Archive for October, 2011

The Rabitts by John Marsden & Shaun Tan.

The Rabbits offers a rich and immensely valuable perspective on the effect of man on his environment. Visually loaded and told with a passion for truth and understanding. The Rabbits aims to promote cultural awareness and a sense of caring for the natural world.

Look inside the book in this video:

Visit Shaun Tan site.

October 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

Blackout by John Rocco.

In a series of graphic novel–style panels, a small child tries to convince family members to play a board game one hot summer night, but they’re all too busy. When the lights go out, though, the neighborhood comes alive and the whole family drifts up to the roof to look at the stars: “It was a block party in the sky.”  From Publishers Weekly.

Watch the book trailer:

Click on the author´s name to enter to his site.

John Rocco

October 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

Mary Nethery answered your questions!

Hello everyone!

Mary Nethery, author of Nubs:The True Story of a Mutt, Marine & a Miracle, answered Ms. Verena´s classroom and David 5F questions, here they are:

Does Brian go back to Middle East?

Brian was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in February of this year, but his orders were changed to Japan. He spent time in Japan, helping out after the tsunami. He now lives in Virginia.

How did the author know what happened when Nubs was alone in the desert?

We don’t know exactly what happened to Nubs as he trekked across seventy miles of barren dessert to find Brian. But we do know his journey was through the icy cold snow of winter and that he had a punctured lung. We also know there was little food or water to be found, and that this territory was fiercely protected by wolves and wild dogs.

How do you know Nubs doesn´t like wood floors? Why doesn´t he like wooden floors?

Brian told us that Nubs doesn’t like wooden or slippery floors. This is probably because, in Iraq, he was used to walking out of doors in sandy or rocky terrain. Now he is an indoor dog, walking on wood, tile and carpeted floors!

Did Brian ever stop being a soldier to have Nubs as a pet?

No, Brian is still a Marine!

Did they get another dog?

Nubs has a brother named Bogie. Brian had adopted Bogie before he left for Iraq and found Nubs. Bogie and Nubs play together and get along like brothers!

Did Nubs get married and have babies?

Not that I know of! Nubs is Brian’s baby!

Are you going to write more books of other dogs?

Kirby Larson and I wrote another book about a cat and a dog, called Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival. If you haven’t already read about the Bobbies, you will love their story! They were on TV, on a cable news show called Anderson Cooper 360, CNN.

We will definitely write many more inspirational stories about animals. We are passionate about animals and the wisdom they have to share with us.

 Who took all the book pictures?

The Marines on Brian’s team were each given a camera when they were deployed to Iraq. They took lots and lots of pictures of Nubs, and of Brian and Nubs together. And they were very kind and generous to let us use their photos in the book. They are part of the team of people that helped to create this book about Nubs. And we are very grateful to each and every one of them.

Do you have a dog?

I have a cat! I call him my Baby Muse because he inspires me every day while I write. He even has his own fan club! Here is his official biography:

Dashiell A. Nethery is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling Baby Muse at the tender age of three years and has collaborated with his beloved cousin, Winston B. Larson, on the creation of Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle (Little, Brown, 2009) and Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival (Walker, 2008). His newest muse-inspired book, coming out in June 2010 from Clarion, is The Famous Nini: A Mostly True Story of How a Plain White Cat Became a Star, illustrated by John Manders.

Dash was raised in an orphanage in Atlanta, Georgia; until the age of three months, when luck shone upon him and he was discovered by his true parents with whom he now happily lives in Eureka, California. When he’s not hard at work in his muse basket, he likes to conjure up low-tech games like Grab a Leg and Run or Sneaky Spy. He also enjoys lounging, dancing with his favorite ribbon, sampling exotic cuisine, and listening to picture books.

Thank you Mary for writing this amazing story!

Thank you Ms. Janice for your book talk!

Thank you Ms. Verena for encouraging your students to make questions!

Ms. Adriana

October 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm 2 comments

Enchanted Forest at Fundidora Park!

You are invited to enjoy this first edition of Bosque Encantado, more information at: Parque Fudidora site. Last year I had the opportunity to visit the exposition of “Altares de Muertos”, and I was delighted by its charm. I won´t miss it this year!

October 21, 2011 at 9:21 am Leave a comment

Vampire Breath by R. L. Stine.

He´s a dentist nightmare… Though. That´s Freddy Martinez and his friend Cara. They´re not afraid of anything. But that was before they went exploring in Freddy´s basement. Before they found the secret room. Before they found the bottle of Vampire Breath.

Poor Freddy and Cara. They should have never opened that bottle of Vampire Breath. Because ow there´s a vampire in Freddy´s basement. And he´s very, very thirsty…

Watch R.L. Stine interview:

Or visit Goosebumps official site!

October 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

Big Wig: A Little History of Hair by Kathleen Krull.

Did you know that kings AND queens wore fake beards in Ancient Egypt? Or that hair was used in medicine at the height of the Incan Empire? Or that Queen Elizabeth I had more than 80 wigs in various shades of red? Kathleen Krull and Peter Malone start at the dawn of history and bring us up to contemporary times, using incredible bits and bobs of hair fact and lore to show us just how much things have changed (and how they haven’t!).

This is a perfect way to introduce young readers to the idea of a longitudinal study. And it’s also an irreverant and playful look at what funny fashion victims we humans have always been! From Goodreads.

Kathleen Krull has other titles you can be interested in, check them in her site.

October 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman.

Hakata Soy’s past life as the leader of a futuristic super team won´t stay in the past!

The former space hero is doing his best to keep his head down at Astronaut Academy. Things aren´t going so great, though. The most popular girl in school has it in for him. His best friend won’t return his calls. And his new roommate is a complete jock who only cares about Fireball.

Hakata just wants to make a fresh start. But how will he find time to study Anti-Gravity Gymnastics and Tactical Randomness when he´s got a robot doppelganger on its way to kill him?

The school of the future is here now! Student handbook in convenient graphic novel format!

October 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm 1 comment

The Genius File: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman.

Now at Encino Library:

In eight days, Coke and Pepsi McDonald are going to turn thirteen.

Before then, they’ll jump off a cliff, get trapped in the locked basement of their burning school, chased cross-country by murderous lunatics, left for dead in the pit of a sand dune, forced to decipher mysterious coded messages, thrown into a giant vat of SPAM, and visit the world’s largest . . . ball of twine!

There’s more, but if we told you here, we’d have to kill you.

Megapopular author Dan Gutman brings on the excitement with an action-packed new series that’s nothing short of dynamite. Join Coke and Pep on their quest to uncover just what it means to be part of The Genius Files . . . if you dare!

Look at the first pages, by clicking here.


October 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

Heroes of the environment by Harriet Rohmer.

12 true stories of people from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Heroes are of a variety of ages and racial/ethnic backgrounds, and the stories feature plenty of visuals – both photos and illustration. From Goodreads.

Book trailer SJSU MLIS Program:

October 18, 2011 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Countdown by Deborah Wiles.

It’s 1962, and it seems that everyone is living in fear. Eleven-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, DC, and can feel the fear of the nation in the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amid the pervading threat of nuclear war, Franny must face the tension between herself and her younger brother, figure out where she fits into her family, and learn to look beyond outward appearances. For Franny, as for all Americans, it’s going to be a life-changing week.

Visit the Book site or the author site.

October 18, 2011 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

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