Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.
100 Cupboards is the first book of a new fantasy adventure, written in the best world-hopping tradition and reinvented in N. D. Wilson’s inimitable style.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Moon fell down one night...
Fell upon a farmer's lawn,
Rolled about in sheer delight
On fields he'd only shined upon.
When Moon falls down one night, he and an adventure-minded cow roan up hills and down, wander through city streets, and finally return back home at dawn. A joyous and lyrical romp, this picture book captures the magic and wonder of seeing familiar things in a whole new way. (taken from goodreads)
Monday, January 18, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover, 48pp
Age Range: For infants or children in preschool
Edition Number: 25
Edition Description: 25th Anniversary Edition
Synopsis from Barnes and Noble
Max is sent to bed without supper and imagines sailing away to the land of Wild Things,where he is made king.
Where the Wild Things Are is a 1963 children's picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, originally published by Harper & Row. The book has been adapted into other media several times, including an animated short, an opera, and, in 2009, a live-action feature film adaptation and video game. According to HarperCollins, the book has sold over 19 million copies worldwide as of 2008.
My son brought this home from preschool a couple of years ago, a gift from his teacher. he would curl up in their lap and have them read the story of Max and his forest over and over again. Let the Wild Rumpus start!
Monday, January 11, 2010
details Hardcover, 40 pages
From Goodreads..." New York Times bestselling author/artist Loren Long creates an unforgettable children's classic.
Otis is a special tractor. He loves his farmer and he loves to work. And he loves the little calf in the next stall, whom he purrs to sleep with his soft motor. In fact, the two become great friends: they play in the fields, leap hay bales, and play ring-around-the-rosy by Mud Pond.
But when Otis is replaced with the big yellow tractor, he is cast away behind the barn, unused, unnoticed . . . until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. Then there is only one tractor—and it’s not big or yellow—who can come to the rescue. It is little old Otis who saves his friend. It is Otis who saves the day. In a wonderful new palette, and in the tradition of classics like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Story of Ferdinand, Loren Long has crafted an unforgettable new story—and character—celebrating the power of friendship and perseverance. "
Sunday, January 10, 2010
5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis: After finding a mysterious, handmade field guide in the attic of the ramshackle old mansion they've just moved into, Jared; his twin brother, Simon; and their older sister, Mallory, discover that there's a magical and often capricious world existing parallel to our own — the world of faerie. Now their entire New York Times bestselling adventure is available in one exquisite volume. Featuring all five books in the original Spiderwick Chronicles series, this handsome edition also includes three recently unearthed bonus chapters; an exclusive "making of" section filled with early sketches of characters like the Grace kids, Thimbletack, and Hogsqueal; and, as a special added bonus, an all-star gallery where other popular artists put their spin on the characters and creatures that populate the world of Spiderwick. Fans and novices alike will treasure this handy, all-in-one introduction to the world of Spiderwick!
I discovered this series three years ago when my son was in Second Grade and I immediately fell in love with it. The original five books : The Field Guide; The Seeing Stone; Lucinda's Secret; The Ironwood Tree and The Wrath of Mulgarath are now packaged in one edition.
Their lives seem fairly ordinary until unexplained things begin to happen. Things that Jared gets blamed for doing. Looking for explanations for the occurrences, Jared starts to explore the old house and he soon discovers a hidden room. Within this room is a piece of parchment and a journal mysteriously titled "Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You".
As strange things continue to occur, the reader is introduced to faeries, boggarts and brownies. And by no means are these ordinary fantastical creatures seen on children's TV shows. They are magical, naughty and dangerous.
If your children like to explore magical worlds and enjoy delicate, detailed illustrations, please check out this wonderful compilation of all five original Spiderwick books. When you are done and are ready for more, you can move onto the Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles series. The last book in that series, the Wyrm King, was released in September 2009.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Book Review- 20th Century Children's Treasury: PIcture Books and Stories to Read Aloud by Janet Schulman
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
This new paperback, film edition for Percy Jackson is on book shelves now. It was released on Jan. 5th and is $7.99 list price.