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1. What Would Garrison Griswold Do?

BookScavenger3d(This post is cross-posted from EMU's Debuts)

I've been in the midst of making promotional plans for Book Scavenger. I've sought out advice from other authors on what they recommend and don't recommend for your debut book, and the only bit of advice that everyone seems to agree on is this: The best thing you can do to promote your first book is write your next book.

Okay, cool, I'm doing that! I have two more books scheduled to come out in 2016 and 2017, and I'm currently working on both simultaneously. One is in the outline/first draft stage, and the other is nearing the end of its second revision. (I feel like those last two sentences make me sound very organized in my writing process. I am not. I wrote "working on two books simultaneously" but really it feels more like spinning in circles while juggling cats.)

But still, even if everyone agrees the best thing you can do is write the next book, I can't do nothing for my debut. If for no other reason than I'm excited about it! I want people to hear about it. So many people have had a hand in shaping the book--early readers and critique partners, teachers, my agent, my editor, the art director, production editor, copyeditor . . . And the illustrations! Sarah Watt's work is so freakin' cool and takes the book to a whole other level. The book that will be in bookstores and libraries has been a team effort, and I'm proud of it. Even if readers hate it, I want Book Scavenger to have a fighting chance of surviving in the retail world, and that won't happen if readers don't hear about it in the first place.

So I wanted to do something fun to celebrate Book Scavenger and spread the word about its existence. What to do, what to do? That's where Garrison Griswold comes in.

Illustration by Sarah Watts
Garrison Griswold is a central character in Book Scavenger. He's this larger than life, eccentric book publisher who's a huge game and puzzle fanatic. He thrives on thinking up elaborate games and making them happen--something that has earned him the reputation of being "the Willy Wonka of book publishing." A reputation, by the way, that he loves to play up. Book Scavenger is one of his game creations. It's a website and a real world book hunting game where players hide used books in public places and then upload clues to the website for other book scavengers to solve in order to seek out the books. (Kind of a mashup of Book CrossingGeocaching, and Little Free Libraries, with a dash of influence from video games I played as a kid.)

I wanted to do something in the spirit of Garrison Griswold, but I couldn't go all out Garrison Griswold because that guy has resources that I do not. (He rented out the San Francisco Giants stadium in order to break the Guinness World Record for largest group Bingo game, for example. I can't do that.)

But I did come up with something that's big, by my standards at least, and fortunately my publisher was on board. I hope it will be fun and will make Mr. Griswold proud. I'll be putting this plan into action on Wednesday and will update here with the info, but for now here's a teaser video (which offers a clue--something I know Mr. G would approve of):



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2. Math Monday -- Patterns


It's Math Monday! Join Mandy at Enjoy and Embrace Learning for the Math Monday link up!


Today I'd like to share one of my favorite brain games. It's a game that, now that I think about it, reinforces many of the Standards for Mathematical Practice.* I think I'll teach it at indoor recess today!

It's the game SET

I have 4-6 decks of SET cards, but I was thrilled to find SET dice on sale at United Art and Education this past weekend.



You can play one free game per day online here, or you can play a multiplayer game in realtime here. There is also SET for iPhone and iPad.

In the game of SET, players must find combinations of color, shape, shading, or number that are either all alike in some way, or all different in some way. On the game board above, you can see that I made a SET with all purple, all solid, all three, all diamonds. I also made a set with all the same color (purple) and shading (solid), but all different number and shape. I have a set with all the same shading and shape, but all different color and number, and another with all the same number, shape and shading, but all different colors.

It's a great game. If you haven't played it yet (or recently)...what's stopping you?!?!



*CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP2 Reason abstractly...
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP6 Attend to precision.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP7 Look for and make use of (patterns and) structure.



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3. Possibly my best idea ever

I struck a deal with the kids: for every new app or game I buy them, they must each memorize a poem. So far, so fabulous. Huck, my little iPad junkie, is shaping up to be a regular minstrel by the time he’s twenty. :)

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4. An Excellent History of Graphics in Videogames

"Pixel Pioneers: A Brief History of Graphics" is a 5-part documentary by Stuart Brown about the evolution of graphics in videogames.

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5. First Look: Doug TenNapel’s Stop Motion Game Armikrog

This is the gameplay trailer for Armikrog, the stop motion animated game by Doug TenNapel and Pencil Test Studios.

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6. Halloween Book Challenge Bonus

Happy HalloweenHave you been participating in the Halloween Book Challenge? Every week, we read a different book. Today is Halloween so we have a BONUS challenge for you! It’s a Halloween Party Spell-It-Out Challenge.

Here’s how the bonus challenge works. Think of all the books you read this month for the Halloween Book Challenge. Then think of the perfect Halloween party item (drinks, candy, decorations, etc.) and spell it out using the first letter of words in your book titles.

Example:
G - 
The Graveyard Book

U - Captain Underpants

M - Midnight Howl

Leave yours in the Comments. Have a super-fun and safe Halloween!

 

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7. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein | Book Review

In Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, author Chris Grabenstein cleverly captures reader’s imaginations by combining the suspense of a thrilling game with the majestic nostalgia of great libraries, librarians, books and authors of past and present.

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8. Escape from Netherworld—Twiggy the dwarf

Escape From Netherworld jacket

Escape From Netherworld jacket

Hey, gang! Sorry for the interruption in posts—I spent most of last week in New York City visiting art directors, editors and creative directors. Now I’m back and I want to show you something I worked on this summer.

Here is jacket art for Escape from Netherworld—it’s about a group of role-playing gamers who are somehow transformed into their characters and transported into an alternate realm: Netherworld.

My pal, the extraordinarily talented Gina Datres, is the book’s designer and she called me in to illustrate the jacket. After some discussion and rough sketches back & forth we hit on the idea of 3 individual images of the gamers going through their transformation. For the 2 guys, I drew the gamers in pencil but fully rendered their characters in paint. I work with watercolor (gouache), so I traced some of the drawing with a wax candle. Since watercolor won’t stick to wax, you can see the drawing of the gamer ‘through’ the painting of the character. Piper, the elf-girl, doesn’t change in size enough to make that idea work so I made her hair a magical element that swirls around her as it grows.

If you’d like to buy a copy of Escape from Netherworld just click here.

Author: David Kuklis
Designer: Gina Datres
Illustrator: John Manders
Editor: Nan Newell
Published and Printed by:
Word Association Publishers, Tarentum, PA 15084
ISBN: 978 1 59571 994 2
Available for purchase:
wordassociation.com   —   1 800 827 7903
barnesandnoble.com
amazon.com

Let’s start with Twiggy the dwarf. As usual, here are the rough sketches, tight sketches, color studies and final paintings.

rough sketch of group tight group sketch—rejected Twiggy alone Vince transforms into Twiggy color study final image

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9. Playpublik Krakow

Ellan and I went to run a cardboard maze building workshop at Playpublik Krakow. The festival was awesome, we met so many lovely people, played games, marvelled at things... and Krakow itself was very cosy indeed. I ate more dumplings than anyone could believe.


Rules for Secret City - the main game we ended up playing in this maze. It was a quieter, gentler maze than usual, somehow. more of a castle than a burrow or an ocean.

Ellan, building

Me!
The Mighty Hamster (or The Funny Beaver, as it came to be known somehow)

Treasure changing hands


I loved the giant hopscotch games that appeared in town (by Agustina Woodgate)

All the organisers and designers. WHEE

I'm so glad we got invited to do this, and I hope we will build many more mazes and fill them with people next year!

All these photos are copyright Playpublik, here's the whole album

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10. Halloween Book Challenge

Happy HalloweenJoin Us for a Month-Long Reading Challenge!

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11. Guess the Book Emoji--And Win!

By Julie Daines

Ladies and Gents, I think it's high time for some fun and games. How about a nice round of Guess the Emoji?

Each emoji below is a clue to a book title. They are all works of literature ranging from middle grade to adult, classic to modern. Remember to think outside the box.

Here they are:

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Leave your answers in the comments. You have until Friday midnight to enter, I'll post the answers and the winner on Saturday, September 27.

Good luck!

And since I happen to have a stack of extra books lying around, anyone who makes a guess will be entered into a random drawing to win a book of their choice. If you guess them all right, you will be entered twice. Yippee!

The choices are (And just for clarification, these have nothing to do with the emojis.):


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12. Hello Kitty Crochet

Hello Kitty CrochetHello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurimi Patterns for Sanrio Friends

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13. Harts Pass No. 217

For sure one of those ideas that was hard to communicate in comic form, but we make our own fun here at Harts Pass Comics, so we expect you to work at it a little bit as well :) Cheers!

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14. Book board games and my failure as a parent

This summer we’ve been lucky enough to chance upon some children’s book inspired board games as we’ve trawled our way through charity shops.

Now I have a confession to make: I’m not a fan of board games.

I play them because I know as an engaged parent I’m meant to play them with my kids but I’ll be honest, it’s always a struggle for me when the kids ask to play such a game.

However, if anything will get me willing to give a board game a go, having a link to children’s books is a good start.

First we found this Peter Rabbit game. We hadn’t looked out our Beatrix Potter books in ages (even though we have teeny-tiny 5cm ones which I just adore) so it was a perfect opportunity to revisit Jeremy Fisher and Hunca Munca (in the Tale of Two Bad Mice) – both favourites from when the girls were little.

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Next we found a Princess and the Pea game, which has been a huge hit because the game pieces are so very lovely – real little pillows, mattresses and blankets.

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Our two favourite traditional re-tellings of The Princess and the Pea are both published by Floris books: The Princess and the Pea, illustrated by Maja Dusíková (here’s our review, plus an activity which my girls still rave about to this day), and their forthcoming An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, illustrated by Anastasiya Archipova. Both books have classical, romantic watercolour illustrations, with a vintage feel, and the anthology in particular would make a great present.

Our star find this summer, however, has been an Asterix board game, complete with menhirs and rotten fish.

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This game not only has really fun pieces, I’ve even (moderately) enjoyed playing it, at it requires more than just rolling the dice, combining memory with luck and plenty of opportunities for mental arithmetic.

This flavourwire article has 10 more literary themed board games, including ones inspired by Animal Farm, The Little Prince, Moby Dick and Beowulf!

I’ve also come across…

  • Tales of the Arabian Nights board game:
  • Robinson Crusoe board game:
  • Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective board game:
  • Lord of the Rings board game
  • Vintage Wizard of Oz board game
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cheese Touch board game
  • Room on the Broom Dragon Chase Board Game
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt board game
  • Monopoly: The Marvel Comics version
  • Do you have a favourite board game inspired by a children’s book? Have you any tips for turning me into someone who will willingly play board games ;-) ?

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    15. Interview at Bartography: Video Games & Me

    Image source: Wikimedia Commons

    Image source: Wikimedia Commons

    Chris Barton, author of many excellent children’s books including that Peterson family favorite, Shark vs. Train, is celebrating the impending launch of his newest book, Attack! Boss! Cheat Code!, by interviewing other authors about their relationship with video games. Today it’s my turn. I had a blast (Asteroids reference, get it?) answering his questions. You know how I love me my games. :)

    Excerpt:

    CB: What games did you play the most when you were a kid? What did you love about them?

    MW: We got an Atari 2600 when I was around 8th or 9th grade. I. LOVED. THAT. THING. Fave game: Adventure. The way the dragons curled up when you stabbed them! I went through a whole blissful nostalgia-binge not long ago, revisiting Adventure on a desktop version. It’s amazing the wave of feelings it conjures up. That exhilaration of discovery; the happy state of tension I love in a game.

    Naturally I had to give a big shoutout to Glitch, the best game of all time (sniff).

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    16. More Than Books for Back to School

    Yesterday marked the first day of school for many kids across the country. And from Sacramento to Savannah, classroom shelves were stocked and backpacks stuffed to the brim with brand new books from First Book.

    For over 20 years, we’ve been in the fortunate position to help teachers get the books their students need to start school off strong. And this year is no different. In fact, we’re now offering more tools than ever before to help kids in need read, learn and succeed. In addition to books, our network of 130,000 educators and program leaders will also be able to access games, bookmarks, school supplies and interactive learning tools for the kids they serve.

    Check out some of the cool new tools we’re offering on the First Book Marketplace – just in time for back to school:

    KV550_TealBackpacks
    How else will kids carry all their great new books?

    JuniorHighKit2014Kits for Kidz
    Notebooks, pencils, scissors, a ruler – these ready-made kits contain 30 essential items required for an entire school year. Available for primary, elementary and junior high school.

    victor_technology_v30_ra_cartonCalculators
    Help kids stay on track during math class with brand new calculators. Scientific and pocket calculators available in carton or single quantities.

    neon_fanned_neonMark-My-Time Digital Bookmarks
    Vibrant digital bookmarks enable kids (and their caregivers) to track their reading time and feel a sense of accomplishment.

    coins_count_lmCoins Count!
    Coins Count! is a fun board game that helps kids make sense of money and learn the value of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar bills.

    Bug Barn Kitbug_barn_image
    This fun viewing barn and tools helps lets do hands-on science explorations and take a closer look at the natural world.

    Do you work with kids in need?  Sign up with First Book today to access all these great learning resources.

    The post More Than Books for Back to School appeared first on First Book Blog.

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    17. Craft Books Giveaway

    Extra!

    Attention, all crafty people!

    We are offering you a special opportunity for a chance to enter to win 2 free craft books: Felted Friends and Tissue Paper Crafts. 

    Tissue Paper Crafts and Felted Friends book covers

    So cute, right? But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter

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    So right now you may be thinking. . .

    YOU: Oh no! I’m not a STACKS Blast subscriber and I don’t even know what the STACKS Blast is!

    ME: The STACKS Blast is our free monthly e-mail newsletter. You give us your e-mail address and an e-mail address for one of your parents, and once a month (usually around the 15th), we send you a newsletter full of games, quizzes, books, and a sweepstakes you can enter.

    YOU: Cool! I want to get that newsletter! But wait, I want to enter to win those craft books now. How do I enter?

    ME: Patience, grasshopper! First, you sign up for the newsletter

    . Then you must wait until August 15 when Hooray! the STACKS Blast will arrive in your e-mail inbox. Hurry up and open it! Inside, you’ll see a special section for the STACKS Giveaway. That’s where you enter. OK?

    Don’t forget to sign up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter

     and enter the sweepstakes. Good luck!

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

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    18. Game Review: Mountain by David OReilly

    David OReilly, a blazing star of the contemporary animation scene, released his first game titled Mountain on July 1st.

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    19. Minecraft Would You Rather Quiz

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    Minecraft Would You Rather

    It’s the game that’s taking over the world and has people totally obsessed. It’s like building with LEGO bricks, becoming an engineer, and a little bit of killing zombies. You know what I’m talking about: MINECRAFT.

    If you play Minecraft, you will like today’s Would You Rather Quiz. And if not, these choices might intrigue you anyway! So jump in. Would you rather . . .Minecraft Redstone Handbook book cover

    1. Be attacked by a zombie OR fall off a bottomless pit?

    2. Drink a sugar potion to run faster OR a golden carrot potion to see better in the dark?

    3. Eat a poison potato OR rotten flesh?

    4. Start digging a mine OR start building a farm?

    5. Get trapped in a dungeon OR burned by lava?

    6. Build a secret underwater glass hideout OR build a roller coaster?

    7. Play Minecraft OR watch videos of people playing Minecraft?

    Let us know your answers in the Comments below. Before nightfall . . . and the Creepers come out.

    —Ratha, STACKS Writer

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    20. STACKS Field Day Games and Activities

    Game on!

    It’s Field Day, STACKS Style!

    Does your school have a Field Day? It’s usually a day near the end of the school year where you wear a certain color t-shirt, and play against other “teams” at your school. They have fun games like tug-of-war, kickball, water balloon toss, etc. Well, we have fun games on the STACKS too, so we thought we could have a STACKS Field Day with our games! Just complete the following events to earn bragging rights.

    Here’s the lineup:

    Make a poster in our Poster Maker Game

    . You can make it beautiful . . . or ridiculous!!

    Build your own robot at the Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot

     site!

    Play Beat the Bell.

    Collect superhero “powers” and avoid junk food. It’s totally addictive!

    Help that famous chicken cross the road in (what else!) the Chicken Road Game.

    It will make you gobble with delight.

    Feed the monsters what they want in Goosebumps Monster Feast

    … or they might end up eating YOU for dinner!

    Compete in 1 or all of these events, and let us know your high score in the Comments. Hope you’re having an awesome last month of school!

    Go team!

    —Ratha, Stacks Writer

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    21. App of the Week: Two Dots

    Title: Two Dots
    Platform: iOS 6.1 or later
    Cost: Free (with in-app purchases)

    Just about a year ago I reviewed the addictive and fun game, Dots. Now there’s a sequel, Two Dots, and it’s just as addictive and just as fun. But, you don’t have to take my word for it.


    There’s a lot of strategy and critical thinking that has to go into successful playing of Two Dots. That’s what makes it so much fun. Teens, or you, playing the game have to figure out what moves are required in order to get to the objective presented by the game. If objectives aren’t reached lives are lost. If all five lives are lost game play halts for a number of minutes. Who wants to stop when ensconced in the fun? And, if you don’t want to stop then you have to figure out how to meet the objectives. It’s a vicious fun cycle.

    Check-out the screencast below to learn more and then try it out yourself and with the teens with whom you work. But, be prepared, all schedules should be clear so that you and the teens are free to play for quite awhile.

    For more app recommendations, visit the YALSA App of the Week Archive. If you have an app you’d like us to review, let us know!

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    22. New ‘Cuphead’ Trailer Released at E3

    Studio MDHR has delayed their Fleischer-esque videogame Cuphead until 2015, but they just released a new trailer for the gaming show E3 with new footage that is even more impressive (and more Fleischer-y) than the earlier preview.

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    23. Weeds into Toys

    Arrowhead Weed toy

    Hi again folks. What have you been up to? I hope it’s getting warm and green wherever you are.

    Here in Charlotte it’s very warm now, too warm, but it’s been exciting to see all the flowers make an appearance, and inevitably, there are lots of weeds popping up, too. Lately I’ve been thinking about the things my friends and I used to do with various weeds when we were kids.

    • There was the weeds-into-pop-guns trick, pictured above (arrowhead weeds, I just learned they’re called).
    • Clover chains
    • Trying to make a grass blade whistle (okay, not weeds, but still counts)
    • Of course making a wish on dandelion heads

    Know any others?

    I’ve been so focused on my writing goals that I haven’t been doing a lot of crafts and (interesting) cooking, though I do have a few things l’d like to share in the coming weeks. Our last day of school is today, which means my schedule will be quite a bit different from here until the end of August.

    I’ll try to be here as much as I can, but you may find me more frequently on Twitter and Instagram, since those are easy for quick snippets. My Twitter handle is @emilysmithpearc and I’m on Instagram as Emily Smith Pearce.

    Good news! I reached the goals I set for myself with both my nonfiction and YA novel manuscripts. This is big. So much writing done this year, though it’s easy to wish I had gotten even more done.

    Currently reading: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger and The Great Green Heist by Varian Johnson (both purchased at Park Road Books). Currently watching: Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black.

     


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    24. TREASURE MAZE at PLAYFUL ARTS in Den Bosch

    Hey! Guess what!
    I am running Treasure Maze again, this time in Den Bosch, the Netherlands - not at all far away from Amsterdam. It will be part of the absolutely wonderful Playful Arts Festival. Tell everyone who can get to it, it will be the best thing ever! 19th to 22nd of this month - that's this week!!


    My game will be built out of one hundred and fifty meters of cardboard. I think that's all I really need to say. Just take a moment to imagine that. - Yep, it's even better than that.



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    25. Blind Drawings

    Here's a fun thing we did at the pub.
    Close your eyes, then someone tells you what to draw: an animal that's doing one specific thing.
    Here are mine:

    Lion eating whale

    Mammoth trying to eat watermelon

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