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37176. but far enough to see

I was absolutely utterly confident that today I would post the update, as mentioned in the last three posts. It would be a good way to start the week I'd thought. Over the weekend I caught a bit of sunshine that allowed me to take some photos - I have a very dark house. Then, when I came to upload them I found that the camera had been on the wrong setting and the pictures are no good. Now, I have to wait for the next chink of sunlight. I told you, me promising anything is the kiss of death.

So, I've decided to try a different tack; never bother coming back to this blog. Nothing interesting happens here. Nothing.

Do you think that may work? In the meantime, here's some drawings of pens.

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37177. SHOW not just tell your support for SHINE

Hard on the heels of last week's entertaining news that the National Book Foundation had erred in announcing the title of one of the nominees and thus six (not five)  books would be finalists in the YA category, comes the very NOT entertaining news Lauren Myracle as been asked to withdraw her erroneously announced  SHINE--and she's agreed.



If this happened to one of my clients, I'd be a puddle of sizzling shark shards on the carpet. Frankly, I can't think of anything more awful in the non-lethal or non-disease category than this.

I feel bad for Harold Augenbraum executive director of the National Book Foundation. He's a very nice guy and I'm sure he didn't wake up last week and say "let's see how we can eviscerate a YA author."  I don't agree with the choice the NBF made, but they didn't ask me and I'm not a member.

I feel bad for the editor, publisher and agent for SHINE.  To be one of the nominees is a singular moment and my guess is more than few champagne corks popped in their respective offices.
(Libba Bray's post about being 'back state at the clusterfuck" is brilliant)

But my heart breaks for the author. There's nothing I can say that will comfort her, but there's one thing I can DO to show my support for her gracious behavior in the face of this horrible turn of events.

I can buy her book.

You can too.

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37178. Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Wishless by Louise Caiola

Welcome to Author Louise Caiola

Bio:

Louise Caiola has called Long Island her home ever since she was a little girl dreaming up her very first plot. It is here she resides with her offspring including but not limited to one very spoiled six-pound canine. A confirmed bibliophile with an insatiable appetite for the written word, Louise began her writing career by completing several years of study through Cayuga College’s online instructional program. This lead to the production of an extensive collection of short stories currently available for viewing through the e-zine www.faithhopeandfiction.com. The publication of these works sparked the desire to create and complete a book or two of her own. The culmination of these efforts came forth in WISHLESS, her debut novel. The dream and obsession lives on with her second novel, GIRLS LIKE HER currently in the capable hands of her agent, Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Agency. She invites you to visit her website: http://www.louisecaiola.com/ and her blog: http://louisecaiola.blogspot.com/. You can follow her on twitter:  http://twitter.com/#!/lcwritten 5 Comments on Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Wishless by Louise Caiola, last added: 10/18/2011
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37179. Emma and Mr. Knightly




















I watched Emma over the weekend. So enjoyable. I also did lots of little experiments on watercolor paper.

For years I've been using illustration board to do my watercolor illustrations. I can't remember exactly why I started using illustration board, but lately I haven't been terribly fond of it. And after I watched Marla Frazee's demonstration on stretching watercolor paper at the SCBWI Summer Conference, I felt inspired. So I ordered some lovely, bright white Arches watercolor paper from Dick Blick... And I am in love.

"Oh how the paint flows evenly over the paper!" I said to my husband. "Oh how my pencil glides over the creamy surface!" I declared. He smiled wanly, in an attempt to show understanding. But alas, he couldn't really, truly share in my excitement. But surely YOU, dear friend, will understand the magic of finding just the right new art supply?

Oh watercolor paper, you are the Mr. Knightly to my Emma... it took a little while, but now I finally see how wonderful you are. *sigh*

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37180. the lord commanders breakfast


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37181. Disney and Marvel team up with PREP & LANDING

PrepAndLanding Cover Disney and Marvel team up with PREP & LANDING
When DIsney bought Marvel, the idea of them teaming up for “Mouserine” was the topic of laughs. but now such things are actually happening, with the cartoon character Prep & Landing entering The Avengers, Spider-Man and Marvel Super Heroes comics. Actually, it’s just an INSERT story about the tooners trying to prepare for Santa, not an actual, coninuity-shattering crossover, but it does show that these titles are super kid-friendly. Even John Lasseter approves of this mingling.

PrepAndLanding Preview1 Disney and Marvel team up with PREP & LANDING

This November, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Emmy Award-winning Prep & Landing enters the world of the Avengers, Marvel’s most popular super heroes, in an all-new comic book adventure. Certainly Santa doesn’t just visit the ordinary citizens of the world – even super heroes should have a shot at making it onto the “nice” list. Join Wayne and Lanny, members of an elite unit of elves who prepare homes for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve, in their not-so-ordinary task of preparing the Avengers Headquarters for the “Big Guy’s” arrival.  The significance of readying the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for a visit from Santa is lost on his stealthiest elves – for them, it’s just another night on the greatest job ever.
 
 “I love Prep and Landing. I love the whole concept of Santa having these high-tech, stealth, elf squadrons that help him get each house prepared for Christmas,” commented John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios. “It’s already so much fun combining this super secret spy world mixed in with the North Pole, and then to add the Avengers into the mix – spies, Christmas and comics – three of my favorite things!”
 
This all new Prep & Landing story, from writer Kevin Deters & artist Joe Mateo will be available exclusively in the following November on-sale comics: 
 
·        Avengers #19
·        Super-Heroes #20
·        Spider-Man #20 

“We’re all big fans of Prep & Landing, so bringing them into the Marvel Universe was a no-brainer,” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor in Chief. “I just hope that Lanny and Wayne have an easier time at my house this year than they do at the Avengers’ Mansion!”
 
And don’t miss Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, a full-length special premiering on ABC this Christmas! Wayne and Lanny find themselves up to their pointy ears in trouble, as they race to recover classified North Pole technology… which has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking Naughty Kid! Now they must turn to a Coal Elf named Noel in order to prevent Christmas from falling into chaos. You can bring home the original Prep & Landing when it releases on DVD this November 22. 
 
This winter, the team of Prep & Landing enter the world of the Avengers—’Nuff said!
 
AVENGERS #19 (SEP110506) 
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS 
Pencils & Cover by DANIEL ACUÑA
 Rated T …$3.99 
FOC—10/24/11, On-Sale—11/16/11
 
SUPER HEROES #20 (SEP110572)
 Written by JEFF PARKER
 Penciled by MANUEL GARCIA 
All Ages …$2.9 9
FOC—10/24/11, On-Sale—11/16/11
 
SPIDER-

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37182. Just 3 days until...

3!

Just 3 days until the release of the Emma and Brandy stamps with all new sentiments from Unity Stamp Company!

Please share the word with all your stamping friends!

Today I am sharing some of the original rough sketches when Brandy and Emma were first born. More rough sketches to come tomorrow.




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37183. Who the hell are you?

It's bad enough when query letter writers refer to themselves in the third person.  Here's an example of what I mean:

Dear Barbara Poelle,


Janet Reid has written an enticing fiction novel about the value of vodka in conducting high stakes literary auctions. Would you like to read it?


Your fan,
Janet Reid



If you are writing the query letter, use first person "I have written."

That's a rule. No exceptions.

Knowing that, when I get a query from someone who says "Janet Reid has written" and the email address and the signature are a different name, I think one of two things:

1. You have multiple personalities

2. You aren't the writer


1 is preferable to 2.


You can't query for someone else. Not now, not ever. I won't respond to those queries.  I've said so before, and so this is just a reminder.

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37184. From Others, To Others

I hope you enjoyed my post about my weekend with IBLN. I am still thinking about all that I got out of attending that conference and spinning the information into new ideas.

I have to renew my BCALA membership. Anyone can join BCLALA, you don’t have to be a member. Did I say anyone  can join? Why stop there? Why not join/support  Chinese American Librarian AssociationAsia Pacific American Library AssociationAmerican Indians in Childrens LiteratureAmerican Indian Librarians Association, and REFORMA? I used to applaud that ALA had venues for so many groups to be able to address their unique needs but now I question why ALA has to have separate groups. Why the need to pull out to be recognized? Nonetheless, these groups to exist to give voice where it would not otherwise exist. I can (and will) join them and support their cause regardless of my own ethnicity. And, I’ll be at the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in September.

Does anyone know if any of the ALA caucus groups maintain listservs?

We don’t just divide ourselves ethnically. Geographic is another way. While I belong to local listserv groups, I also belong to those in other states. I’m amazed at the literacy and technology resources I find from the KYMS  (Kentucky Media Specialist) listserv! Just recently, this video posted to KET which is giving me many ideas on using technology in my school and resources I should be looking for in my state.

Pirate Tree recently ran a request for books and DVDs to be donated for women in Afghanistan.  I love this blog which focuses on social justice and children’s literature.

I like these ways of reaching out, the give and take of real growth and learning.

 

 


Filed under: professional development Tagged: ALA, networking

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37185. Roommate Pumpkin Painting Party





My roommates and I painted pumpkins last night. SOOOO fun!

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37186. Awards!

We received great news last week that some of our books had won Moonbeam awards!


In the Picture Book-Preschool category, Crabby Pants by our very own Julie Gassman won a Gold! Roger the cat shouldn't be so crabby now that he has that gold medal.


In the Juvenile Fiction-Early Reader /1st Chapter Books category, Kylie Jean Blueberry Queen by Marci Peschke won a Gold! I think Miss Kylie Jean would be mighty pleased.

And last, but certainly not least, in the Pre-Teen Fiction-Historical/Cultural category, A Time For War, from our Bloodlines series, won a Silver. This set is amazing!

Congrats to all of the winners!

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37187. Review: Ashes by Ilsa Bick

4 chewy snickerdoodles.

Cover Love: No. I do not like this cover much at all. Mostly because the model looks so creepy.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
I had this one from NetGalley but wasn't sure if I wanted another dystopian. My friend Shannon raved about it though, so I decided to give it a try. Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:

Alex has run away and is hiking through the wilderness with her dead parents' ashes, about to say goodbye to the life she no longer wants to live. But then the world suddenly changes. An electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky zapping every electronic device and killing the vast majority of adults. For those spared, it's a question of who can be trusted and who has changed... Everyone still alive has turned - some for the better (those who acquired a superhuman sense) while others for the worse (those who acquired a taste for human flesh). Desperate to find out what happened and to avoid the zombies that are on the hunt, Alex meets up with Tom - an Army veteran who escaped one war only to find something worse at home - and Ellie, a young girl whose grandfather was killed by the electromagnetic pulse. This improvised family will have to use every ounce of courage they have just to find food, shelter, while fighting off the 'Changed' and those desperate to stay alive. A tense and involving adventure with shocks and sudden plot twists that will keep teen and adult readers gripped.


I Kept Reading Because: It caught and held my attention.

Romance?: Kind of.

What I Liked (& Didn't):
I loved, loved, loved that this book started with the "event". Most dystopians take place long after the big change has happened to our world. This one shows the direct aftermath of the event. So I would call it an "apocalyptic" book. It was very interesting to see how people change with an event like this.

Tom! I loved Tom. Another book with a character named Tom that I fell in love with.

I thought it was very interesting how the author isolated Alex, Tom and Ellie for awhile in the book timeline. So by the time they rejoin society things had really changed. So not only do they have to learn how to live in this new world, they have to find a place in one of the new societies.

There are so many little things introduced that can go in so many different directions with plot and characters. Watching a world get rebuilt in a story is very fascinating.

What a cliffhanger of an ending! And I still have hope...

To Sum Up: A great introduction to a new dystopian/apocalyptic world! I already bought it for my library and can't wait to booktalk it for my readers!

ebook from NetGalley and Egmont USA. Thanks!
37188. Alyson Hagy Wins High Plains Best Fiction Award

Just a few weeks ago I was writing here about my friend Alyson Hagy, and her win of The Devil's Kitchen Award.  Today I write to say that this extraordinarily talented writer and honest, good, and soulful friend just won Best Fiction prize at the High Plains Book Awards, an event held at Parmly Billings Library this past Saturday.  The book is Ghosts of Wyoming (Graywolf Press), a collection of short stories that deserves every last bit of praise it gets. 

But so does Alyson, as a person, deserve that praise.  She sends the most gorgeous and considered emails from her post in Laramie, Wyoming (where she helps run one of the greatest creative writing programs anywhere)—talks about books she's liked or tussled with, her early morning spottings of birds, the six inches of October snow.  She'll tell me she's headed out of town for a little tennis, and only later and by accident will I discover that she's playing tournament tennis, and winning to boot.  She'll say, ahead of a trip to what she calls a book festival, "I love the folks at Billings who work so darn hard on behalf of the arts," without mentioning that her own book is up for a Billings award.

This is not false modesty at work.  It's Alyson Hagy—whose quality of mind and richness of perspective have kept me necessary company through the years.

And so, dear Alyson, this tribute is again for you.  Not just for what you've won.  But for who you are.

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37189. Ring Out One Contest, Ring In Another

I'd like to announce that the winner of this month's blog hop is Diana! She has won a signed copy of The Last Archangel. Thanks to everyone who entered and I hope that you will stop by often.

 As you might have noticed in last post, I'm very excited for National Novel Writing Month, which starts on November 1st. I've managed to write 50,000 words both of the last two years I've done it and got done before the 30th. This year, I'd like to raise the stakes a little bit and encourage some of you, who I am sure are also writers, to participate.

On the entry form below, you can show that you have registered for NaNoWriMo. There is another button for when you "win" NaNoWriMo (which means reaching the word count goal). Each entry is timestamped, so I can tell in which order they come in. If any of you can "win" NaNoWriMo before I do, I will agree to do a full manuscript evaluation of your NaNoWriMo manuscript. If I get there first, I will still give a 50 page evaluation to the first person who wins after me. From all those who enter, I will pick three random people to receive a first chapter evaluation of their NaNoWriMo manuscript and other prizes at my discretion.

You can also get additional entries for prizes by spreading the word about this contest. If you have any questions or need writing advice, know that I'm always available at thecanticlekingdom@gmail.com.

Let the writing commence!

Writing Update: Had a great writing week. Simon Says is up to 36,370 and the Last Archangel II is up to 23,143. I'm also working with a company provide a serial story that chronicles some of the backstory behind The Canticle Kingdom, specifically the lives of the creators of the music box and how one of them became corrupted. I'll have more news about that as it progresses. They let you retain the rights, so hopefully, I can let the series run and then publish the entire series in an inexpensive ebook somewhere down the road.



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37190. Belated Award Passes


We are back from Galica -- got in late, late Saturday night -- and now I'm playing "catch up". Just after arrival in Galicia I received two nice awards from Michele Helene at A Wanderer in Paris . My apologies for dragging my heels on passing them on, but I didn't spend a lot of time on the Internet this trip.

Here are the awards:


 
The 1st Award (Liebster Blog) is for someone who has less than 200 followers. This award has five rules:

1. Show your appreciation to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them. That's Michele Helene (see link above). 
2. Reveal five picks more pics, let them know by leaving a comment on their blog. (Done; see below.)
3. Post the award on your blog. (Done; see above.)
4. Bask in the camaraderie of

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37191. Author Interview & Book Giveaway: 8 The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf

Welcome to Author Michael Mullin

Bio:
Michael grew up in New England, where all his sports allegiances remain. He is co-author of the successful Larry Gets Lost picture book series, and was recognized by the WGA’s Written By magazine for an animation screenplay. Before writing as a career, he taught preschool and college, two positions he found disconcertingly similar. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 10-year-old twins who pretty much run his life (despite his best efforts to appear as if he is running theirs).

Interview:  
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Back, but just far enough to make my sports betting more lucrative.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
I’m passionate about the need to overhaul our country’s education system. I’d invite Ken Robinson and Geoffrey Canada and have them help me find three other influential people (notice I didn’t say “powerful”) to share ideas and further the plan of action.

What is one book everyone should read?
Mine. It is (as we would say back in Boston) wicked short.

If you could meet one person who has died, whom would you choose?
Although I can sadly add Steve Jobs to the list now, it would probably be Joseph Campbell. Fascinating breadth of knowledge and a wonderful storyteller – seemingly without the pretension. (I don’t know for sure; I never met him!)

Pet Peeves?
I don’t have a pet. And if I did, I certainly wouldn’t name him “Peeves”.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Who doesn’t like an alternative way of seeing something we thought we knew all about?

Any other books in

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37192. New Postcard mailer!

So, I just sent my new postcard design to the printer, FINALLY. I need to get back to it with my marketing. That is definitely the hardest part for me in all of this. Self promotion...oye. I'm sure I'm not the only one, right? It's a lot of work. Not just researching the different publishers and what to do, but designing a postcard that's going to grab their attention, show what you can do and make them want to hire you! I'm never completely sold on my ideas for my postcard designs, but you gotta do it and just get them out there.

Anywhoo, here are the back and front of my card. The back of the final file had my information, of course, on the left side. Let me know what you think and what you do to promote yourself!

back


front

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37193. Giveaway Winners


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37194. Review: Between by Jessica Warman

Between
by
Jessica Warman

Such a mysterious read! This one has a surprise towards the end that you'll never see coming. I love that! Full of questions you'll be eager to uncover, you'll find yourself flying through this one!

It's Elizabeth's birthday party, and her father has allowed her, along with her friends to have a party on their boat. All was well. Great in fact, except that nobody managed to stay up until she actually turned another year older. Apparently everyone drank too much and passed out. Liz can't seem to remember a thing that went on. All she does know is that there is a highly obnoxious thumping noise and everyone seems to be sleeping through it. Trying to rouse someone with no efforts, Liz finally goes to see just where the noise is coming from. 

That's when she sees her. The dead body floating in the water bumping against the boat. That person in the water? That's Liz. But how? Suddenly, Liz realizes someone is next to her staring along with her at her dead body. That's where it gets all the more interesting. Because that boy, well he died a year ago in a hit and run accident. With Liz questioning him, Alex decides to explain why she can't wake her friends and that it is indeed her in that cold water. 

Not sure as to why Alex hasn't passed over yet, he starts to explain to her what it is that he does know, as well as what they can do. Once everyone wakes up, Liz knows it's only a matter of time before they find her body and that she needs to go see her father before he finds out. And once she is discovered, Liz watches to see how everyone reacts. Alex has told her that it's not good to see all her friends and family in mourning but she doesn't care. 

As time goes by, Liz watches everyone to see if there are any clues as to just how she died. Alex says it all comes in time. After all, he was killed by a hit and run driver. He doesn't know who hit him either. Only time will tell. What Liz does find out is that apparently things weren't as they seemed. For instance, her best friend and step-sister wasn't such a friend after all. So many questions left unanswered yet, Liz is determined to know the truth. 
As they say, 
the truth will set you free. 
Right? 

4/5 Stars. 454 Pages. Published by Walker Publishing Company. Received from the publisher.
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37195. Sadie and Sam



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37196. Here & There: October 17, 2011

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

The Buddy System: How two talented unknowns (Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer) broke all the rules and created an instant classic—‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ by Kathleen T. Horning

Nonfiction Booktalker: Tough Cookies: Brave women who broke the mold by Kathleen Baxter

What Does Excellence Look Like?: A new study shows the role of school libraries in learning by Brian Kenney

Writer’s Tools: Wordcraft by Barbara Wysocki


BOOKLIST

Sports in Series Nonfiction by Susan Dove Lempke

Top 10 Sports Series by Susan Dove Lempke


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

New Books from Old Masters: Seuss, Sendak, and Silverstein: Booksellers and librarians weigh in on new titles from three of the nation's most famous picture book authors by Karen Springen

Picture Book Stars Shine at the Carle Honors by Matia Burnett


BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS

I See/Hear/Smell/Love Dead People: A Ghastly Dozen

Bulletin Stars for October


THE HORN BOOK

Calling Caldecott Blog

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BOOK TRAILERS

A Tale Dark and Grimm


The Graveyard Book Narrated by Neil Gaiman

It's a Book by Lane Smith

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37197. Book Talk Tuesday

I have been searching the web for a great place to post book reviews for librarians and teachers to use in the classroom.  Well, I am going to try hosting my own Book Talk Tuesday!  I invite teachers and librarians to link to a recent book talk or book review that can be used by others- to help purchase new books, learn about new books and to help give us book talk ideas.  

My rules? 
1. All content must be appropriate for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.  
NEW 2. Please link to your original content, not the content of others.  
3. Websites that you link to must be child friendly since lots of kids visit this site and if they click on your link, I want it to be appropriate for them.
4. Positive reviews only, please... we only spread love here at The Lemme Library!
5. Books must be available in The US. (you are welcome to link to ARC reviews)
6. I reserve the right to remove any reviews that don't meet criteria 1-5.
In the link title field, be sure to include the title of the book you are reviewing and your site name. In the URL field, please link to this specific post that contains the book review (That way people don't have to scour your blog looking for it!)


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For newcomers & visitors: Definition of "Book Talk" from Wikipedia: "A booktalk in the broadest terms is what is spoken with the intent to convince someone to read a book.  The booktalker gives the audience a glimpse of the setting, the characters, and/or the major conflict without providing the resolution or denouement. Booktalks make listeners care enough about the content of the book to want to read it. A long booktalk is usually about five to seven minutes long and a short booktalk is generally thirty seconds to two minutes long.

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37198. Comics For Everyone!


Owly is one of the best all ages comics to come along in ages. First published in 2004 Owly is Andy Runton’s wonderful series about a gentle, loveable Owl and his little forest world. To me, Owly is the perfect example of what amazing all ages comics can be; it’s use of visual language, the world building, the gorgeous art, the warmth and tenderness. The first thing one notices about Owly, after the art, is the fact that it’s virtually wordless. The story moves along entirely with pictures. Speech balloons contain images rather than words. I find this makes the world even more immersive. To quote Andy Runton’s website “It may seem that a student could read a wordless comic quickly (and without much effort). One soon realizes, however, that he or she must apply further evaluation and observation skills to be able to follow the story line” So much of the story relies on facial expressions and actions. Which isn’t to say it’s hard to read. In fact every page is a joy. 

One of Mr. Runton’s greatest strengths is his capacity to create wonderfully simple characters. It’s not exactly minimalist, but everything is very simple. It’s also very rich art. The natural world is portrayed with loving detail. It's a friendly world, even the dense black shadows are friendly. 



The stories are about Owly, and his kindness toward other creatures. He is always trying to do the right thing. The stories are hopeful and uplifting, Owly’s tenderness balance it out with a note of sadness. 

A definite must have for your all ages shelf. It goes well beside Winnie The Pooh and Beatrix Potter. 

there are several ways to purchase and read Owly, there is both hard and softcover editions which are the perfect size for young people. There is also a Kindle edition

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37199. Fall artwork at ETSY!

Finally unpacked this piece from Oliver Finds His Way. Available at ETSY!


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37200. Kansas demands better, moves from OverDrive

“With the need for a new state-wide ebook contract looming, [Kansas State Librarian] Budler began negotiations with current vendor, OverDrive. The contract she received shocked her. “It was the price increase—700% over the last contract that floored me,” says Budler. “I explained that this wasn’t acceptable.”

Information Today outlines what is happening in the state of Kansas as they contemplate moving away from OverDrive with content that their 2005 contract says that they actually purchased. A really fascinating story. Budler admits that OverDrive isn’t the villain here, but that she needs to advocate for her libraries which means getting a better deal for them than OverDrive was able to offer.

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