Monday, April 28, 2008

April Event Photos

Guests at Dragonwings Corduroy Bear Event were very busy decorating activity books, making medallions, and playing games.

Some very fancy guests came to Dragonwings Fancy Nancy Tea Party in April.

May Events

Mother's Day Gift-Making Workshops
Registration: 715-256-9186 or
Friday May 2 Rainbow Art 1:00 pm Ages 6-10 Fee $7.50 This Friday is an early dismissal day for Waupaca schools, and a perfect time for an art workshop. We will be creating several projects including a Mother's Day card, using rainbow art paper, stencils and stickers. Each student will receive a rainbow art kit with tools, paper pack, and a project book.

Saturday May 10 Beading Workshop
Ages 6-10 Fee $7.50 Here's your chance to make a beautiful bracelet for your Mother, and have plenty of beads left over for yourself and for more gifts. We will learn some basic bead design principles for your one of a kind jewelry. Each student will receive a bead kit in a hard plastic case with nine compartments for 150 beads in a variety of shapes and colors along with several strands of beading string.

Saturday May 24 Memorial Day Weekend
I Spy Treasure Hunt Open House
Games and prizes throughout the day - more info soon!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

More Favorite Books for Spring '08

I’m Bad by Kate and Jim McMullan

$16.99 HarperCollins Ages 2-5

This T-Rex is really bad, really big and really hungry, but although he’s huge, fast and sneaky, he just can’t catch anything for dinner. He finally throws a spectacular tantrum in an explosion of color, which brings some surprising help his way. Iridescent illustrations overflowing the pages in vivid orange, yellow, purple and lime green are filled with action and humor. By the creators of I Stink and I’m Dirty, I’m Bad will be a favorite read-aloud, begged for again and again.

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! By Mo Willems

Hyperion $14.99

Once more ultimate happiness is almost within pigeon’s grasp, if only he could have a puppy, life would be perfect. Maybe, but then again, maybe not. This is one pigeon who is not afraid to express his inner child, especially when he wants something. He’ll try everything – flattery, logic, tantrums, but is a puppy really the answer to finding happiness or even satisfaction? For ages 3 and up.

Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic

HarperCollins $16.99

Duck is making soup, but it still needs a little something to spice it up. While he is out in the garden choosing herbs, his friends troop into the kitchen and immediately suspect that duck has fallen into the soup kettle. Dumping the soup into a colander, they are shocked to find what might be eyeballs and webbed feet (but luckily turn out to be onions and carrots). Poor duck, his soup is ruined, but at least he hasn't become...Duck Soup. For ages 2-6.

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Dial $16.99 Ages 9-12

The boisterous, warm-hearted, Beaumont family has a major secret. Each member of the family develops a surprise savvy on the day they turn thirteen. Will Mibs get a supernatural power like her brother Fish who can cause hurricanes, or Rocket who creates electricity or Grandpa who could move mountains? It’s Mibs’ turn to be struck by her savvy, but her birthday goes all wrong when Poppa is badly hurt in an accident. Will Mibbs’ new savvy help save her father’s life or will it be another source of problems for the family? Mibbs only knows that she needs to get to her Poppa in the hospital and find out, which is why she, her siblings and the preacher’s kids stow away on a bible salesman’s broken-down, old, school bus, and ride into a world of trouble.

My Dog May Be a Genius by Jack Prelutsky

Greenwillow $18.99

Over 100 funny poems by the first ever U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate. Some of my favorites are A Letter From Camp, which recounts a series of dreadful accidents and mishaps written by a very happy camper; also My Brother Poked a Porcupine about a family’s misbegotten nature walks, and He Thought He Saw a Crocodile in which a man mistakenly sees danger lurking everywhere until one day…uh-oh, he’s right. A great family gift this is a very funny read-aloud for ages 5-12.

Adventures of Riley - Safari in South Africa, Project Panda

By Amanda Lumry and Laura Hurwitz

Scholastic $16.99 Ages 4-8

Riley can’t believe how lucky he is to be invited to join Uncle Max, a world-famous conservation biologist, and his family on their wildlife expeditions around the world. A clever mix of stunning photography and cartoon art, draws readers into each scene as Riley and his cousins explore the habitats and animals in exotic regions. Colorful sidebars from real scientists have quick facts about each species, while the storylines will keep even young children interested. A unique approach to learning about endangered animals, poaching and conservation.

The Golly-whopper Games by Jody Feldman

Greenwillow $16.99 ages 8-12

Gil Goodson beats the odds and wins a chance to enter the Golly-Whopper Games. The prizes are fantastic, but the games are tough challenges, and Gil is part of a team of kids who find it difficult to work together. Also, despite high security and hidden cameras, someone on his team is cheating and it gets worse when they have to compete against each other. Readers can try to solve the clues to each game along with the players, who are racing against the clock while suspense builds. With a surprise twist at the end, and a very satisfying conclusion, The Golly-Whopper Games is a perfect book for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Corduroy Bear 40th Anniversary Event

Dragonwings Bookstore is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic children’s book Corduroy by Don Freeman with a Corduroy Bear Event and a Button Guessing Contest on April 26.

Written during 1967 and published in 1968, Corduroy, and the sequel A Pocket for Corduroy, became so popular that they inspired over two dozen related board books, lift-the-flap books, and activity books. A newly released Anniversary Edition of the original Corduroy story adds eight pages of interactive bonus materials, which include envelopes filled with copies of early manuscripts, letters Don Freeman sent to his editor, and his very first sketches of Corduroy and Lisa, the girl who gives the little bear a new button and a home.

At the Corduroy Bear Event children will play button toss, I Spy and guessing games, make button crafts, and listen to stories while they sort buttons. The event, for ages 4-8, will take place at Dragonwings Bookstore on Saturday April 26 at 3:00. The cost is $5.00 and includes all supplies and a Corduroy book for each child. Reservations can be made by calling 715-256-9186 or signing up at the store at 108 N. Main St. Waupaca.

A fifteen inch plush Corduroy bear is the prize for the Button Guessing Contest. The prize bear and a button jar are on display at Dragonwings and everyone is invited to stop in on Saturday April 26 before 3:00 to guess how many buttons are in the jar. During the party the buttons will be sorted and counted, and the closest guess will win the big, plush bear.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Favorite New Books

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

When Audrey breaks up with her musician boyfriend he writes a song about it and, by chance and the internet, the song becomes a hit making Audrey a reluctant, national celebrity. With paparazzi following her everywhere, Audrey’s private life is suddenly splashed across the internet and the fan magazines. How can she get her life back and maybe even fall in love again, when everyone who wants to be famous is trying to be her new best friend? With song lists for every chapter, this book would make a great gift for a teen who wants something fun and thoughtful to read.

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park
by Steve Kluger

Kluger uses e-mails, notes, essays, journals, and instant messaging to hilarious effect showing how T.C., his family, and his friends try to figure out baseball, romance, homework, sign language, and a little boy’s addiction to Mary Poppins. You will be glad that you had a chance to spend a crazy year with this big-hearted group, who value friendship above everything else.

The Big Field by Mike Lupica

Another winning story about kids playing league baseball, this time with a view from shortstop and second base. After Hutch is voted team captain, their hot-shot player, Darryl, becomes angry and sarcastic causing Hutch to lose his cool and let his team down. His deep love of baseball helps Hutch make amends and pull his team back together in time for the championship game. Whether or not you love sports, it’s easy to get hooked by Lupica’s stories. For ages 10-14.

A Lot of Otters board book by Barbara Helen Berger

A child is floating in a box reading a bedtime story as friendly otters drift near. When tears from Mother Moon fall into the sea turning into stars, the otters frolic with the stars, catching Mother Moon’s attention. She swoops down to cradle her missing, sleepy child, who is “safe with a lot of otters in a sea of stars.” As in Berger’s Grandfather Twilight, the steady, soothing rhythm and gentle, lush illustrations create a sense of calm and peace, which is always welcome at bedtime.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

April Events Calendar

To register for events: 715-256-9186
or e-mail dragonwingsbookstore

Seating is limited - remember to register early.


Time: 3:00 Reservations: $10
Dress up in your most glamorous costumes for this absolutely exquisite Tea Party. Delightful crafts, enthralling stories, and delicious treats to celebrate Fancy Nancy's new book Bonjour, Butterfly. Read more

Wed. April 23 - Games Day
Try out these popular games and earn Dragonwings Discount Coupons - Apples to Apples, Amazing Labyrinth, Rat-a-Tat Cat, Sleeping Queens, and Set - while munching on freshly baked cookies. Registration opens April 15. Seating is limited. This is a FREE event.

Friday April 25 - Thumbprint Art
Make your own mini-masterpieces of cartoon fun using your fingerprints and a few special doodles. We'll show you how - all materials are provided along with an after-school snack of freshly baked cookies. Registration opens April 15. Seating is limited. This is a FREE event.

Saturday, April 26 Corduroy Bear's Anniversary Party
Time: 3:00 Reservations: $5
Corduroy Bear first lost his button and found a home exactly forty years ago! Join Dragonwings Bookstore in celebrating 40 years of Corduroy stories at a Button Party with crafts and games. Guess how many buttons are in Corduroy's jar and you could win a big, plush Corduroy Bear!

Fancy Nancy Tea Party

Bonjour, Nancy!

Dragonwings Bookstore will host a Fancy Nancy Tea Party on Saturday, April 12 to celebrate Bonjour Butterfly, the new release in the best-selling Fancy Nancy series.

In her latest story Nancy and her family are invited to a very posh affair - her grandparents' fiftieth wedding anniversary party. Nancy should be over the moon as her parents pack all of their fanciest clothes, but unfortunately, Nancy is double-booked; her best friend's birthday party is the same day. Nancy is devastated, and for the first time she goes for days without feeling her usual joyful celebration of life or wearing her spectacular outfits in honor of every day events.

As always, the loving support of Nancy's family helps her recover her sunny nature, and after a heartfelt apology, she begins to enjoy herself and have a fabulous time at the party. Of course, only the fanciest words can describe Nancy's feelings or the stupendous party decorations or scrumptious food. Once again, Fancy Nancy's popular books entertain readers while introducing them to new vocabulary and even French phrases.

The Bonjour Butterfly Tea Party will begin at 3:00 PM at Dragonwings Bookstore at 108 N. Main St. Waupaca. Guests are invited to dress like Nancy and be ready to create butterfly wings and more crafts while enjoying cocoa and cookies served on fancy china.

Reservations are $10 and include all supplies, refreshments, party favors, and a Fancy Nancy book. Seating is limited. To make a reservation call 715-256-9186 or e-mail us at: