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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Got Poison?

On March 12th Poison, by the delightful author and librarian, Bridget Zinn, was released and and I hope you have gotten your copy of this fun novel.

I only got to meet Bridget once before she passed away, but she was what I call a sparkly personality, and that sparkle comes through in this delightful novel.  This is a book that's got beautifully crafted language as well as an exciting plot!

Here's the info from the publisher about the story:

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend. But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses. Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her? Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she's the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

There are potions and dastardly deeds in this story, obviously, but there's also a girl crossing a river with a pig on her head! There's fun afoot intermingled with all the possibility for destruction, and just a tiny bit of romance, which we all know I am all in favor of. 

If you'd like to know more about Bridget and her writing, you can check out her blog HERE.

I wish Bridget had gotten to see her novel published, but I'm sure she's looking down and celebrating with a cupcake, as she should be!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Finished the last Caldecott Honors!

Finally I finished the last Caldecott Honors last week.  Both were fantabulous, and both were completely different.

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and David Small is a funny book about proper and polite Elliot.  Well, polite, at any rate, but not always so proper perhaps.  Elliot wants a penguin, and his dad, assuming he wants a stuffed animal, gives him $20 to buy one.  Elliot has something completely different in mind, and perhaps you can guess what it was.  There's a fabulous twist at the end, but I don't think many young readers will get it.  Great story written by a librarian!! Huzzah!

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue and Pamela Zagarenski isa lush and beautiful story that's quiet and lovely where One Cool Friend is loud and brash.  The illustrations are simply astonishing in this work.  Like many kiddos, the young girl in this tory does not want to go to sleep.  Her parents have her complete her regular nighttime routine and describe the nighttime routines of various animals while she does it. By the end, of course, she's curled up sound asleep, like a tiger.  Beautifully told and magically illustrated.  A definite must for all homes with young children.

Happy World Book Day!!

Hey, hey, it's World Book Day today!  
Not that I need a special day to celebrate books, but it's fun.

HERE are some fun games to play.
(I played soccer, but I was horrible! I got only 25 points!)

HERE is a fabulous video trailer for the book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

How will you celebrate??