Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
A beautiful story for Veterans Day
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, Mary Nethery, Little, Brown, 2009
What a terrific story! So happy Major Brian Dennis and Nubs appeared on the Tonight Show this week. Conan gave him a nice block of time.
I really loved this part of the story. (Not an exact transcript)
An Iraqi came up and he asked me why we were so interested in the dog...
[when Major Dennis speculated about what had happened to the dog's ears the man said--]
"Yeah, I cut his ears off."
"You're the one who cut his ears off?"
"Yeah, I cut his ears off
"I had my battle gear on me and my big KABAR knife and I asked him, through my translator, how would he feel if I cut his ears off?"
...and the tonight Show audience applauded.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
CREATE YOUR DEBUT PICTURE BOOK COVER
1 – Go to “The Name Generator” or click http://www.thenamegenerator.com/
Click GENERATE NEW NAME. The name that appears is your author name.
2 – Go to “Picture Book Title Generator” or click http://www.generatorland.com/usergenerator.aspx?id=243
Click CREATE TITLE! This is the title of your picture book.
3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click http://flickrcc.bluemountains.net/index.php
Type the last word from your title into the search box followed by the word “drawing”. Click FIND. The first suitable image is your cover.
4 – Use Photoshop, Picnik, or similar to put it all together. Gettin’ creative is encouraged.
5 – Post it to your site along with this text.
If you create a cover, let 100 Scope Notes know by leaving the link in the comments.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear by David Bruins; illustrated by Hilary Leung, Kids Can Press, 2009 (review copy supplied by publisher)
As I approached the school where I was to do a storytelling gig last week, I noted that the school's marquee was featuring the character program trait for October, Individuality. This book came to mind and it occurred to me that this is a perfect book to share that message.
The Ninja, the Cowboy and the Bear are good friends but they argue and face off against each other in a series of contests. Each one has a strength or ability, unique to them. Bear can build the tallest pile of rocks. Cowboy is sharp eyed and can gather the most berries, Ninja's quickness allows him to herd the most rabbits. They come to appreciate each other's abilities which are unique to them. A game of Ninja, Cowboy, Bear, which is played like Rock, Paper, Scissors, is described at the back of the book. This game is a whole body workout.
The illustrations distinguish this story. Hilary Leung's simple but winsome characters bring Japanese chibi designs to mind. The books is also sized to rest comfortably in a child's lap.
Lots of nice subject headings can be tagged to this book, Friendship--Fiction, Individuality--Fiction, Competition--Fiction.
Ninja Cowboy Bear Website
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
100ScopeNotes tweeted me over to BookEnds at BookList -- Keyed into Cover Controversy
Look at all the keyed up covers!
All I can say is that when Tiffany & Co. starts selling them, it is officially a trend. Thanks to entling no. 1 for the heads up to these little gems.
Tiffany Key Pendants
Monday, November 02, 2009
Not one, but, TWO picture book biographies are on the list which is unusual and acknowledges the excellence of the books and the import and novelty of their subjects. Interestingly both books are about two men who made mark on the world via the oceans!
Surfer of the Century by Ellie Crowe, illustrations by Richard Waldrep, Lee & Low Books, 2007
Duke Kahanamoku was an Olympic gold medalist, the father of modern surfing, and an icon of Hawaiian culture. popularized surfing and promoted Hawaii all his life.
Richard Waldrep perfectly illustrates the book with wondrous, glowing illustrations that evoke vintage art deco travel posters.
My full BookMoot review is here.
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino, Knopf, 2009
With every line and every stroke of color, Dan Yaccarino tells the story of the life of Jacques Cousteau. The text rounds out the story but, truly, the illustrations do all the heavy lifting here.
To my baby boomer eyes, his style is retro or modern in the sense that it evokes graphics and cartoon style of the 1960s but it is also wholly fresh.
His sinuous and linear drawings are simple yet detailed. Yaccarino captures the distinctive Cousteau aquiline nose in every drawing, even the ones of him as a child. The two page spread of his ship Calypso is drawn with simple shapes and flat colors yet the almost indistinct shapes of the sailors on deck are altogether French with their characteristic berets and striped shirts.
The fluid lines invoke the ocean Cousteau is discovering. His color palette with incised designs imparts the look of batik prints.
Eloquent quotations from Jacques Cousteau himself appear in a round bubble on each page.
"The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish"
Elegant storytelling this!