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! 

Puppies and Kittens

Magic Flip Book

Puppies and Kittens Now You See It! by Nicole Corse
$5.99 (Scholastic)

Every other page compares how kittens and puppies are the same or different, whether they are sleeping, eating, or playing.  Each two page spread has facts on one side and a full page photo on the other.  The surprise is that when you flip it from the top you see all kittens, and when you flip it from the bottom you only see puppies!  How can that be?  Come in and try it for yourself.  Amazing.

3-D Thrillers!

Wow! Jungle animals leap off the pages in our 3-D Thrillers!

The latest addition to the 3-D Thrillers series is Big Cats and Amazing Jungle Animals.  Learn about the jungle from gorgeous to terrifying in this action packed book.  The detailed photos come alive when you look at them through the special tiger-framed 3-D glasses included in this dynamic book!  ($4.99 Scholastic)

100 Most Dangerous/Disgusting Things on the Planet

One of our bestselling science books over the past year has been 100 Most Dangerous Things on the Planet by Anna Claybourne (Scholastic $7.99).  Do you know what to do if you are sinking in quicksand, lost in a cave, or attacked by a lion?  This is a survival guidebook that could save you from over 100 possible disasters and dangers.  Loaded with scary photos, risk ratings, and practical tips, this book could save your life!

Only one book could compete with dangerous things for popularity and that would be 100 Most Disgusting Things on the Planet, also by Anna Claybourne (I wonder about her).  Giving a yuck rating to everything from rotten eggs, sweaty feet, and roasted spiders to maggot cheese and pond slime, this guidebook is ready to prepare you for the truly gross things in the world or in your fridge!  (Scholastic $7.99)


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
$17.99 Scholastic

If you haven't read Mockingjay, the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy, STOP HERE.

Okay, I warned you.  So, now...aside from how glad I was to get back to the Districts and find out what was happening to everyone, I have a few questions.  Why was it necessary to the plot to have Katniss and her team break away and try to get to the City Circle on their own?  They wasted days in hiding, and lost the lives of members of the team, (like Finnick!) for no particular reason that I could see.  They didn't blaze a trail, clear a path, or cause a diversion.  The rebels and even the medics ended up reaching the Circle at the same time that they did.  Was their solo effort foreseen and figured into Coin's master plan?  Also, what was Peeta doing after they separated and were trying to reach the Circle?  And later, why did Gale receive a fancy job in District 2, when his tactics were the ones used to kill the children and the medics?  Lastly, when Coin proposed one last round of Hunger Games, what was Katniss hoping that Haymitch would understand about her vote?  Was she already thinking seriously about betraying Coin, and trying not to tip her off? 

I loved the Hunger Games trilogy; I thought that it ended well and that the relationships between Katniss and Gale and Peeta evolved as they did for clear reasons, but there is still lots of room for discussion.  I think it's a mark of a good book, when you care enough to want to know more. - Ellen

A Curse Dark as Gold

A Curse Dark as Gold
by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Bunce builds this incredible young adult novel around the tale of Rumplestiltskin, creating a believable 18th century world. Charlotte Miller and her sister, Rosie are overwhelmed with loss when their father passes away. Faced with debts they must repay and a mill that seems to have a mind of its own, the girls must decide how to move forward. Everyone is telling the girls they must sell the mill and move on, but young Charlotte has other ideas, and with a stubborn nature, she fights to keep the woolen mill she loves. The challenges she faces, however, matched with her determination, force Charlotte into dark deals that later threaten more than just the mill. This novel is a successful blend of fairy tale, dark mystery, and historical fiction and was awarded the William C. Morris YA Debut Award. Readers of this book might also enjoy What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell, another excellent young adult story.


by J. T. Dutton

Kelly Louise's mom is sweeping them off to Heaven. No, not that Heaven, but Heaven, Iowa, where Kelly's grandma, Nana, and her weirdo cousin, Natalie, live. Kelly's mom has whisked them off from time to time before, so that's nothing new, but Kelly wonders what the reason is this time. Kelly gets off to a rough start spilling orange soda on Nana's white carpet and getting ditched by Natalie on her first day at Carrie Nation High. The extra strange thing about Heaven is the recent discovery of an abandoned infant in a cornfield, which has the whole town in a frenzy. When mom eventually clues Kelly in to why they happen to be in Heaven just now, she begins to realize just how deceptive people can be. Honesty forces you into the past, a place that is not always heavenly. Visit J. T. Dutton here.


by Kathi Appelt

What would lead a ten-year old girl to set out into the Gulf of Mexico in a small boat in the middle of the night? A day ruined by 10 snapping crabs, that's what! She was certain they had called to her, begged her to keep them safe from the boiling pot, but now everyone was angry with her. Keeper has decided that it is time to find her mother - a mermaid who left Keeper at the age of three. Keeper takes her dog, named BD (Best Dog), and a seagull named Captain (who is addicted to watermelons). As new troubles start to mount, Keeper begins to question if the stories that swept her out to sea are real. Maybe the blue moon isn't magic and she won't find her mother sparkling on the sandbar with the other mermaids. But then what? How will Keeper make it back home, and back to those she's known all her life?

The Lost Children

The Lost Children
by Carolyn Cohagan

Josephine is a misfit of a girl who is mostly ignored by her father (except for the new pair of gloves he gives her each week) and left out at school. One day a boy shows up on Josephine's property where he wonders into the tool shed and disappears. Josephine follows and is swept away to the land of Gulm, where an evil boy-tyrant whose bodyguards live off the energy of stolen children. While being faced with new unimaginable challenges, Josephine also creates some friends and together they desperately try to find away to get themselves, and the other children of Glum, back home.

Where the Sunrise Begins

Where the Sunrise Begins
words by Douglas Wood
art by Wendy Popp

The question of where the sunrise begins is asked with simple poetic words and elegant illustrations? The colors are are soft but striking in their beauty and Popp builds upon small details to give the reader various world views, some as close as a bird's egg in its nest, another as wide as the universe. Wood's words travel to various parts of the globe and back in a cyclical search for a seemingly basic question.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The 39 Clues: Into The Gauntlet Coming Soon!!!

The tenth and final book of The 39 Clues series is coming out Tuesday, August 31st. The bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix wrote this final installment. Haddix has written several bestselling children's books, including The Shadow Children and The Missing series. Stop in on Tuesday to pick up your copy!

Click here to read the first chapter of Into the Gauntlet...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


True, I was at a reception for Suzanne Collins in New York at the end of May, and she read to us - enthralled and silent as Katniss walked through the ashes of District 12 - from Chapter One of Mockingjay.  Here is your chance:

Monday, August 23, 2010

Mockingjay Coming Tomorrow!

Only available at independent book sellers!
Hey Suzanne Collins fans! Mockingjay is being released tomorrow. Dragonwings will be opening at 9AM so you can start reading your copy early tomorrow morning. Everyone who purchases a copy will receive a free Mockingjay tattoo. Mockingjay buttons will be given out to customers who pre-ordered their copy. After purchasing your copy, sign up for a drawing to win a bookplate signed by Suzanne Collins, a Mockingjay key chain (only available at independent book stores!), tote bag, or pin. 

We hope to see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk
Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future
by  George Beard and Harold Hutchins

The creators of Captain Underpants come together again for their second graphic novel.  We are introduced to Ook and Gluk, two cavemen who travel between the stone age and the year 2222.  Follow their adventures as they try to defeat their enemy, Chief Goppernopper, and save their friends and community from the evil Goppernopper Enterprise.  Ook and Gluk are helped on their way by Master Wong.  Master Wong teaches the cavemen the philosophy and technique of Kong-fu, providing Ook and Gluk with the means to take on the Goppernoppers.  It's a tale of friendship and heroism, accompanied by a large dose of laughs.

For more Ook and Gluk fun click here

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mockingjay Coming Soon!

Attention Suzanne Collins fans! Mockingjay, the third and final book of the Hunger Games trilogy, is coming out on August 24th. Stop in to Dragonwings today to reserve your copy! Dragonwings also has copies of both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire in stock if you need to catch up before the big release. Dragonwings has several prizes including Mockingjay bags, tatoos, pins, and note cards signed by Suzanne Collins. We will enter everyone who pre-orders a copy or purchases Mockingjay on August 24th into a drawing for these great prizes. Check out the links below for more information on the coming release... 

Hunger Games Official Facebook Page

Mockingjay Book Trailer


Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Chalking about Art" and "Wau-King Art" Events

Dragonwings will be participating in the "Chalking about Art" event August 13th-20th. Stop by to help us decorate our sidewalk with a fiery dragon design anytime on August 18th. We will also be staying open until 8:00 PM on the 18th for the "Wau-King Art" evening art walk event.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Branch Weavings

We made whimsical branch weavings during this week's grandparent-grandchild workshop. Don't miss our last grandparent-grandchild workshop of the summer on August 12th from 9-10AM. Give us a call or stop by to register for next week's activity!
Click Here For Pictures Of Our Branch Weavings! 

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Upcoming Summer Camp Workshop

This Tuesday, August 3rd, stop by at 3PM for our weekly summer camp workshop.  This week we will be doing nature crafts.  We are also having a special guest who is bringing along their rabbits.  Join us for the activities!

Fairy Houses

Last Thursday for our weekly Grandparent-Grandchild activity, we made fairy houses.  Our designers used all natural materials including sticks, leaves, flowers and trees to build their beautiful new fairy homes.  Check out the pictures of the finished houses on our Facebook page.  Don't miss our last two Grandparent-Grandchild activity days, coming up Thursday, August 5th and Thursday, August 12th from 9-10AM.  Grandparents can sign up with or without a grandchild.  Stop by the store or call in for more information.
Click Here To See The Fairy House Photos!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dragonwings Summer Camp Activities for Kids Fun for Kids at Dragonwings, Waupaca WI


 Cars and planes will be racing at Dragonwings Summer Camp workshop on Tuesday, July 20th.  Campers will choose and assemble their own balsa wood airplanes and balloon car racers, then construct an obstacle course and start racing!  Camp begins at 3:00PM and ends at 4:00PM.  For ages 8-12 (ages 4-7 with a parent).

To register call 715-256-9186 or e-mail us at   Fee:  $7.50 each.  All supplies included.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Camp Dragonwings Summertime Activities for Kids Fun for Kids at Dragonwings Waupaca, WI

Darts and Spinners Challenge - Test Your Skills
Our new summer camp series of workshops starts next week!  At this first session we will give each camper their very own safety dart set and a dueling spinners set.  We will give a demonstration of our amazing skills (yikes!), then everyone gets to practice, and after that, we have a competition.  Registration fee is $7.50.  For ages 5 to 10.  Tuesday July 6th 3:00PM. 

Eco-friendly Grandparenting Workshops
Before Sharon Lovejoy came in May, I sat down and read her new book Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars from cover to cover.  Wow!  I was so inspired, I immediately decided to plan a summer workshop series for grandparents (with or without their grandchildren).  Each of the workshops in this new series will include a long-distance project, an at-home project, and an outdoor project.  We won't just tell you about good ideas; this is a hands-on program with both indoor and outdoor projects.  The first class will include memory nature cards, a mad basket, leaf place cards and more.  Registration fee is $7.50 for grandparents, $2.50 for each grandchild.  Thursday July 8th 9:00AM.

To register for summer camp or our grandparent workshops call Dragonwings Bookstore at  (715)256-9186 or e-mail us.

We have autographed copies of Sharon Lovejoy's books for sale at Dragonwings!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dragonwings Bookstore Fun for Kids Waupaca, WI Our Dragon Friends Are Missing!

We have a problem here at Dragonwings. Our dragon friends Stripe, Flame, and Scales are missing! The last time we saw the mischievous threesome they were reading  My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. My Father's Dragon is the story of a young boy named Elmer Elevator who goes on an adventure to save a young dragon, who is being held hostage in a faraway land called Wild Island.  Before we knew it, Stripe, Flame, and Scales were gone. We think they may have gotten lost in the store while on an adventure of their own. Will you stop in and help us find our dragons? A small treasure awaits anyone who helps us locate our wayward group...

Dragonwings Bookstore Fun for Kids Waupaca, WI The Lonely Hearts Club

The Lonely Hearts Club
by Elizabeth Eulberg

"Yesterday, love was such and easy game to play..." but now Penny Lane Bloom knows better. As Penny puts it, guys are "lying, cheating scum of the earth." Rather than looking for romance, she swearing it off, for good (or at least for the next ten years or so.) She creates the Lonely Hearts Club (initial membership: one) as her defense against junior year heart ache. As word on about the Club spreads, Penny is surprised just how many girls are there to join her. Each girl is looking for their own individuality without the boys Their social club gains power and popularity but then Penny is torn: stick to the no-guys vow she made, or give in to the advances of a seemingly nice guy whom she can't help but like? Penny's funny easy voice make this a entertaining read.

Dragonwings Bookstore Fun for Kids Waupaca, WI Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
by John Grisham

While Theodore might not be old enough to take the bar exam or even drive a car, his legal knowledge earns him the respect of his classmates as well as many adults in the legal system. Both of Theodore's parents are lawyers, allowing Theodore access to the courtroom where he develops his dream of being a great trial lawyer. During a certain murder trial Theodore finds himself caught in the middle. The killer is about to go free but Theodore knows the truth, which if revealed may cause serious troubles for someone else. Young Theodore must decide what to do.

Dragonwings Bookstore Fun for Kids Waupaca, WI Shoot-Out by Mike Lupica

by Mike Lupica

There is one sport Jake loves to play: soccer. As the star center mid fielder, he's exactly where he wants to be. The problem is this star player has ended up on the worst team ever. It's not that he doesn't like the other kids on his team, is just that they don't have the skills to pull together a win. It was humiliating to have other teams hang back just so they wouldn't beat Jake's team by too much. Jake must get used to losing or give up on the game he loves. He must learn what it means to be a good player and good leader on and off the field.

Dragonwings Bookstore Fun for Kids Waupaca, WI Ladybug Girl at the Beach

Ladybug Girl at the Beach
by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Ladybug Girl, Lulu, and her dog, Bingo, are back and this time they are on the way to the beach - which Lulu knows she'll love! When she gets there, however, she's not so sure about those big waves and those huge roaring sounds. Bingo barks at the wave because he's not so sure about the water any more, either. That's ok since they really came to the beach to build sand castles, fly Lulu's kite, and eat ice cream. But then the ocean tries to steal her favorite purple pail! This a job for Ladybug Girl! A fun story about a beautiful day at the beach as well as over coming your fears. Lula and Bingo are wonderful characters to meet if you've never been introduced before. Happy reading!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Dragonwings Bookstore Fun for Kids Waupaca, WI Sharon Lovejoy Event...

Hey Everyone!
The Sharon Lovejoy book signing event last Saturday was a great success! Check out Sharon Lovejoy's blog to see what she thought of the event...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dragonwings Bookstore Fun for Kids Waupaca, WI Waggit Forever!

Waggit Forever
by Peter Howe
Waggit is back with a new story in his familiar city park, but new problems are threatening his pack. Uprights (humans) are making changes in the park that are also making it harder for Waggit and his friends to stay safe and to find food. The rival dog pack wants to fight the Uprights, which Waggit and pack leader, Tazar realize will just cause more problems. In the middle of it all, Waggit commits a heroic feat which brings him unwanted attention. Faced with problems on all fronts, Waggit must work to save his pack and himself. Waggit Forever is a book for current Waggit fans, dog and animal lovers, or those readers looking for a good read-a-like to follow Erin Hunter’s Warriors series.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dragonwings Bookstore Fun for Kids Waupaca, WI Spells

By Aprilynne Pike
Laurel has been summoned to the Academy of Avalon, a place that had once been her home but which she no longer remembers. She’s been happy to live with her human parents, but after the last troll attacks and the looming threat of more, the time has come to learn more about who and what she is: a faerie. In fact, Laurel is one of the rarer Fall faeries, not as rare as the Winter ones, but important nonetheless, and she must learn all she can to save her family, her friends, and all of Avalon. Throughout the story Laurel is faced with tough choices about being true to who she is, what she values, and whom she loves. Although Spells is the sequel to the Pike’s New York Times bestselling novel Wings, it can be enjoyed as a story on its own.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Author Sharon Lovejoy to visit the Jensen Community Center in Amherst

Come hear author Sharon Lovejoy
on Saturday June 5th at 10:00am
at the Jensen Community Center in Amherst

Lovejoy will be presenting and signing her newest book Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars, which includes 130 wonderful nature and garden inspired activities for grandparents to share with their grandchildren. Ideas include creating a tabletop nature museum, an underwater viewer, and faerie home furnishing. This book also includes plenty of gardening and planting tips, as well as many yummy recipes. Lovejoy's other books include Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots (gardening together with children); Sunflower Houses (garden book for children and their grown-ups); and Trowel & Error (shortcuts, tips and remedies for the garden). An author, illustrator, lecturer, and teacher, Lovejoy is also the children's garden adviser to the American Horticultural Society. She has been a guest on Today at NBC, PBS's Victory Garden, and The Discovery Channel.

The Sky is Everywhere

The Sky is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson

Lennie has always stayed safely in her older sister's shadow, but Bailey's sudden death brings on changes Lennie never imagined. She must deal with her grief as well as the attention that her sister once had, but which is now focused on Lennie. Connected by grief to her sister's boyfriend, and connected by happiness to the new boy at school, Lennie works to find herself in what her sister has left behind. This book will be enjoyed by fans of Sarah Dessen or by those looking for a believable teen story. Sample the first two chapters at

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Deep Down Popular

Deep Down Popular
by Phoebe Stone

Jessie Lou Ferguson has loved Conrad since the second grade. Back then she loved him so much she would hide in the bushes on the playground and jump out to give him a big kiss when he walked by! She may have outgrown that sort of behavior but Jessie Lou has not outgrown her love for Conrad. Not that she's alone in her obsession, Conrad enjoys a popularity that is "astounding, outstanding, overwhelming". All this attention dwindles, however, when Conrad has to deal with a hurt leg. The shiny metal leg brace he must wear spells doom for Conrad's popularity, but gives Jessie Lou her "in" to friendship and maybe even something more, as long as she can think of something to say without falling into a million pieces.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

How You Got So Smart

How You Got So Smart
by David Milgrim

Here's another great book for the graduate in your life. Following the adventure of growing up, this book takes a look at How You Got so Smart. Milgrim's bright pictures, which often include a pet dog and a doughnut, compliment the upbeat, sometimes humorous text. A good gift for anyone celebrating an accomplishment or moving on to a new adventure in life.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Paper Towns

Paper Towns
by John Green - the author of An Abundance of Katherines and the Printz award-winning book Looking for Alaska

Margo and Quentin have been neighbors forever, but long ago she ditched him for the cool crowd. Of course Quentin is thrilled with Margo (whom he's loved from afar all these years) shows up at his window three weeks before the end of high school, and the pair sneak out for a night of adventure and pranks. Then just as abruptly, Margo disappears. While Margo's parents seem unconcerned with what they consider typical Margo behavior, Quentin decides to determine whether Margo has truly just run away or if she is gone forever. Green's Paper Towns is set in the Florida he knows so well, which creates a great setting for his most recent young adult novel. Paper Towns received starred reviews in Booklist and School Library Journal.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Brown Rabbit in the City

Brown Rabbit in the City
by Natalie Russell

Brown Rabbit is excited to go visit his friend Little Rabbit in the city. It's his first time in the city, but Little Rabbit is waiting for him as he hops off the bus. Little Rabbit is glad her friend has come to visit; there is so much in the city she wants to show him! But after a whole day of running through the city, Brown Rabbit is very tired and has hardly had any time to see what he really came to visit - his friend! Little Rabbit realizes her mistake and makes a change of pace to be sure Brown Rabbit is happy. Beautiful screen prints using soft, gentle colors help to tell this endearing story of friendship.

Getting Ready for Summer - Golf

The Miniature Book of Miniature Golf
by Mike Vago

This book is more about playing than reading. After all, how many books come with a putter and two tiny golf balls? Vago's creation presents a nine hole course complete with landscaping and water hazards. Prefect for a distraction at the office or as entertainment on rainy days that are less than ideal for heading outside to the green. The hole in each page drops the ball in the exact spot to tee off for the next hole. Give as a great gift or challenge your co-workers and family to a round of miniature-miniature golf! It's about time to brush-up on your putting game and there's no better way to do it than The Miniature Book of Miniature Golf.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


by Keith Baker

Let these wonderful and adventurous green peas lead you through the ABCs. These little peas are busy! They are acrobats, artists, and astronauts. They are kickers, kayakers, and kings. They are scientists, swimmers, and sailors on the seas. They are the LMNO peas! A fun ABCs book with colorful and cute illustrations. An entertaining read-along for those learning the ABCs and those who already know them by heart!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Star Wars - A Scanimation Book

Star Wars: A Scanimation Book
by Rufus Butler Seder

"Destroy the Sith we must" reads the Yoda quote while the image of Yoda appears to move across the opposite page, wielding his green lightsaber. Using an optical illusion technology that he invented, Rufus Butler Seder (the creator of Gallop! and Waddle!) presents readers with 11 scenes along with classic quotes from the ever-popular Star Wars series. As you turn each page, the pictures move - C-3PO crosses the desert with his friend R2-D2, Luke and Leia swing to safety, Darth Vader reveals the truth, and Lando escapes the exploding Death Star.

Magic Tree House Passport Program

For fans of the Magic Tree House series:

There is now a way to keep track of your adventures by using the new Magic Tree House passport. Get your passport started at Dragonwings or at the Magic Tree House website (click here). Answer a few questions about the stories you've read to print off your official passport stamps.

The Magic Tree House series is a fun set of books for young readers that involve Jack and Annie, who travel back in time on great adventures. Each book focuses on a new time period and new challenges. These engaging stories will help your reader grow and learn!

Welcome to May!

Welcome to May!

by Mark Teague

Edward wants to be a firefighter but learns that it can be hard work! While nothing seems to quite go right during his training, Edward learns what he needs to. When it comes time for getting down to business, Edward is ready. Teague is an award-winning author/illustrator whose books include Funny Farm - a 2009 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Picture Book; Dear Mrs. LaRue - the 2003 Book Sense Illustrated Book of the Year, Detective LaRue, and Pigsty. He is also the illustrator for Jane Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs series.

My Mother is So Smart!
by Tomie DePaola

Mothers are wonderful things and Mothers' day is almost here. This great book is celebration of all the amazing things mothers can do from making the best cookies, to driving grandfather's old truck, to the surprising skill at the end of the book. This loving book shows the marvelous things a mother's love can bring.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Book Reading at Dragonwings with the Humane Society of Waupaca County

May 6th

Join us at Dragonwings Bookstore for book reading with the Humane Society of Waupaca County.

May 2-8 is Be Kind to Animals Week. Meet kittens, read a few good books, and learn about taking care of pets. Stop by and join Dragonwings in showing your support for our furry friends. Twenty percent of the Dragonwing's sales during the event will be donated to the Humane Society of Waupaca County.

Radiant Shadows and the Wicked Lovely series

Radiant Shadows
by Melissa Marr

The newest release in the Wicked Lovely series, Radiant Shadows is the fourth book set in the world of the faeries. The Wicked Lovely books are filled with shifting romances, danger, and the magic of the courts of the fey people. In Radiant Shadows Ani, half-human - half faery, deals with her longing to belong and lead the Wild Hunt. She attracts the attention of the beautiful and dangerous Delvin, a faery who was created by the powerful High Queen and her chaotic twin sister, Bananach. These young adult books are the perfect read for those readers who enjoy losing themselves in a magical world that is filled with wonderfully complicated relationships.

I Knew You Could - a great gift for graduates

I Knew You Could!
by Craig Dorfman

In the style of the traditional "I think I can" train, Dorfman writes a new story about a train setting out on life's journey. This book gives advice perfect to new graduates or anyone setting out on a new adventure of life. Advice includes sticking to the track you choose, enjoying your travels, and seeking the help of good friends when you need it.


by Ned Young

His brothers, Hooper and Cooper, may be getting ready for a day at school but Zoomer has other plans for the day. Ned Young tells a fun family story with bright, cheerful illustrations and great details. While the puppies play a game of baseball in their father's bedroom, the birds have started an early morning bowling game. While Zoomer builds the world's biggest sand brontosaurus, the birds play croquet. This funny book with its humorous ending and great illustrations would be just perfect for shared reading time.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
by Francisco X. Stork

Pancho's life has been filled with death: his mother died when he was five, his father died in an all too recent accident, and his older sister, Rosa, was recently murdered. The police try to claim that Rosa died of natural causes, but Pancho disagrees and makes plans for revenge. Without any family, Pancho is sent to the orphanage St. Anthony where he meets, D.Q., who is dying from brain cancer. As their friendship grows, Pancho remains focused on death while D.Q. holds on to life.