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WARNING: This animated video may offend some of our readers. I am not posting it to debate politics, but to show how the clever folks at College Humor.com mashed a Disney classic with current social commentary. And besides, it’s funny.
For our current issue on How Children Play Around the World, we asked several authors and illustrators to tell us about their Memories of Playtimes Past. Together, they paint a vivid picture of childhood around the world and reveal the power of imagination – something that still plays such an important role in all their lives as adults, and in the lives of kids today. Illustrator Mandana Sadat, whose own contribution is just wonderful, was struck after reading the whole article by the similarities in the different experiences of play – do read Aline’s post discussing this.
Growing up the youngest of three sisters (in Martinez, California) meant being left out of the older
girls’ games. To placate me, I was named Mom’s “helper” and my playtimes combined chores and daydreaming. I would sit on the back porch and shuck corn from the garden, or weed the front yard – and then taking the silk from the corn, combine it with dirt and water, and make “pies” for the dog to eat (Our poor dog. She really did eat them.), or take the “milk” from the stems of the dandelions I was supposed to be eradicating from the front yard (after blowing all of the milkweed clocks and sufficiently re-seeding them throughout the lawn), and use it as glue to adhere dry weeds to the “head” of a cornhusk doll.
Because I was a quiet kid, I got away with a lot – climbing the tree next to my father’s shed, and making a tree-house of sorts on the roof, complete with its own chamber pot (Oh, I got in trouble when my mother found out about THAT) and store of slightly mildew books scavenged from a teacher’s throw-away pile. One summer I played with the hose and made carefully dried adobe “moccasins” that were no more than ten or twelve layers of clay mud I wore on the bottom of my feet as shoes. They lasted for a surprisingly long time before they cracked. As the layers dried, I would lie on my back in the yard and listen to the drone of the planes going to and from the Air Force base, and imagine they were taking people to adventures, just like I would have someday.
And Belle Yang brings the article to a flourishing close:
I was born on the subtropical island of Taiwan. The front yard was the rice paddies, alive with tadpoles like music notes on sheet music. The Sleeping Dragon Mountain, exploding with firecracker red azaleas, was my backyard. Rivulets, home to small fish and crustaceans, came rushing down the hills. My barefoot friends and I looked for tiny crabs as they crawled among the stones, dappled by sunlight and the motion of wind in the acacia.
We caught the crabs and tied white sewing thread to one of their many legs. We took them for walks on the paved paths of the schoolyard, where my parents taught high school. I was delighted with my pet that could only walk sideways.
Do read the rest of the Memories of Playtimes Past – between them, Alan Gratz, Mandana Sadat, Jorge Argueta, Neni Sta Romana Cruz, Chris Cheng, Demi and Larry Loyie, along with Tanita and Belle quoted above, will evoke a smile, or even a laugh out loud – and certainly memories of one’s own childhood… And if you’d care to share some of those with us, we’d love to hear them!
"It's so haaaaard.....to say goooodbye.......to yesterdaaaayYYEEEEEEE..." Yes, today is the final day of the LL4 Blog Tour. We've had a good run. Thanks for sticking by, reading the posts. But perhaps you are tired of reading. Well, I have just the thing for you. The Dads over at DadLabs interviewed me via Skype and they have posted a video over on their website. We talk about the LL books and I give my list of recommended reading for dads to share with their kids. Watch it here!
Today is a day to celebrate all things Canadian... and so we took to Sandbanks with our buds despite the crummy weather forecast - it was lovely! We had lots of fun, it was restful, slower-paced and just really nice. We started out the day at the Napanee car show - complete with fire trucks and at least 150 classic cars. Mo was in heaven. Z was great the whole day and now we can't wait to go back again... have a feeling we'll be there a lot this summer.
More news - Fatou Fetch the Water will be out soon, this is my fourth book with Red Robin Books UK and is set in Gambia. Here is the info sheet. Written by Neil Griffiths and a portion of all sales will go to Project Gambia to promote literacy.
We've started out our summer holidays at full tilt, Tuesday we went for a nature hike and met a family of these critters:
Then we got home and Mo felt sick - he slept for 3 hours and woke up with a fever, was listless for the whole day - then suddenly felt like playing and eating again - fever gone. Wierdest thing.
On Wednesday we headed to City Park in Kingston and to Murney Tower. Shawn took Mo there a few weeks ago and he'd been talking about it non-stop since, so we went with our buds. History and Architecture with 4-year olds is a whole other experience. It was awesome.
And today... Sandbanks. I think tomorrow we may just lay low and clean up a bit. Then again, maybe not.
Woke up to this adorable dress in my flickr group this morning. I haven't seen this fabric crop up in a long while. I love the fabric stash in the background of the picture and how the swirl of the snail is capping the right sleeve. Adorable!
Hard to believe its been thirty years since the publication of Leonard Maltin’s Of Mice and Magic. The book came out sometime in the springtime of 1980 (I don’t recall the exact publication date), originally in hardcover from McGraw-Hill (pictured above left). It was issued as a trade paperback by NAL in October 1980, updated in 1987 (pictured above right) and hasn’t been out of print since.
It was different then… no internet, no DVD collections, and only a handful of serious books on the subject of animation history. Working on this book as Leonard’s research assistant was my college-level crash course on the subject - and I loved every moment of it. I recall it took three years to research, compile and write. The project was, for me, a dream come true and I’ve been proud of its success ever since. I still consult the book often to this day.
Brew reader Derek Tague gave me a extra hardcover copy of the book and suggested I get Leonard to sign it to commemorate the occassion. I have done so and will give it away to one lucky Brew reader tomorrow in a special contest which will appear in a separate post tomorrow (7/2/10). Our server crashes when we pre-determine a contest date and time, so I will not say when the contest will appear. You’ll just have to keep checking in and be lucky.
Below are several souvenirs from my files I thought would be worth posting on this occasion (click thumbnails below to enlarge image): Pete Emslie’s caricature of Leonard; the cover and interior of the Nostalgia Book Club’s offer of the original hardcover; the cover and interior of an industry “blad” which boasts of an ad campaign being planned for the paperback release; and one of those ads, clipped from the October 30, 1980 issue of Rolling Stone.
The Greenaway Medal is a very prestigious annual award for children's picture books, which specifically awards excellent illustration. It has been going since 1955 and is named after the popular 19th century illustrator Kate Greenaway:
The prize is not just kudos either: as well as their medal, the winner gets £500 worth of books donated to the library of their choice, plus the £5000 Colin Mears Award: a bequest left by the Worthing based accountant and children's book collector. Not bad eh?
This year's winner is Freya Blackwood for Harry & Hopper. It is an extremely poignant and sad story about loss, written by Margaret Wild.
I particularly like the way Freya manages to retain the vigour and purity of her original sketches in the final artwork.
This is a constant battle for illustrators, one that most of us lose, at least a little. No matter how well the final image works, there is invariable some freshness lost from the first drawings. It's generally not apparent unless you see the two versions alongside, so most people don't notice, but the artist knows.
Every year, schools and libraries all over the UK 'shadow' the Greenaway, asking children to read the shortlisted books and vote for themselves - it's interesting to see if the winner comes out the same!
The librarian at Lady Manners School in Derbyshire asked me to be part of a shadowing on Thursday. I met the 5 invited primary schools and gave talks to the children about my work.
The day was a huge success and very interesting. Each child had been asked to design a mask, based on their personal favourite, and I awarded prizes to the best 6. There were group discussions and then children slipped their votes into a ballot box.
We had our first two Networking dinners on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. We held the first dinner at Cafe Centro in the Metlife Building on East 45th St. at 200 Park Ave. I chose that restaurant, because we had a bigger group and they had a private dining room that we could only get it we had over 18 people. The room was perfect, the service was perfect, the food was perfect and by the end of the day the humidity lifted, which when you top off all that with Michelle Poploff – VP Editorial Director at Random House, Kristin Marino – Executive Editor at Random House,Rebecca Frazer – Editor, Sourcebooks, Jabberwocky, Marissa Walsh – Agent, Fine Print Literary Agency, Catherine Onder – Editor, Disney-Hyperion, Shauna Fay – Assistant Editor, Putnam, and Harold Underdown from Harold and the Purple Crayon, our gathering was the perfect night.
Wednesday found us at the Bourbon Street Bar and Grill (a trendy spot on Restaurant Row) with Stephen Barbara – Agent at Foundry Literary + Media, Karen Chaplin – Editor at Puffin, Alison Wortche – Associate Editor, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, and Erica Sussman – Editor, HarperCollins. This was a smaller group and we asked a lot of questions.
I asked about book series. It seems to me that the feeling about series are changing. Five years ago you would hear editors advise not to mention that you saw your book as a series, but now with more editors looking for book series, I felt like the market had changed and that the editors were more open to hearing about your ideas for series.
The consenus was that you should let the editor know that this submission has series potential, but if you have written 25 books in the series, it may be better not to overwhelm the editor with getting into the details of 25 books. Start generating interest and save the number for later.
We even had a networking lunch this week. Well, we did, but it took place in another state. Four very nice ladies from South Carolina attended our conference in June. The light bulb went off and I asked them if they would like me to arrange a networking get-to-gether for them with Tracey Adams. Tracey is a sweetheart and she said, “yes,” and even said she would bring the other agents who work for her to the dinner or lunch. It ended up being lunch since they had to drive a few hours to get to Tracey. Here is the thank you letter the Carolina Girls sent me.
We knew that traveling to the New Jersey SCBWI conference would be a fantastic experience, but we never guessed what a nice bonus would come our way a few weeks later. Our Greensboro, NC critique group has Kathy Temean to thank for a wonderful opportunity to meet with the Adams Literary Agency over lunch in Charlotte.
Tracey and Josh Adams and Quinlan Lee were so generous with their time that our lunch actually lasted longer than our drive to Charlotte.
We had fun hearing anecdotes about the publishing industry and getting to know these three terrific people. And they answered all our questions with honesty and expertise.
Moral of the story: Consider conferences in other states. You never know…
GREAT NEWS!!! Edward Necarsulmer IV, Director, Children’s Depar
As Knuffle Manor preps for some guests over the 4th of July weekend, I thought I'd post some quick images from a recent dinner-time visit from pal Peter Sis.Regular visitors to the blog know that doodling is a big part of dinner at the Manor, either on the walls or, more recently, on the table.Here's the result:Huzzah!Why don't you take out some paper for a table cloth and have a doodle
I've known about Google sketchup for a while and I've done nothing about learning how to use it, despite having heard pretty good things... that changed last week when I saw an amazing job that Richard Smith did using it to model a spaceship called the Terrapin (see Richard's website for more of his illustration work). The Terrapin is for a strip he is working on for a forthcoming issue of FutureQuake and looks awesome and I was inspired to learn more!
After asking Richard whether he thought it was worth learning how to use Sketchup, (a resounding yes), I decided I would spend a bit of time trying to get to grips with it. There are some limitations but I managed to build Judge Dredd's Lawmaster (his bike) and I'm not unhappy with the results... I will build a few other things and hopefully it will help greatly with that Dredd strip I'm doing for Zarjaz with Lee Robson.
I have to say, I'm thoroughly impressed with sketchup and for a FREE and EASY 3D package I can see no downside, especially when you can export animations that you can use to show others around the models you have built. So, can I recommend it? On Monday I had no idea how to create things in 3D that I could then use to plan scenes and things... and now I have a new and powerful tool in my skill set! So, I can strongly recommend it, well worth the time spent I think!
Sigh, I love lots of picture books, it's impossible to choose just one. But I'll try. Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm is one of my favorites. In this book by Jerdine Nolen, a young girl befriends a local farmer, Harvey Potter. What makes Potter unusual is that instead of corn or soy beans he grows balloon animals in his field. I never got tired of reading this one to the kids. I initially tracked down this book because I'm a fan of Mark Buehner's illustration and this book doesn't disappoint. Mark Buehner is a wonderful illustrator. If you aren't familiar with his work, he always hides things in his illustrations, which the kids love. But be aware that some of them are really tough to find - so if you are reading this for the first time at bedtime you might not want to mention it, or you'll be up all night trying to find that darn dinosaur ;)
As I was looking up the book on Amazon I noticed that Disney made a movie of the book back in 1999, with Rip Torn as Harvey Potter. Rip Torn seems like an odd casting decision to me. I may have to rent it to see for myself.
Warning - contains copious amounts of photos for fabric and bees. For last Saturday was the first real day off I've had for weeks and it was planned to be filled with my favourite things, spent with a dear friend, Debs, who has the same interests. So there was a visit to a fantastic fabric shop in Abingdon, Mason's in Bath Street. It was heaving - anyone who thinks that sewing is going out of fashion should pay it a visit. Rammed to the ceiling, literally, with what must be thousands of bolts of every fabric you could need, not to mention haberdashery heaven. Mostly filled with female customers and the odd chap hanging round looking somewhat bewildered. We bought a few little things; the staff at Masons, old and young, are amazing. Back to Deb's house, who rather wonderfully fixed up a sensational lunch from the
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