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|
|Illustration by Sarah Watts|
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.Add a Comment
"Pixel Pioneers: A Brief History of Graphics" is a 5-part documentary by Stuart Brown about the evolution of graphics in videogames.Add a Comment
This is the gameplay trailer for Armikrog, the stop motion animated game by Doug TenNapel and Pencil Test Studios.Add a Comment
Have 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.
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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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.Add a Comment
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
Let’s start with Twiggy the dwarf. As usual, here are the rough sketches, tight sketches, color studies and final paintings.
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.|
|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|
Join Us for a Month-Long Reading Challenge!
Join your fellow STACKers and take the Halloween Book Challenge. Here’s how the challenge will work. You pledge to read at least 1 new book every week based on that week’s theme. So every week, it will be a different theme and you will choose a new book to read to match the theme for that week. Tell us in the Comments what book you are reading and then go to the Reading Buzz Message Board to tell us more about your book and chat with other participants in the Halloween Book Challenge.
Oct 1-7 Halloween Colors
Read a book with black or orange in the book cover.
Oct 8-14 Creepy Setting
Choose a book that takes place somewhere creepy like a cemetery, a dark forest, a haunted house, an abandoned amusement park, an old castle . . .
Oct 15-21 Supernatural Abilities
Read a book that has witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, zombie, ghosts, or a character who has special abilities.
Oct 22-31 Trick or Treat
This week’s book can be anything related to Halloween, costumes, candy, tricks, or treats.
If you are participating in the Halloween Book Challenge, let everyone know by changing your Avatar profile into the book t-shirt, and make it orange! And leave a Comment telling us which Halloween Colors book you will read for this week.
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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:
Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurimi Patterns for Sanrio Friends
Nothing will prepare you for the cuteness of this blog post, so if you think it might hurt you, please look away. If, on the other hand, you love Hello Kitty, and you love to make adorable crafts, then keep reading!
Hello Kitty Crochet, by Mei Li Lee, is a new book that teaches you how to crochet Hello Kitty, her friends, her family, and lots of other characters. There are instructions for making over 20 cute and cuddly crocheted characters. And each one is seriously adorable!
What do you think? Are you crying from the cuteness? Leave a Comment!
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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.
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.
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.
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…
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 ?
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.
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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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:
How else will kids carry all their great new books?
Kits 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.
Help kids stay on track during math class with brand new calculators. Scientific and pocket calculators available in carton or single quantities.
Mark-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! 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 Kit
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.Add a Comment
We are offering you a special opportunity for a chance to enter to win 2 free craft books: Felted Friends and Tissue Paper Crafts.
So cute, right? But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter.
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 Newsletterand enter the sweepstakes. Good luck! Add a Comment
David OReilly, a blazing star of the contemporary animation scene, released his first game titled Mountain on July 1st.Add a Comment
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.
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.
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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 Robotsite!
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!
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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.
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) May 31, 2014
I was up most of the night playing TwoDots. http://t.co/BopcpfxrpB
— DOTS (@playdots) May 31, 2014
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.Add a Comment
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.Add a Comment
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.
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.
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|