Saturday, October 23, 2010

Scaredy-Cat, Splat!
Written by Rob Scotton

This Halloween, Splat the cat is hoping to win the title of the scariest cat in his class. However, he is sure his chances are low after being scared by a tiny spider and told that his costume and jack-o'-lantern are not that scary. Will Splat go home disappointed, or end up winning the scariest cat award after an interesting turn of events? Swing by Dragonwings to pick up a copy of this adorable Halloween picture book!
The Sandwich Swap
Written by Rania Al Abdullah with Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrated by Tricia Tusa

Enter the world of  best friends Lily and Salma. They do all of their school activities together. They draw pictures together, play on the swings together, jump rope together, and even eat their lunches together. However, the girls do have one dissimilarity: their sandwiches. Lily loves her peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but Salma has a soft spot for her hummus and pita sandwich. Will the resulting food fight continue, or will the girls be able to resolve the conflict? Stop by Dragonwings to find out!
Rubia and the Three Osos
Written by Susan Middleton Elya
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Join Rubia and the Three Osos for a retelling of the classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. When Rubia stumbles across a cute little casa (house), she finds it necessary to try out la sopa (the soup), las sillas (the chairs), and las camas (the beds). When los osos (the bears) return, they chase Rubia away. Can you guess what happens next? I'll leave it as una sorpresa (a surprise)! Stop by Dragonwings today to pick up your copy of this cute English/Spanish twist of a classic story.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

John Green at the Waupaca Book Festival Oct. 1-2

Waupaca Book Festival Oct. 1-2

  • John Green - Keynote Speaker 
    • Friday Oct. 1 Waupaca High School 3:30PM 
  • John Green with Amy Krouse Rosenthal
    • Saturday Oct. 2 Waupaca Rec Center 9:00AM

Waupaca Book Festival

Can you believe it?  John Green, the bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson, will be the keynote speaker for the Waupaca Book Festival this weekend!  This is an author who usually speaks to huge crowds at conferences and conventions in big cities across the country, and you can see him for free right here in Waupaca.  No traffic jams, conference fees, plane fare, or vacation time necessary.  You won't even need binoculars to see him.

John's novels have received many awards, including both the Printz Medal and a Printz Honor. And his popular video blog Brotherhood 2.0 has been watched more than 30 million times.

He will be speaking at 3:30 at the Waupaca High School on Friday, October 1. The event is free and open to the public.  I guarantee it will be one of the funniest and most intelligent presentations you've ever seen.  John is young, relaxed, naturally hilarious, and speaks to teens through his novels better than almost any other author writing today.

His books will be for sale in the lobby before and after the program, and he will be signing books after he speaks.  You can socialize with John, and nearly all of the authors coming to the Festival, on Friday evening at the Green Fountain Inn. Then, on Saturday morning, John will join his friend and fellow author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, at the Rec Center at 9:00 AM for a joint presentation, which could be about almost anything, but will definitely be entertaining.

John's books are available at Dragonwings right now; they will be sold at the events, at the autograph garden at the library, and after the event at Dragonwings, in case you missed them everywhere else.  Here they are:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Eight Spinning Planets

8 Spinning Planets
by Brian James illustrated by Russell Benfanti
$9.99 (Scholastic)

This appealing book is a perfect introduction to the planets for the younger set (ages 3-5).  Each planet is described in four lines of simple rhyming text, a photo detail with a single fact, and the planets spread across the sky as shiny, colorful spheres appearing through cut-outs in each exciting double page illustration.  This book grabs your attention and holds it all the way to Neptune (little Pluto is identified in the background).  I'm finding it hard to describe well, but this book is awesome!