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1. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/5/15: Area woman finds comics are not as she remembered

§ It would be easy to mock this Jen Teasdale-style column in the Norfolk Daily News where a woman goes to find some comics in her local bookstore but finds only superheroes and not Little Lulu, but I think there is a lesson in it. The tone is not the anger you sometimes find —”That’s not MY Aquaman!”—but rather curiosity.

My own collection of comics is now quite old, and it only contains a few superhero stories. When I was young, I wasn’t interested in those types of comics, and I admit that I’m not interested in them now.

In fact, I went searching to see if I could find newer editions of the comics I’d read as a child — Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Little Lulu, Richie Rich, Yosemite Sam, Rocky and Bullwinkle, the Roadrunner, the Pink Panther, Tweety and Sylvester, and my favorite, Uncle Scrooge. Sadly, I couldn’t find any of those in the drawer after drawer full of action comics I encountered.

The closest I came to finding comics like those I loved as a kid was a small selection of Archie comics. I bought a “Betty and Veronica” double digest book for a whopping 99 cents! Believe me, that’s a major deal when you compare it to the average price of $5.99 I saw on most of the comics.

This woman actually really likes comics. While manga isn’t to her taste, she remembers the pleasure she found in picking up what sounds like The Smithsonian Collection of Comic Strips—who wouldn’t?—and vows top hold on to her very old collection of comics and says “If anything, I’ll add to the collection whenever I can.” It is perhaps too much to expect that she might enjoy Powerpuff Girls or Adventure Time…or maybe Operation Margarine. The point is she is a comics fan, but when there were no comics for her tastes, she moved on. One of the benefits of having a strong and varied world of kids comics now is that as these readers age they will find a lot of material to choose from. Comics are for everyone.


§ Speaking of Operation Margarine, the enjoyable girls on bikes romp by Katie Skelly, she’s done a pin-up for the collection of the apes on bikes romp The Humans.

§ 18 drawing tips from Moebius! BOOKMARK

§ Moebius’s collaborator on a Silver Surfer novel, Stan Lee is schooling us on superheroes at the Smithsonian. And it’s online and its free. Gather and learn, children.

§ Olivier Schrauwen’s Mowgli book is out from Retrofit and it’s large and magnificent.


§ Here’s a collection of Gold Key Star Trek comics covers that are pleasant to look at. According to the database the stories were written by a youthful Len Wein and the covers are by George Wilson, not a very familiar name to contemporary comics fans, but he was pretty boss. (Via Boing Boing)


§ And speaking of Star Trek, apparently as a tribute to the late, great Leonard Nimoy, Canadian Trekkies are marking up their $5 bill to resembles Spock, a practice wich the government wishes to discourage.

Bank of Canada spokeswoman, Josianne Menard, has confirmed the stunt is not illegal, but she urges Spock fans to stop. She says in a statement, “It is not illegal to write or make other markings on bank notes… However, there are important reasons why it should not be done. Writing on a bank note may interfere with the security features and reduces its lifespan. Markings on a note may also prevent it from being accepted in a transaction. Furthermore, the Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride.”

The Spock-lie personage on the bill is Canada’s seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Somehow I think we need Kate Beaton to make sense of this all.

§ I know you have probably fired up Evernote and made you own exhaustive analysis of the new Avengers trailer, but just in case you got stuck, here’s the Comicbook.com one.

§ Finally, by stock photos needs have been met at last.

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2. It Is Never Too Late To Start Writing Your Bestseller: INFOGRAPHIC

Feeling too old to write your first book?

Essaymama has created an infographic called, “It Is Never Too Late To Start Writing Your Bestseller,” which highlights examples of authors who wrote their most popular books in the later years of their lives.

We’ve got the full graphic after the jump.essay writing never too late to start writing

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3. Napping Fawn Print Giveaway

Manelle Oliphant Illustration - Illustrator and Writer

It’s been a little while since I’ve written a post. Next week I’ll have a new illustrated story for you, but today, just for fun I wanted to have a giveaway.

Enter to win your very own “Napping Fawn Print”.


To enter either comment on this post, or signup to receive these blog posts by email (over there on the left). You won’t get spammed or anything you’ll just get my blog posts in your email. If you are already signed up with your email just post a comment below so so I know you want to enter. You can sign up and post a comment if  you want but you’ll only be entered once.

Don’t know what to comment? Just let me know which of my blog posts has been the most useful, or fun. That way I can make more of them.

Then after you’ve commented, or signed up follow this link to facebook and like or share or comment on the post.

You have until March 11, at 12:00pm to enter.  The winner will be chosen at random next Thursday.

Good Luck.

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4. Luke Evans Cast as Gaston For Live-Action Beauty & The Beast Film

Luke EvansLuke Evans will play Gaston in the live-action adaptation of Beauty & The Beast. This actor (pictured, via) has been seen in a number of book-based-movies including The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Dracula Untold.

Variety reports that Bill Condon, the director behind The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn films, will helm this project. Evan Spiliotopoulos, a screenwriter, wrote the first draft of the script. Stephen Chbosky, the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, stepped in after Spiliotopoulos to work on the screenplay.

Evans joins a cast that includes Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as The Beast. Like the 1991 animated movie and the hit Broadway musical, the story for this live-action project will be based on Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s beloved fairy tale \"La Belle et la Bête.\" Who would you cast as Lumière the candelabra and Cogsworth the clock? (via Elle.com)

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5. Self-portrait with over sized hat

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6. Seeds of Inspiration: Books for Children and Young Adults about Wangari Maathai

'Seeds of Inspiration: Books for Children and Young Adults about Wangari Maathai' - Mirrors Windows Doors article

Wangari Maathai - photo credit: Martin RoweWhat better way to introduce MWD’s new theme, ‘Branching Across the … Continue reading ...

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7. Kim Gordon & Pam Munoz Ryan Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

Home CoverWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending March 01, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #5 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon: “Gordon takes us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and ’90s that gave rise to Sonic Youth, and the Alternative revolution in popular music. The band helped build a vocabulary of music—paving the way for Nirvana, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins and many other acts. But at its core, Girl in a Band examines the route from girl to woman in uncharted territory, music, art career, what partnership means—and what happens when that identity dissolves.” (February 2015)

(Debuted at #10 in Children’s Illustrated) Home by Carson Ellis: “Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist’s own studio.” (February 2015)

(Debuted at #14 in Early & Middle Grade Readers) Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan: “Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny.” (February 2015)

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8. 2015 Teen Tech Week Grant Winner - Lindsey Tomsu

In 2012 the Teen Advisory Board received a grant from the Nebraska Library Commission (NLC) of $1,900 to start a Teen

Media Club to give teens a chance to learn how to create digital content. Many of my teens do not have access to basic

technologies. The library’s computer lab does not have filters so you must be 17 to enter which means that our

community’s teens that do not have access to computers outside of school can’t even use the library’s resources. Many of

my teens do not have Internet at home, have outdated computers that seem to freeze all the time and not connect to the

library’s wireless, and many do not have smartphones.


The goal of Media Club was to use technology to enable teens to create such things as book trailers and the creation and

maintenance of a teen library website. The original NLC grant funds were used to purchase an HD Digital Recorder, a

laptop for the teens, and various props for their videos. While there still is a lot of interest in Media Club we realized that

just having a camera and a laptop was not enough. As we went about beginning to create, draft, and record various video

projects we learned that we really need certain other tech equipment to properly be able to run our club. We discovered

this after a large-scale project (La Vista’s Next Top Project Snazz Maszter—a “reality” show cross between America’s

Next Top Model and Project Runway) which we filmed during a 17-hour lock-in (filming all 17 hours!) and discovered

afterward that a lot of the film was unusable. Our library has 20-foot ceilings and the sound on most of our film was barely

audible because of echoes. We also realized free film editing software can’t do things like green screen effects. The teens

decided they wanted me to apply for a YALSA/Best Buy Teen Tech Week grant for funds to be used toward the purchase

of the additional equipment we need to get Media Club properly equipped and off the ground again.

We are using the funds as a launching point for the new and improved Media Club. One of their large-scale goals they are

planning to do for TTW is the creation of a sketch show a la Kids in the Hall. During TTW we plan to offer programs that

range from a workshop for the teens to brainstorm their sketches and work with groups, a time to rehearse, a time to learn

how to use the filming equipment, a time to do the actual filming, and a time to learn to use editing equipment, and then

time to edit the film together. The great thing is that this is not just a one-time only program where the funds will be used

and the equipment expended. As a re-launching point of Media Club, we have been given the ability to revive interest in

Media Club and actually get it off the ground this time and continue it (whether through more sketch show “episodes” in

the future or better book trailers and other digital programs) indefinitely.


Many of my teens have gotten their first experiences with film creation equipment at Media Club. Their teachers are now

requiring mandatory exercises that need access to smartphones, laptops, and film making equipment that the teens do

not have access to outside of the classroom. With our Media Club they not only get to learn how to build and maintain a

teen library website, but also how to use the HD camera, how to film digital content, and how to edit it into something

watchable. We also recently started a Teen Makerspace, and the teens are interested in the possibilities of incorporating

the digital content creation of 3-D printing with possible filming opportunities.


Media Club is using the YALSA Best Buy Teen Tech Week grant funds for the purchase of a high-quality green screen kit

(with lighting), a high-quality boom mic kit, professional video editing software, a tripod for our camera, and, if we have

any funds left over, additional props for their videos.


You can see some of the videos that the teens have created in the past on our YouTube Channel, TheTabblerTeens,

here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTabblerTeens/videos?view=0


I highly recommend our “Dinosaur Book Trailers” of which we have filmed six so far. Now that we have been awarded a

TTW grant we know there will be more videos for us in our future!


Lindsey Tomsu has been the Teen Coordinator of the La Vista Public Library since 2009. Lindsey and her dedicated Teen Advisory Board members have brought in more than $10,000 in grant funds over the years to make the La Vista teen program one of the most active in the area.  Their overall goal is world domination—in a nice way of course!

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9. Frozen Takes Over World Book Day

Today is World Book Day in the UK and Ireland, a day in which kids were encouraged to dress up as their favorite book character.

The most popular costume this year? Elsa from Frozen, who is technically not a book character (though the Disney franchise has released a ton of Frozen books based on the movie). Twitter users are not amused. The Telegraph has the scoop:

On social media, annoyance over Disney’s all-conquering film Frozentaking over World Book Day is threatening to trump the irritation over children dressed as comic book characters.

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10. JF Wishlist Updates

I posted on Twitter the need for blog ideas. It seems I've run out already.

@BookEndsJessica Hmmmmmm.... any changes to your/your colleagues' wishlists?
2/11/15, 9:44 AM

This is actually a great question only because these things change all the time. An agent can talk to an editor or read a great new book and get excited about something new.

While I'm always looking for the standards: Cozy mysteries, mysteries, suspense, romance, women's fiction and YA, there are those submissions I will drop everything for.

Suspense--a great dark suspense stand alone or series with, preferably, a female protagonist, romantic suspense and definitely YA suspense. Give it to me dark, make it gritty, and I require that it leaves me in a panic about what's around the corner.

Women's fiction with magical realism ala Sarah Addison Allen.

Contemporary YA with dark secrets and big story lines.

An entire week where nothing happens so that I can catch up on all the reading I want to do and need to do. If that week happens to be at the beach with margaritas at the ready even better.

A new talented agent knocking at my door. I'm looking to grow our BookEnds team and I really only have a few requirements: Smart, fun and someone we'd all like to have a drink with. Oh, and you'll need some experience as either an agent or an editor. Your areas of expertise can be just about any genre. http://www.bookends-inc.com/employment.html

This new standing desk from Ikea

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Richard Blais or either Voltaggio as a private chef.

I'll keep my fingers crossed.


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11. Glowing Blue Dome UFO Captured From Passenger Plane

According to Professor Tombaugh of the Lucerne Dark Matter Physics Laboratory, this video footage is genuine and one of an increasing number since 2013.  Tombaugh, like some of his colleagues, belies these are reconnaissance flights by potentially hostile aliens.  

This is part of The Green Skies promo NOT reality.  Get a life!

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12. quick parent safety lectures

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The principals of all the local schools got together and did a parent safety evening at the school. I was one of the presenters. I think they were expecting a big turnout, but it was a small (but interested) crowd. I did two very short presentations

1. Ten apps in ten minutes. For parents who are not using mobile devices for social purposes outside of facebook, knowing what the various apps are and what they do can be useful. I just had a very basic slide deck and talked over some images of the apps. I had to learn to use Snapchat which was sort of hilarious.

2. “How the heck does this work” a short talk about things parents can control in their home internet environment and what they can’t. Obviously the standard line is that the best thing you can do is talk to your kids and this is more useful than just using technological tools on what is, ultimately, more of a social problem. That said, it’s good to understand what you can and can’t do with the technology.

Most importantly was, I think, people seeing and getting to know each other and getting to have conversations about what their systems were at home. One parent charged all the devices in his room at night, for example, so the kids couldn’t sleep with their phones. Another had a “no phones/devices before homework is done” policy. Another had a “two hours of screen time a night” rule. I was glad to be a “local expert” of a sort who could give people some perspective on what technology can look like form another direction. The newspaper wrote up a short article about the event. Feel free to use my slides for your own safety talks.

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13. Austin SCBWI Mentor Award Winner Laney Nielson Signs with Greenburger Associates

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Hooray! Laney Nielson, recipient of the 2014 Austin SCBWI Cynthia Leitich Smith Mentor Award, has signed with literary agent Bethany Buck of Greenburger Associates.

Laney Nielson is a writer who lives in Plano, Texas.

A former upper elementary school teacher, Laney has taught in both suburban Virginia and inner city Boston. She has her Masters in Education.

Laney is a member of a critique group formed through the North Texas Chapter of SCBWI. She has attended the Highlights Foundation Whole Novel Workshop and many regional events, including the Austin SCBWI regional conference for the past three years.

I am delighted that Laney has signed with Bethany. Laney has a lovely sense of story and character, heart and humor. I look forward to many terrific books from them.

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Laney says: "I want to thank Austin SCBWI and Cynthia for offering this mentorship. It was an incredible opportunity to learn from one of the best. Cynthia provided me with the guidance and expertise I needed to take my writing to the next level."

(She is so gracious. Laney came in strong, worked hard, and deserves all the credit for her success. Learn more about Laney's experience and the mentorship from Austin SCBWI.)

Bethany says: "I am thrilled to represent Laney Nielson, a great new debut whose writing is smart and sparkly." (Yes, it is!)

From the Greenburger Associates website:

Bethany Buck represents teen fiction, middle-grade fiction, and chapter books, as well as a select list of picture books...

Before becoming an agent, Bethany held editorial positions in children’s book publishing for thirty years. Previously she was Vice President and Publisher of the Aladdin and Simon Pulse imprints of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing Division, where she was the editor of Scott Westerfeld’s #1 New York Times best-selling Uglies series, as well as his other teen books. Bethany began her career at Scholastic Inc., where she was a longtime editor of The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin, and rose to be an editorial director in the trade division.

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14. Los Angeles Times Book Prize graphic novel nominees announced


Awards season is barreling along now. And here are the nominees for the LA Times Book Prizes, which added a graphic novel category several years back. It’s a prestigious literary prize, and the winners over the years—Duncan the Wonder Dog, Finder, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life among them—have definitely lived up to the billing. This year’s five books chosen include what I would almost call the usual suspects for 2014:


The Chast and Tamaki books were THE graphic novels of 2014, and The Love Bunglers is a masterpiece. Arsene Schrauwen was much admired and deserves all the attention it gets. The Neyestani book doesn’t quite have the same profile, but it’s gotten a lot of recent ink and it’s also a pretty damn fine book.

In other words, good picks.

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15. KEIKO: The First Time

Anyone else purposely slow down near the end of a really, really good book?

Also see my previous Keiko comics.

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16. Further NASA Evidence Of Alien Incursions And Possible Hostile UFO Fleet In Space.

Joining the ranks of international scientists who believe that a hostile alien force has entered our solar system, mounted numerous incursions (recce flights?) and believe there may be some kind of war going on, such as Professors Tombeau, Sidebotham we now have Michio Kaku joining in, reservedly.

Disklosure Times International has also reported that the highly secretive United Nations Intelligence group, S.A.T. A. N. (sounding ominous enough in itself!) has had field officers looking into the massive surge of UFO sighting reports from 2014 but say this is just a "logistics exercise".

Is Earth about to be invaded or is our home solar system the unwitting location of a war between alien races?  Certainly all references to the "thermonuclear explosions on Mars and Phobos seem to be ignored or have been taken down from the internet.

Or, can we merely sit back and carry on as always and simply say "UFO hoax"?

 We have this from Beforeitsnews.com:

Massive UFO Fleet Caught By International Space Station Live Cam, Video


 “Watch as a colorful fleet of UFOs is seen from the space station live cam this week. The UFOs actually change colors as they move. This fleet is following two lone UFOs far out ahead of them all. It looks like the fleet was caught leaving the dark side of the Earth just as the ISS came into view. This is one rare and amazingly beautiful event,”  says Scott Warning, author of UFO Sightings Daily


Date of sighting: March 10, 2014
Location of sighting: Earths orbit viewed from ISS
Method Viewed: NASA space station live cam
NASA Cam: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/iss_ustream.html


Waring points out that another UFO was seen near the International Space Station only a few days later.

Streetcap1 of Youtube caught this UFO at the ISS and it looks to be matching speed with the ISS. The object appears to be solid and almost disk-like. This is a great capture of this object and the surface color is very similar the the last few UFOs we have seen at the space station this month, says Waring

Date of sighting: March 14, 2014
Location of sighting: International Space Station, Earths Orbit

Streetcap1 of Youtube caught this UFO at the ISS and it looks to be matching speed with the ISS. The object appears to be solid and almost disk-like. This is a great capture of this object and the surface color is very similar the the last few UFOs we have seen at the space station this month, says Waring.

 See more from Scott Waring at UFO Sightings Daily

And then....


Nearly two years after an amateur star-gazer captured footage of a UFO fleet flying past the Earth’s moon, the video was uploaded to the internet Tuesday. The short tape shows how a site user spotted unidentified flying objects zooming by. The moon UFO sighting is now seen in stunning 1080p resolution.

The short video (2:35) that appears on Disclose.tv is without sound. But the footage of the fleet of UFOs by the satellite (in its half-moon phase) speaks for itself. Isotrop is the handle of the user who uploaded the footage (November 20, 2012). He writes that a camera was set up and trained on the moon over several nights and many hours.

The camera caught the moment about a dozen or more orbs appeared to have jettisoned from the surface of the moon, or were merely flying by. Video footage showed amazing detail of the moon’s surface in high-definition. However, the unidentified objects flying by were not discernible up close using the equipment.

As a result of the man’s shocking discovery of the moon’s UFO fleet, he tends to believe others who claim to have similar video of alien space crafts in the solar system.

The Inquisitr has covered stories about other UFO sightings in the recent past. One such incident occurred when a passenger aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship reported seeing an alien-like craft hovering along the coastline.

Sources say there has been an uptick in sightings of UFOs. By the numbers: in the month of August, there were 285 reports of people spotting UFOs. What do you make of this latest news? Is the “fleet” part of some covert NASA or military space program. Or is it proof of visitors from another planet?

This is a Green Skies promo using actual news and video recordings. If it's reality then I'm the new Nostrodamus!

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17. Marvel Unveils a Third Trailer For The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel Entertainment has unveiled a third trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. Comic books fans spread the #AvengersAssemble hashtag across the Twittersphere to unlock it.

The video embedded above offers a deeper look at the robotic supervillain that will challenge Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thor, and The Hulk. Follow these links to watch another trailer and a clip from this film adaptation. (via IGN.com)

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18. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Amy Reeder



















Amy Reeder is the co-creator, and artist of Rocket Girl, published by Image Comics(issue #6 hits the stands on May 6th). The other creator on the series, writer Brandon Montclare, was an early supporter of Reeder’s, helping her get her first gig at DC/Vertigo drawing Madame Xanadu. The two also collaborated on the original comics series, Halloween Eve.

Amy Reeder first cut her comics teeth with the original English language manga series Fool’s Gold from Tokypop.

Other credits include a collaboration with artist JH Williams on Batwoman, and various cover work, including a memorable run on Supergirl.

Interestingly, Reeder has gone from drawing digitally, to now drawing 100% by hand(minus the coloring). She decided to make the switch to traditional media, because she feels more in control, and says she can better see the “bigger picture” of her work.

You can learn a lot more about Reeder’s art, and benefit from some great tutorials like”Perspective in Storytelling” on her blog here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

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19. 2015 Kids' Choice Awards

Kids' Choice Awards 2015The Nominees Are in for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards!

Some of our very favorite books were nominated for the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards, and YOU get to choose the winner!

The Nominees for Favorite Book are . . .

Diary of a Wimpy Kid has won 4 times already in years past, but I don’t think The Fault in Our Stars has ever been nominated before. Will this be its year? Winners will be announced on the Kids’ Choice Awards Show on March 28, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Go to the Reading Buzz Board to discuss which book you think should win and why!

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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20. Kiss Me I'm Irish

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It's Saint Patrick's Day Season and in honor of the holiday I made this little Irish Setter piece. He/she is available for sale at my online store. Just follow this link: Diane Sammet's Shop

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21. Legs - a bookwrap

  1. Meerkat
  2. The meerkat or suricate is a small carnivoran belonging to the mongoose family. It is the only member of the genus Suricata. Wikipedia
  3. Scientific nameSuricata suricatta
  4. Lifespan12 – 14 y (In captivity)
  5. Tail length17 – 25 cm (Adult)   Higher classificationSuricata
  6. Mass0.72 kg on average (Adult, Female), 0.73 kg on average (Adult, Male)


    Authored by Sarah J. Dodd and illustrated by Giusi Capizzi.  Ages 2-6.

    Unwrapping the fabulous illustrations...

    The tale of a very small meerkat

    Miki and Mama live
    Under the ground,
    Under the zoo is 
    Where they are found.

    One bright sunny day
    Miki can't find his mama,
    She coaxes him out
    But he doesn't wanna.

    Once out in the world
    Excitement and fright
    Descend on poor Miki
    He doesn't feel right.  

    But mama and keeper
    So gently take care
    To keep Miki safe
    Not to go anywhere.

    Then Miki decides 
    To wander away
    All by himself ....
    He starts out to stray.

    But all he could see
    Were legs, legs and more...
    Then he spotted a pair
    That he'd seen once before.

    The kind, old zookeeper
    To those legs belonged,
    He scooped Miki up
    And took him along.

    The ocean of legs
    Turned into strange faces,
    Miki squealed with delight
    Saw his mom's and embraced it!

    This wonderful, heartwarming book is sure to pull at your heartstrings.  The illustrations are magnificent and the expressions tell the story all on their own.  Young and old alike will enjoy the story and identify with little Miki as he experiences the ultimate in nurturing and care....his very own mother's unconditional love.  

    DUBRAVKA KOLANOVIC, born 10.9.73, lives and works in Croatia. She studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design USA and went on to graduate from the Academy of Visual Arts in Zagreb in 1998. She has illustrated over 30 children’s books, cartoon books and school textbooks as well as UNICEF’s Christmas card. Her first picture picture book ‘A Special Day ‘ won the Landmark Editions (USA) Golden Award. The agent tells us that Dubravka has also illustrated some cards which have been sold to Paper Rose. She says this is sold through Smiths and John Lewis.

    Giusy Capizzi uses bold designs and playful images to engage and entertain the youngest readers.  While she began as a painter, Guisy is now a highly skilled digital artist who draws on her fine arts education in Italy to create irresistible illustrations.  When she is not drawing, Giusy loves to cook.

    Read on and read always!

    It's a wrap.

    Contact me at:  storywrapsblog@gmail.com

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22. Good luck to Tom Spurgeon on his halfway cross country move


Tom Spurgeon is relocating from New Mexico to Columbus, OH this week. I can only imagine how stressful that is—some tweets posts about a cancelled last minute comics sale show just one aspect of it. I think he said he had something like 75 boxes of comics…just having a lot of stuff makes moving traumatic, let alone moving in the middle of a winter which resembles the White Witch’s plans for Narnia. I know moving my least favorite thing in life. (I’ve only moved three times in my adult life. )

In Columbus Tom will be an even more important force in comics than his already formidable position as he spearheads the new Cartoon Crossroad Columbus event. Anyway, good luck to him!

(Photo via Facebook)

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24. Harts Pass No. 241

Local meetings about a grizzly bear reintroduction, and the wolverines are not afraid -- of the bears!

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25. forward...punCH!

Good morning on this snowy day in suburban DC!  We're marching along briskly in our first week of the Forward...MarCH Poetry CHallenge (read the introduction to this project here) and our word today is "punCH"--another one with several meanings most delicious to the poet.

I'm posting my one previously published poem for the week, but first I'll share one from Donna of Mainely Write.  You'll see why...
A Punch of Sun

Packing a wallop
Up in the sky 
Noontime it reaches

--Donna Smith

Really tight, really strong, really great!  And how's this for a coincidence? 

Solar-Powered Sun Puppet

the dark side of me
glowers inside
drags at the tips of my toes

it feeds on clouds
on rainy skies
and only my shadow knows:

how heavy
the day is
how low the horizon
how sodden
and sad
I am

then sweet sun punches a hole in the clouds
sizzles and swims in my eyes
my shadow spills out through a hole in my sole
my darker side hung out to dry

how sudden and mad I am!

I’m sunny-side up
I’m pumped full of light 
my silhouette dances on walls

now I can see clearly:
my dark doppelganger
freed by the sun's high call

        my demon cast out, my shadow of doubt
        is the shadow that proves that I am

HM 2009
Pumpkin Butterfly: Poems from the Other Side of Nature (Boyds Mills/Wordsong)

I don't know Donna well, but clearly we have sunthing going on.  Go visit Donna's blog--there's a LOT going on there! 

Diane of Random Noodling has gone in a different direction with one of her senryu.  Love this marriage of words and image! (Too bad about Punch and Judy's marriage.)

 And Charles Waters is back, too--reminding me of all the "punch buggy, no punch-backs" that I've lived through in the car.

I bash my brother on his arm
I did this as a good luck charm
Until he punches my arm, whack!
 I then decide to pat his back.

(c) Charles Waters 2015 all rights reserved.

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Join us tomorrow for "fetCH"!

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