Friday, June 10, 2011

Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak

We wish glad tidings and birthday joy to beloved children's author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak! You've undoubtedly read his classic, Where the Wild Things Are, but did you know these interesting facts:

1. The original draft of Where the Wild Things Are featured horses instead of monsters.

2. When deciding to use monsters, Sendak used exaggerated caricatures of his relatives (and you thought your family was unfair!)

3. When the book was first published in 1963, it was quite controversial, generating negative reviews and being banned at libraries. Chief among the complaints was that the mother sent Max to bed without supper.

4. In the 1980s, Sendak worked with British composer Oliver Knussen on a children's opera based on the book.

5. According to recent estimates, Where the Wild Things Are has sold almost 20 million copies.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Bluebonnet Reading Tomorrow

Join us tomorrow at 2pm for the reading of the first part of The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda. Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight. Can the puppet really predict the future? Plus, the book has instructions on how to create your own origami Yoda!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Happy Birthday, Richard Scarry

It was a sad, sad childhood for you if you didn't grow up reading the Richard Scarry books. I vividly recall reading What do People do All Day? and longing to be an adult. After all, who wouldn't want to grow up in a world where worms drive apple cars and cats direct traffic?

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Funny Face

I was browsing through the shelves for some lighthearted audiobook entertainment, when I came across the new release Bossypants by Tina Fey. Since I was anticipating a lengthy road trip, I figured a few laughs would make those miles fly by. And this book is hee-larious, I mean it is laugh-out-loud funny. However, Ms. Fey also conveys an intelligence, candor, and thoughtfulness that transcend the typical comedienne fare.

Certainly Bosspants contains the self-effacing and witty biography of a typical memoir, including tales of personal rejection and shamelessness: What 19-year-old Virginia boy doesn’t want a wide-hipped, sarcastic Greek girl with short hair that’s permed on top? she asks. What’s that you say? None of them want that? You are correct. So I spent four years attempting to charm the uninterested. But interjected between these stories are sharp insights on such diverse topics gender, politics, parenthood, and work. Ms. Fey, or Tina (as I’ve already cultivated a close personal relationship with her – at least in my mind) is at her best when she discusses what it means to be a woman today and the difficult juggling act that it entails.

Run, run, my friends and listen to this audiobook. Or read it, I’m totally flexible. I promise you won’t be disappointed.