and then come down unexpectedly. Long fills his pages with vibrant colors and clear-cut lines, just as his birds speak with simple but clever wordplay.
This is a good example of a seemingly simple book, perfect both for those with short attention spans and those first learning to read. Yet it is capable of making a pretty complex idea easy to understand. You can’t blame the kid who has a hard time distinguishing between the concepts of “up” and “tall” and “high”. All of them require a kind of vertical momentum, yet they aren’t really the same thing. It might have been tempting to Mr. Long to confuse the issue by showing things like the fact that you can be up and high without being tall or you can be tall and up without being high. Instead he keeps everything basic and understandable and funny. The first chapter has six different words, the second chapter has thirteen distinct words, and the third chapter has fifteen. That makes it easy enough to read, while also explaining complAdd a Comment
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My friend Dan O’Shannon (writer of Redux Riding Hood, Modern Family, The Fan and The Flower) is slowly starting a new website, O’Shannonland, devoted to the many things he loves – including comedy writing, comics (his own) and the City of Cleveland. Knowing Dan, I fully expect to see posts on Fleischer’s Popeye and the Lost In Space robot relatively soon. In the meantime, he has compiled a group of music cues from the classic soundtracks to Grantray-Lawrence’s Spider-Man (1967) TV series. This is the cool-jazzy Ray Ellis music, not the public domain KPM library music that began to show up in the second season. Obscure – but someone had to do it. Thanks Dan. More about the Spider-Man TV music at WFMU’s blog.
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Artie’s children’s book Living Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet is now available as a free video for kids through StoryCub. A shortlist finalist for the national 2012 Green Earth Book Award, Thurman the turtle is tired of seeing the land he loves cluttered with trash and decides to take action.
To watch the Living Green video and many other books on StoryCub.org, please click on the cover below. StoryCub videos are one of the most watched programs on Apple’s iTunes Kids & Family section.
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