February 13th, 2013 by Eliza
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.
February 3rd, 2013 by Eliza
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.
February 1st, 2013 by Jeannine
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.
January 28th, 2013 by Eliza
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first Caldecott medal. The Randolph Caldecott medal is awarded each year by the American Library Association to the picture book with the “most distinguished illustrations of the year.” As we anticipate the announcement of the 2013 medal, today’s picture book puzzler is a look back at past winners. It’s fun to pick out themes in the winning books from the past 75 years, so we’ve pulled out a few for you.
1. Can you name four Caldecott medal-winning books about snow?
2. Can you name four Caldecott medal-winning books that are retold folk or fairy tales?
3. Can you name four Caldecott medal-winning books by husband and wife author/illustrator pairs?
Put your guesses in the comments below and we’ll share our answers with you at the end of the week.
If you’re planning a trip to The Carle, be sure to check out our exhibition in our Reading Library, The Caldecott Medal: 75 Years of Distinguished Illustration, on view now until June 30, 2013. This wonderful exhibit of high-quality reproductions from Caldecott-winning picture books was guest curated by Barbara Elleman, founding editor of BookLinks and past Caldecott Committee member. When you visit, be sure to vote for your best-loved Caldecott winner for a chance to win a signed copy of The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkey and other prizes.
January 15th, 2013 by Jeannine
I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., paintings by Kadir Nelson (Schwartz & Wade)
Most children know the holiday dedicated to the civil rights movement leader, and for those who aren’t familiar with the 1963 speech that makes up the text for this big, colorful book, this will be a wonderful introduction. The paintings not only keep to the tone of hope and dignity in the speech, but amplify it. The book begins with the Lincoln Memorial setting, first seen as if from above, then in a close-up of Dr. King with a shadowed Lincoln statue behind him. Then, again, we get a long view, with the placards listeners hold catching the light, looking almost like lanterns under a big pale sky. The dream gets illustrated movingly, and we see the beautiful and varied hills and mountains that Dr. King mentions in his “let freedom ring” refrain. White doves under a blue sky end the book, along with the complete text of the speech. The book includes a CD of the speech, too, one which is worth listening to again and again.
January 11th, 2013 by Eliza
Congratulations to Matteo Bologna, the winner of the Piggie Portrait Gallery Contest! He got all 16 answers correct and wins this great poster, signed and personalized by Mo Willems. Well done, Matteo!
Ready to see the answers?
1. Alexander Calder
2. Charles Schulz
3. Henri Matisse
4. Robert Motherwell
5. René Magritte
6. Andy Warhol
7. Joan Miró
8. Pablo Picasso
9. Andy Warhol (again!)
10. Mark Rothko
11. Amedeo Modigliani
12. African Masks
13. Vincent Van Gogh
14. Frank Stella
15. Piet Mondrian
16. Henry Moore
How did you do? It seemed a number of you were stumped by #4 (a lot of guesses for Franz Kline) and #14 (popular guesses were Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Alpers). Of 70 entries, Matteo was the only one to get all 16 answers correct. 26 of you were sooo close though, with only one wrong answer!
To learn more about why Mo Willems chose each of these artists head over to his blog and get the inside scoop. Thanks to all the entrants in the contest. We have quite the art-savvy crowd!
Even if you didn’t win, you can still take home an autographed poster. They are for sale in our shop and online here, both signed and unsigned by Mo Willems. And for fans of Mo Willems, save the date of June 22nd, 2013. That’s when our exhibition of Mo Willems artwork: Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art & Whimsy by Mo Willems open to the public. You won’t want to miss it!
January 7th, 2013 by Eliza
Wanna win this cool poster, personalized to you by Mo Willems? Well, read on!
Back in 2009, as a great treat to The Carle, Mo Willems created this wonderful poster to commemorate our annual gala in New York. (You can read more about The Carle Honors here.) We sell the posters in the shop and people are always asking, “Which artists inspired Elephant Gerard’s portraits?” Well, we know the answer. Do you?
In his poster Mo Willems pays homage to twentieth-century artists who have influenced his work, or whose work speaks to him, or are simply easy to spoof. Rather than just rattle off the names of these artists for you, Mo and I thought it would be fun to to test our art-savvy blog readers instead: Can you identify all the artists correctly? We think you can!
One lucky reader who identifies the greatest number of artists correctly will win a Carle Honors 2009 poster autographed and personalized by Mo Willems!
Here’s how to enter:
- Look closely at all 16 pieces of art in the image below (click to enlarge) and use the numbered guide to tell us the name of the artist who inspired each numbered piece. (See hints below!)
- Identify all 16 portraits in a comment below before 12 pm EST Friday, January 11th. We will be keeping comments hidden until a winner is announced to keep guesses confidential.
If more than one entrant gets all sixteen answers correct, one winner will be selected at random from among the correct answers.
Need a hint?
Hint 1: One of the artists is featured more than once.
Hint 2: One of the pieces represents a genre, rather than a specific artist. (Okay, we’re feeling nice. We’ll just give it to you: #12 is “African Mask.”)
Hint 3. All art is from the 20th century.
January 3rd, 2013 by Eliza
Congratulations to Eric, winner of the Eric Carle Doodle! Eric was chosen randomly from over 60 entries!
Eric writes: “My son’s favorites are the rubber ducks in “10 Little Rubber Ducks.” He loves ducks and Eric Carle!”
Thank you to everyone who entered. We loved reading about all your favorite Eric Carle characters. Thank you to Eric Carle, Peter Laird and Tony DiTerlizzi who created these wonderful doodles for us to give away to our readers this holiday season. Happy New Year!
December 25th, 2012 by Eliza
Stay warm, be merry and read books.
from your friends at The Carle.
Photo by Kristin Angel, 2012.