Archive for February, 2013
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
With all of this snow we’ve gotten on the East Coast recently, I bet many of you readers have some new sledding stories to tell. Join us for a Special Storytime with Rebecca Rule and Jennifer Thermes this February vacation week for a thrilling sledding tale. Here are the event details:
The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! (Islandport Press, 2012)
February 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm, free with Museum Admission
Thrill to the tale of a great sledding adventure as author Rebecca Rule reads from her latest book, The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! Rebecca will be joined by artist Jennifer Thermes who will share sketches and art from the book, and demonstrate how an illustrator creates pictures to tell a story. Q and A and book signing to follow.
Rebecca Rule is the author of Live Free and Eat Pie! and Headin’ for the Rhubarb: A New Hampshire Dictionary (well, kinda). She is also the author of three short story collections about New Hampshire, including Teh Best Revenge, named Outstanding Work of Fiction by the New Hampshire Writer’s Project. Rule is best known for her live storytelling events, many sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. She chronicles many of these events, and her encounters with people and language, in her blog. “Travels with Becky,” which can be found at www.livefreeandeatpie.com. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, she taught writing classes there for a number of years. She has lived in New Hampshire all her life (so far). She lives in Northwood with her husband, John Rule, their wire fox terrier, Bob and various other dogs, cats and birds. www.rebeccarulenh.com/books
Jennifer Thermes is a children’s book author and illustrator whose books include Maggie & Oliver, or A Bone of One’s Own (written by Valerie Hobbs), Sam Bennett’s New Shoes and When I Was Built. In addition to being an avid reader, an obsessed gardener, and an adorer of cats, Thermes also creates illustrated maps for publishing and magazine clients. She lives in an old farmhouse in Newtown, Connecticut, with her family, two cats, one dog and countless mice. www.jenniferthermes.com
Friday, February 15th, 2013
A good fairy tale re-telling never goes out of style. Talented author and artists always seem to keep coming up with fresh ways to make a classic bedtime tale take on a whole new life. This week we’ll host the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School’s adaptation of Goldilocks and The Three Bears in our auditorium. We browsed our fairy tale section here in the Shop and found that we had quite the selection of Goldilocks picture books, ranging from classic, beloved editions to quirky and funny twists on the tale, each with their own distinctive illustrations. Here are a few of our favorites:
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems (Balzer + Bray, 2012)
Goldilocks by Ruth Sanderson (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009)
The Goldilocks Variations by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg (Candlewick Press, 2009)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall (Penguin, 1998)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock (Scholastic Press, 2003)
Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson (Nosy Crow/Candlewick Press, 2012)
We’d love to have you come visit the museum and see the show this week. Maybe your kids are on school vacation and need a fun activity? Here’s your chance to win four tickets to the Goldilocks performance and a Family Pass (good for two adults and up to four children) to The Carle.
How to enter:
Use your creativity to adapt the Goldilocks fairytale by posting the title of your adaptation in a comment below: Goldilocks and the ____________. (Example: Goldilocks and the Three Elephants or Goldilocks and the Case of the Three Empty Bowls). Use your imagination! What kind of Goldilocks story would YOU like to read? Leave your comment BEFORE midnight EST Sunday, February 17, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, February 18th.
We hope that the winner will be able to come and enjoy the show during one of their many performances next week, but even if you live far away, you can still enter to win for a free pass to visit The Carle sometime within the year. Here are the details about the performance.
Goldilocks & the Three Bears: An Epic
February 19 – February 22, 2013
11:00 am and 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
$6 (Members $5)
So you think you know this tale? Think again! In this epic adaptation written by Jack Neary, there’s a lot more in store for Goldy, our little blond curiosity seeker, than three bears, some chairs, and bowls of breakfast food. Some annoying neighborhood kids, a pack of crazy Wolfettes, a fourth bear named Uncle Chester who may not be a bear at all, Little Red Riding Hood and even Rapunzel join forces to create an adventure for the ages! Poor Goldy! All she wanted was to take a nice little walk in the forest. Goldilocks & The Three Bears: An Epic is a show for the whole family to enjoy!
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.
Comments now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Amanda! We’ll be in touch. Thanks everyone for playing. Such fun Goldilocks variations ideas!
Thursday, February 14th, 2013
Happy Valentine’s Day from The Carle. We’re loving these sweet Eric Carle love-inspired canvas art prints! Tell us about something (or someone) you love today. Here’s a list of our favorite Valentine-themed books.
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
We’re so happy to welcome back Marc Tyler Nobleman to The Carle this Saturday, February 16th to talk about his newest book, Bill, The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman. Fans of the comic as well as teachers looking for ideas on how to use nonfiction in the classroom will especially love this presentation. Here are the details:
Behind the Scenes with Batman: Having Fun with the Common Core
February 16, 2013
Free with Museum Admission
(1 PDP) Join author Marc Tyler Nobleman as he reveals the lengths he went to in order to get the truth behind the creation of one of the most successful fictional characters of all time. Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman tells the story (at once inspirational and heartbreaking) of Bill Finger, never-credited co-creator of the Dark Knight. Learn startling never-published facts about an unsung pioneer—including one that may just change pop culture history. Book Signing to Follow.
In anticipation of Saturday’s event, Marc Tyler Nobleman has created some Batman trivia questions for our readers to test their ultimate comic book knowledge. Take a stab at the questions and post your answers in a comment below. and then we will come back to you with answers on Saturday. KAPOW!
1. Who was the first costumed villain Batman faced in the comics?
a) the Penguin
b) the Monk
c) the Flame
d) the Goofball
2. What color were Batman’s gloves in his debut appearance?
d) neon lime green
3. Bill Finger, uncredited co-creator of Batman, also co-created which other A-list superhero?
a) Green Lantern
b) Green Arrow
c) Green Hornet
d) Neon Lime Green Man
4. Bill Finger also wrote movie scripts, including one called
a) The GreenSlime
b) The Brown Ooze
c) The Gray Muck
d) The Wizard of Oz
5. What two superhero guest stars appeared in the last published Batman story written by Bill Finger?
a) Aquaman and Wonder Woman
b) The Atom and Elongated Man
c) The Flash and Firestorm
d) Underdog and Mr. Incredible
Marc Tyler Nobleman is an author of more than 70 books for children and one for adults. His picture book including “Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman,” which received multiple starred reviews, appeared on several “best of the year” lists, and made the front page of USA Today and “Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman,” which was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and made best-of-the-year lists at “USA Today,” MTV, and “Washington Post.” He has written extensively for Nickelodeon; his other credits include DC Comics, PBS, History Channel, and National Geographic Kids. He is also a cartoonist whose work has appeared in more than 100 magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Good Housekeeping. You can visit his blog at http://noblemania.blogspot.com/ for behind-the-scenes tales of book research, promotion, and more.
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
We are so excited to welcome Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, the author and illustrator team behind this year’s Caldecott Honor-winning book, Extra Yarn, to The Carle this coming weekend. On Sunday, February 10th, these two creators of many bestselling picture books will talk about their process and collaboration and give us a little behind-the-scenes peek at this award-wining book. A book signing will follow. Click here for the details.
We encourage those who cannot attend to pre-order autographed copies online now and we will get them signed and ship them after the event.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Extra Yarn here at The Carle. When the book first released early last year, inspired by Annabelle’s penchant for knitting sweaters for just about everyone and anything, we thought we could find a few things around the museum that needed sweaters too. In honor of Mac and Jon’s Extra Yarn bookstore contest, we decided to knit (and crochet) a scarf for our Red Elephant sculpture in our courtyard and sweater for the Very Hungry Caterpillar in our bookstore.
You can read more about this fun Extra Yarn contest here and here.
In celebration of Mac and Jon’s visit, we are giving away a hardcover copy of Extra Yarn, autographed by both author and illustrator, to one lucky blog reader.
How to enter:
In Extra Yarn, Annabelle discovers a magic box of never-ending yarn. If you found a magic box, what would be inside and what would you do with it?
Tell us in comment below BEFORE 12 pm EST, Friday February 8, 2013 for a chance to win. One winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!
Mac Barnett was born to non-farmers in a California farming community and currently lives in Oakland, California. He is the author of the Brixton Brother series and several picture books, including Guess Again! and Chloe and the Lion (both illustrated by Adam Rex), and the Caldecott Honor and New York Times bestseller Extra Yarn. He’s on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center, and founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers.
Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the author and illustrator of the 2013 Caldecott Medal book This is Not My Hat, 2013 Caldecott Honor book Extra Yarn, 2012 Geisel Honor book I Want My Hat Back, as well as the illustrator of Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. He also created concept art for Coraline, the stop-motion animated film based on the book by Neil Gaiman.
Friday, February 1st, 2013
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook)
A 2013 Caldecott Honor book!
This book shows not only many shades of green, all beautiful, but gives views into different parts of the world from many angles. We can see sings of a confident paintbrush and canvas, beginning with a forest, moving under the sea, then stopping for a quiet moment to honor limes, then peas. Tension rises again with a tiger peering through thick glasses. We see more animals, and nature in both day and night time. The book pauses for winter, noting “no green,” before ending with a picture of a boy planting, and a girl standing with her dad to look up at a tree, and the words “forever green.” There’s not really a plot, but we feel we’ve traveled to many green places, and done enough marveling to want to turn back the pages and look all over again.