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I Heart Out of Print…

I’m a sucker for Out of Print! This is my third shirt from them (just got it in the mail today- and I only ordered it a few days ago!) I am friends with them on Facebook and they had a 20% off code the other day for the Wuthering Heights t-shirt. I got another one at BEA this year – The Great Gatsby – which I love, but the eyes on the cover fall in very unfortunate locations on my chest. I probably should have realized this before I bought it, but oh well. I don’t really think it looks that bad on me, but whatever. (By the way, that is not me in the picture!) I also have the gray Pride and Prejudice tee. They have all kinds of great items with the classic book covers. Just waiting for them to make a cover for my iPad mini!!

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The Great Gatsby tee from Out of Print

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Picture Book Review

I love, love, LOVE! the new Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld book: Exclamation Mark ……!!!

image from Goodreads

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

Great concept, great design, great story! Short and sweet, the illustrations are simple and bold, blending perfectly with the story of this little exclamation mark who tries so hard to fit in, until he realizes his full potential. I love that this story essentially takes place on that gray/oatmeal-colored, almost-newsprintish, wide-lined paper with the little dashed line in between each that I used in elementary school to practice writing my letters. A fun story for any age, but also a great book to read when learning about punctuation!

This gets 5 Goodreads stars from me!!

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Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos image from Amazon.com

This super-cute picture book by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri is a fun read for ages 4 & older. It’ll tell you all you need to know about how to throw a successful taco party for dragons: how they like their tacos and how they don’t (i.e. NO spicy salsa.) Because, of course, it’s something you’ll probably need to know in the future. The illustrations have some hilarious details that will crack you up – my personal favorites describe the different types of parties dragons like….too funny! The end gets a little “spicy” but it’s nothing a few mild tacos won’t fix 😉

Check it out!

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YA Fiction Review

The Dark UnwindingThe Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of The Dark Unwinding at BEA this past spring and I was eager to read it. Mine didn’t have the pretty cover, but I had a postcard with what it would look like. I defintely really enjoyed reading this story. I thought the characters were very well done. The main character was interesting because she wasn’t your typical saintly, innocent heroine. She had a job to do and her own interests to look after, especially in a time when females typically had no income without a husband or someone to take care of them.

It was a well-told tale, full of intruging imagery and mysteries that kept me wondering. I did crave a bit more darkness and maybe some more romance. But it is still a creepy and chilling tale, without even being supernatural, which is usually the case for these types of Victorian/Gothic/Clock-work-ish novels. Because of this, I would recommend it for younger teens +.

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Eric Carle Signing & Meeting Oliver Jeffers!

I have been completely delinquent about posting – ugh. And I still haven’t posted about my trip to BEA! Planning my summer reading program combined with changing over to a new catalog and circulation system = zero extra time.

However – I did have an amazing day at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with my friend and co-worker, Ali. As a graduation present for Ali, I planned to take her to the museum for the Eric Carle signing. We were both so excited to meet him! I can’t believe I took classes for my MFA program for 2 years and never met him – I did visit his studio once though. Very cool.

So we met Eric and got some books signed. I had two signed for the library – one will be a summer reading prize for a lucky kid!

   

    

But what Ali didn’t know, was that I had some secret inside info about another author/illustrator who was going to be there to meet Eric Carle….Oliver Jeffers! We are both huge fans of all of Jeffer’s amazing picture books (see my paper on on of his books.) So when I told Ali she should buy Oliver Jeffer’s new book and she said she probably should, since she was going to marry him and all, and I said she could propose to him right now since he was standing over there…..the look on her face was priceless! It was pretty funny. So we stalked him for awhile and when he came into the book store (managed by the amazing Eliza Brown) we asked him to sign a few books for us! He was so nice and he signed our books (with little drawings!) and chatted with us. I think we were both walking on air when we left the museum! All in all, a successful day in the life of two children’s room librarians 🙂

       

I just found this picture on Oliver’s tumblr page 🙂 How cute are they? Click HERE or on the image for more on Oliver Jeffer’s Diary.

Oliver Jeffers & Eric Carle – two incredibly talented guys (http://oliverjeffers.tumblr.com/)

This is my cat Charlie asleep near the books and looking very cute.

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BEA is Almost Here!

Super excited to be traveling to NYC to attend BEA (BookExpo America) bright and early Tuesday morning! Unfortunately, I will not be able to see Stephen Colbert at the Tuesday Author Breakfast (boo) but I have tickets to the Wednesday Children’s Author Breakfast (with 2 of my favorite authors: John Green and Lois Lowry!) and also to the Thursday Breakfast featuring Kirstie Alley and special appearance by Jimmy Fallon! (my secret t.v. boyfriend.)

Lots of authors I’m excited to see and LOTS of galleys I cannot wait to get my hands on! Maybe I’ll even have some to give away….perhaps. 😉 I will use some of the autographed copies for summer reading prizes for the kids and teens at the library – some I’ll keep just for me!

 

(images from PW.com)

I’ll be going with my library director and another librarian I work with. (And contrary to popular belief, Librarians DO know how to party!)

And luckily I now have a new phone – yes, I broke down and got the iPhone 4. (Not the 4S – couldn’t quite rationalize the extra $100.00) But this phone is better than the laptop I am currently typing on so I am very happy to have it! Plus, the BEA mobile app works great on the iPhone – so excited to use it! I’ll try to post pics while I’m there using – yep! – my new phone 🙂

Just did a bit of shopping for the trip (Target & Banana Factory Store – best 2 stores around!) And thanks to my very good friend and popular author of  Shop Talk – the blog from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art I will be attending as a VIP, which I think gets me free coffee in the VIP lounge. I will definitely need it!

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Picturebook Review

Ballywhinney GirlBallywhinney Girl by Eve Bunting

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I usually try to post about a picture book on Friday’s for my blog, but this one is not so much a picture book as it is a story book with illustrations. I really enjoyed reading this and I think that I would have enjoyed it when I was younger too. I’d put somewhere around 1st grade and up. Younger ones might get a little freaked out. I can totally see myself being completely fascinated by this story in elementary school, especially at that age when every kid is obsessed with mummies. Ballywhinney Girl is not about Egyptian mummies, of course.
It’s the story of a young girl in Ireland named Maeve who discovers a mummified girl about her own age in a peat bog with her grandfather. The experts tell her the girl lived a thousand years ago. Maeve is curious about this girl and imagines what she was like. She is also understandably upset by the discovery of the mummy, who is named “Ballywhinney Girl” after the place she was found, and seems to be sorting through her feelings about a this girl who could have been just like her. The illustrations are gentle and comforting, even when depicting the mummy, and makes the story of a dead girl less scary.
There is also information at the end about peat bog mummies which is very interesting. It mentions that the Ballywhinney Girl herself is fictional, but many such mummies have been found over the years.

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