Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving - A Time to Enjoy HOME!

This Thanksgiving Mark Fearing has a new book titled The Great Thanksgiving Escape.



Gavin thinks it is going to be another boring Thanksgiving at his grandma's house until he runs into his cousin Rhonda who reminds him, "sometimes you have to make your own fun."   So the pair tries to sneak out of the house to play outside.   They encounter some unexpected obstacles along the way.   First, two vicious guard dogs are blocking the front door, Then Rhonda gets trapped in the "Hall of Aunts".  However, there is no stopping these two.   They finally make it to the back door only to find a surprise.  And, it still does to stop them!


Also coming in the Spring is a new title by Carson Ellis called Home.   The Holiday time often brings thoughts of home so I taught I would share a sneak peak.   This book takes a simple look at the Home. The main question being, "This is my home, and this is me.   Where is your home?  Where are you?" It looks at various types of homes from many different angles, styles and cultures.   Here is a sneak peak-





Also I can never talk about Thanksgiving titles without looking back on a old post for Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet.   The Balloons over Broadway activity kit at her site is just wonderful!


Plus, would just like to mention a new photography exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York
         
        Oct 15, 2014 - Feb 15, 2015
Pushing the boundaries of traditional documentary photography, Liao (b. 1977) creates large-scale panoramas by combining multiple exposures of the same location taken over the course of several hours. The resulting composite photographs are often fantastical; complex, hyper-real views that no single shot—or the eye—could capture.     ONE OF THEM IS A PAST NEW YORK CITY THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE!



Sunday, October 26, 2014

TOMBOY by Liz Prince

Liz Prince talks as part of a panel on her new graphic memoir TOMBOY.

This book takes a look at fitting in during her preteen and teen years and remaining true to herself even years later. 



Liz Prince Talks TOMBOY

How she started -
I came into prominence in the comic scene with books that are comprised of short, autobio gag comics, and those are something that are fairly easy for me to make; that doesn’t mean that they are worthless, they  make a lot of people, and myself, very happy, but they are instant gratification for me as an artist.  I can draw a short comic about my cats and post it online immediately and get some likes and “LOLs” and call it a day.  These are the things that my fans have seen over the years.  But behind the scenes, I had a few false starts on some larger projects.

Why she did this book -
I drew this book because I was actively courted by the publisher, who was looking for non-fiction graphic novels by women.  Other publishers have invited me to pitch a project to them before, but none had come to me saying that they really really wanted one.  It took me about a year to have a project worth pitching: Zest Books is a teen/young adult publisher, and none of my other ideas for books would have worked for them, so it wasn’t easy for me to come up with a concept that I felt excited to work on, that would also fit the audience.  And before I was confident in pitching this project, I had to be sure that I could actually fill a book with it.  Tomboy is my story of growing up with gender identity issues.  For the first half of my life I wanted to be a boy; this book deals with the reasons why, and the reactions to, my staunch refusal of being a girl.  Before I pitched the book, I did an outline of what episodes I would discuss, and how long I felt the book would be.  I guessed around 150 pages.  I was presented a contract which gave me less than a year to complete the book; I signed in June 2013, the finished book was due March 15th, 2014.  I was someone who had never successfully completed a graphic novel before, and I just jumped into an agreement that would have me completing one in about 9 months.


How she feels about the book -
It ended up being more personal, and more about gender politics than I imagined it would.  I know that people will feel very strongly about this book, both in a positive way, and in a negative way, but I take solace in knowing that both reactions will spark discussion on what gender should mean, and what it shouldn’t.  I’ll put myself on the chopping block as a sacrificial lamb, if it can help us move forward, as a culture who can eschew gender stereotypes.


TAKE A LOOK!    ZEST BOOKS IS SENDING ONE LUCKY WINNER A COPY OF THE BOOK! 

Check out some other bloggers as they talk about Tomboy.
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November 8th

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ivy and Bean Take Over New York!

IVY AND BEAN OCTOBER 18-NOV 9 


IVY + BEAN, THE MUSICAL
book, lyrics & music by SCOTT ELMEGREEN
based on the books by ANNIE BARROWS
illustrated by SOPHIE BLACKALL
directed by ALISON BEATTY
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am
1 hour, no intermission. Best for ages 4 and up.

Based on The New York Times best-selling children’s book series by author Annie Barrows
 and Illustrator Sophie Blackall, Ivy + Bean, The Musical is the story of an unexpected friendship 
between two very different second graders. The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy 
knew they would never like each other. Bean is loud and wild and goofy. Ivy is quiet and full of ideas.
 But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, and needs a place to hide, Ivy comes to the rescue. 
When the two become a team, there’s mischief and laughter at every turn—along with lessons 
to be learned about the challenges and joy of family, friendship, and love.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Can Second Graders Appreciate a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal?


Check out these second graders at Daniel!







Rise and Shine

Americans tend to lack imagination when it comes to breakfast. The vast majority of us, surveys say, start our days with cold cereal — and those of us with children are more likely to buy the kinds with the most sugar. Children all over the world eat cornflakes and drink chocolate milk, of course, but in many places they also eat things that would strike the average American palate as strange, or worse.

Here is one highlight from the article-

Tiago Bueno Young, 3 years old, São Paulo, Brazil
Tiago likes chocolate milk and often wakes up asking for it, but sometimes even that is hard to get excited about at 7 on a weekday morning when his mother, Fabiana, has already left for work and he still has to get ready for kindergarten. Cold cereal is the favored breakfast food of the three Young sons. Here, Tiago, the middle child, sits before cornflakes, banana cake and bisnaguinha, a sweet white bread popular with Brazilian children and served with a mild cream cheese called requeijão.

Friday, September 26, 2014

More School Librarians For New York City!

State ed chief rules city must put more librarians in middle and high schools



King said he was “troubled” by the number of city schools that don’t have librarians on staff, a violation of state regulations. In a regulatory decision he issued to the city and union lawyers representing librarians last week, King ordered the city to begin following the rules immediately.

On Monday, Department of Education spokeswoman Devora Kaye declined to say what the city’s next steps would be or whether the city would commit to staffing the librarian positions. She also would not say if the city agreed with the decision that schools should staff more librarians.


Hopefully, they will fix this and elementary school requirements will be added.  As they say, If it is not required it won't be done! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bulk of Sendak Collection Leaving Rosenbach


The Sendak trustees have served notice that they are exercising an option in a 1969 agreement between the author and the Rosenbach to reclaim all items owned by the estate - 98 percent of the Sendak collection housed at the Rosenbach. Sendak items will begin the migration to Connecticut in October in a process that may continue through the end of the year, said Rosenbach director Derick Dreher.

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Please Don't Feed The Pigeons!


 I don't think Mo Willems pigeon would be a fan of this sign located all over a parking lot in Jackson Heights, New York. However, he might just walk right past it to visit this bakery steps from the sign.