Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

The year has moved on to the month of November. And November happens to be Picture Book Month! An event created by Ms Dianne de Las Casas to celebrate the genius of the Picture Book. I think that really EVERY month is Picture Book Month, but November has been set aside to show especial appreciation for this type of reading material. There is a website attached to this most sacred of months – you can visit it HERE – and find out more about why Picture Books are sooooooo important!!

To start off my celebration of the Picture Book, I present a very special book written and illustrated by two incredibly special young men!

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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett
illustrated by Jon Klassen
published by Candlewick Press in 2014

There has been lots and lots of talk about this book – even before it came out. It MUST be a Perfect Picture Book! It has generated sooooo much attention and soooo much conversation! And it is a PERFECT blend of text, illustration, and design! All very simple, but oh so PERFECT!

It begins –
On Monday Sam and Dave dug a hole.

The story is about two boys who decide to dig a hole. A universal subject! Everyone likes to dig holes!! I, myself, have been known to dig a hole or two.

DSCF0016I never found anything too spectacular – just some pretty yummy roots. But Sam and Dave are on a quest to find “something spectacular.” They won’t stop until they do! And OH! they come ever so close!! But not quite! My readers were right along for the dig! Moaning and groaning with each page turn. With each shovelful of dirt. Sam and Dave have a helper – a little dog – who seems to be much smarter than the boys. The dog tries very hard to indicate where they need to dig. But Sam and Dave do not pay him any attention.

IMG_1613Those silly boys! They dig for a very long time – deeper and deeper. Until they are too tired to dig any more and they fall asleep. The little dog keeps digging though – going after something spectacular and ends up with a real hole that tumbles them all through time and space until they land – right back where they started on the soft dirt next to the little tree. But is it really where they started? That’s the big question.

Oh! the discussion!!! In the classroom with my readers – “What just happened?!” “Why is everything different?” Where’s the hole?” “Are they on the other side of the world?”

On The Horn Book website HERE.

On Publisher’s Weekly HERE.

On 100 Scope Notes HERE.

Mr Barnett was in Texas recently at our Texas Book Festival in Austin. He read this book and talked about it. He even had the crowd sing Happy Birthday to the book!!! He noted all the differences at the end of the book – the tree, the weathervane, the flower, the cat. He asked the questions. But he gave no answers. Just leaves you hanging! With MUCH to ponder.

IMG_1592Mr. Shu at Watch, Connect, Read had Mr Barnett and Mr Klassen come visit his school library! Can you imagine that?! What a fantastic day that would be! You can see all the fun they had and watch a book trailer at his website HERE.

The Horn Book has a great interview by Mac Barnett with Jon Klassen.

And here’s a great TED talk –

So! Happy Picture Book Month to you!
May you always find something spectacular when you go digging!
Your library friend
Rhythm
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Chloe and the Lion

My Mom Person recently went to the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas. She brought home quite a few fantastical picture books, and stories and pictures of some of the very special folks who create picture books. In another post I told you about the crazy picture book duo of Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett. Both of these gentlemen have given the world a whole lot of fun and crazy, special books.

Well, I want to share with you another Mac Barnett book – only this time he has teamed up with Adam Rex. They make for another crazy duo!

IMG_3981This book is Chloe and the Lion – written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex.

It was published in 2012 by Disney – Hyperion Books.

From the book jacket – “A trip to the park, a walk through the woods, a glint of teeth behind a gnarled tree. And that’s when things go VERY wrong.”

This is a cute story about a little girl named Chloe who loves to ride the merry-go-round in the park. One day while walking through the woods on her way to the park, she encounters a lion. And that’s when things go Very Wrong — in the book.  This book is really not about Chloe. It’s about creating a picture book. It’s about the relationship between the author who writes the words of the story and the illustrator who puts pictures with those words. Are the two telling the same story? Do the pictures enhance the story, make it better, or send it down the tubes? How do you find that perfect combination?

This is a fascinating book and it is soooooo going to spark some imaginations.

The Mom Person got to visit with Mr Rex while he was hanging out in the children’s tent helping with some art lessons. He told her that the figures in the book of Mr Barnett and himself were little puppets that he made. And he used toilet paper for his shirt. Funny.

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Pleas visit Mr Barnett’s website HERE.

And Mr Rex’s website HERE.

And now the trailer for Chloe and the Lion —

You’re going to LOVE Chloe and the Lion!
I promise!!

Your Library Dog Friend
Rhythm

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Texas Book Festival

IMG_3912The Mom Person spent the weekend at the Texas Book Festival in our lovely state capital, Austin. I did not get to go because she did not think that dogs would be allowed. But it turned out that there were quite a few dogs there with their people! Phooey! Maybe I’ll get to go next year.

IMG_3908There were lots of people there to meet and greet all the authors and buy their books. The Mom Person saw lots and lots of bags full of books, so I imagine that all those authors are very happy about their weekend in Austin. There were a lot of authors there and the Mom Person had a hard time deciding who she wanted to see and what books she wanted to buy.

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This was the Saturday schedule for book signings. Some of the authors read their books before signing and some of them didn’t. The Mom Person said it was kind of confusing and a little crazy with everyone buying books and getting in line and trying to figure out where to be when. But everyone was very polite and nice and friendly. Even the authors!

The stars of the show seemed to be Mr Jon Scieszka and Mr Mac Barnett. And their book Battle Bunny. They did several talks and seemed to be everywhere. And they packed the tent to over flowing. And the book tent even ran out of Battle Bunny!

IMG_3893But the Mom Person managed to get me a copy! And she got it signed. They thought I must be a very smart Library Dog.

IMG_3941Battle Bunny is by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett. Pictures are by Matthew Myers.

It was published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in 2013.

According to the back of the book it is suitable for ages 5 – 87.

I would imagine that you have probably heard all about this book. It has been in the news a lot. I think because it is a very unique book. And the uniqueness has nothing to do with the story itself. It’s all about the BOOK itself. It presents itself as a kind of Little Golden Book called Birthday Bunny that was given to a young lad named Alex on his birthday. But Alex decided to turn it into a more exciting book. So he crossed out a lot of stuff and drew stuff in with pencil and now it is Battle Bunny instead of Birthday Bunny. And when Birthday Bunny encounters his friends in the forest in the original version, Battle Bunny sees them as enemies and whomps on them and explodes things in his quest to put his “evil plan” into action.  Alex must eventually come in and save the day.IMG_3942This is a really funny, crazy book! You must get your hands on it!

This crazy team of Scieszka and Barnett not only talked about their crazy book, but they also presented the master list for the Texas Bluebonnet Award books. This is a program developed through the Texas Library Association to encourage reading in young people. The master list of 20 books is presented every year at the Texas Book Festival. Then if students read, or are read to, 5 books from the list they have the opportunity to vote for their favorite book in January. The book that receives the most votes wins the Award. You can find out more about the Bluebonnet Award HERE.

And here are the Dynamic Bunny Duo presenting the list –

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Are they crazy or what?!

Well, if those pictures don’t convince you — here’s a little taste of Battle Bunny —

I wish y’all a happy, crazy week! And Happy Birthday or whatever!

Rhythm

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