Friday, April 18, 2014

Classic Lemony Snicket

I have been listening to Lemony Snicket's new audiobook, File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents.  

I don't usually listen to audiobooks, but this book is read by an all-star cast of 13 suspicious and talented people: Ira Glass, Sarah Vowel, Terry Gross, Rachel Maddow, Chris Kluwe, and Libba Bray to name a few.

For security reasons, the conclusions to the mysterious incidents are separated from each story (report). This way, it is impossible for the conclusion and the report to be in the same place at once.

Classic secret organization stuff.

Lemony Snicket, aka Daniel Handler, has some of the best word play and off beat humor. His wit is so charming and clever. We are big fans.

When Harry and Victoria got to meet Daniel Handler, Harry handed his book "All The Wrong Questions" over to be signed. 

"It's so nice that you brought your wife with you tonight," Mr. Handler said to Harry. 

"She's my sister, Victoria," Harry interjected.

"You married your sister?!" Mr. Handler exclaimed.

Classic Lemony Snicket :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

the best friends lie just beyond our imagination

So, I got this lovely picture book the other day: The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat. Dan Santat is one of those awesome authors who is also an amazing illustrator. You should follow him on twitter @dsantat

The art is as magical as the story.

If you were an imaginary friend waiting to be imagined… would you have the courage to do the unimaginable? Could you venture forth on your own?

"Sometimes the best friends lie just beyond our imagination."

Beekle, is a beautiful story of friendship, and an affirmation that you need to be a friend to have a friend.

Be sure to watch the book trailer on YouTube.

I'm willing to do the unimaginable and give away my copy of Beekle. Leave a note in the comments, and I'll pick a winner on Monday, April 14th.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

a spirit of resistance

Yesterday I read Hidden by Loïc Dauvillier,  with art by Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo.

It's a difficult subject covered in a way that only a graphic novel can do… amazing.

Get this book for the children you know.

A grandmother tells her granddaughter the story of how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis.

It's a child's story of the Holocaust.

It includes best friends…

And unfairness…

And confusion…

But it also shows the good in people. It shows how brave people rejected racism and hatred, and formed networks of resistance that saved eighty-four percent of the Jewish children living in France. 

Be sure to read the 'Afterword'. It ends with:

We hope that Dounia's story will inspire young people to fight against injustice and abuse of power and keep alive a spirit of resistance, so that our world will never again see a holocaust like the one that lead to the murder of 11,400 French children during the Second World War.