Fallen Star Stories: childrens books & other ephemera
Today, the children of Galway (both in body and spirit) turned out in incredible force at Dubray Books on Shop Street in Galway to meet Derek Landy. They were trying to queue from about 12.00, but I had to send them away, promising them front positions. In retrospect, I should have gotten out the 'coat room' numbers, perhaps. In the end, inspite of there being over 200 people moving through the shop...and inspite of the extremely changeable weather, it all went off without a hitch. Derek arrived in good time and got straight to it! Throughout the entire event (we were there until 7.30pm...3 1/2 hours!), he was lively, engaging, gracious, smiling, funny...truly amazing as he took time with each and every child (and their parents). And even those who stood in that queue for over 3 hours...tired and cranky, though they may have been prior to reaching him....all of them left saying it was well worth the wait, with smiles on their faces, clutching their newly signed books. It was great! And Derek Landy is truly stellar!!!!
Many thanks to Derek... let's do it again sometime!
The Rights of the Reader; Daniel Pennac, illustrated by Quentin Blake Summer is here and we do encourage summer reading with numerous incentives and programmes. It is important for children (of all ages) to 'keep their reading up' outside of school time. This is the time when kids develop their own taste in books and can be free to read books of their own choosing. And this is the single most important factor in young people developing a lifelong reading habit. But how do we, as the 'gatekeepers' of kids reading, encourage them properly without running the risk of thrusting pressure and our own ideas on them? Do that and you'll run the risk of pushing them away from reading, and there are already so many distractions for the young reader to contend with that can tempt them elsewhere. Published by Walker Books; 9781406300918 In 1992, French writer Daniel Pennac originally published this little gem of a book; The Rights of the Reader. I highly recommend
This year marks the anniversary of the publication of an extraordinary book. In 1991, Poolbeg published The Summer of Lily & Esme by John Quinn and in the 25 years since, it has never been out of print. The Summer of Lily & Esme tells a quiet story, filled with compassion, friendship, memory and heart. It is the story of Alan, an 11-year-old boy who has moved from the city into a house in the countryside; in the middle of nowhere.The house is old and extremely large and immaculate; and there is a locked, boarded over attic room that is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young boy who died tragically. Alan is not too pleased with this move and becomes even less thrilled when he discovers his closest neighbours, in fact his only neighbours, are a pair of elderly sisters, Esme and Lily, who seem to be suffering from dementia. When Alan falls down a hill of brambles and weeds, the sisters, who believe they themselves to be children, mistake Alan for their
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!!!!! Welcome to my post for the WONDERSCAPE Blog Tour , celebrating the arrival of the brilliant new book by Jennifer Bell. The spine-tingling concept of Wonderscape really caught my imagination, with its' blend of time travel and gaming as the backdrop of an intriguing mystery and some unlikely historical heroes along for the ride. Get ready to jump in.... WONDERSCAPE author: Jennifer Bell cover illustration: Paddy Donnelly Walker Books (4 June 2020) ISBN: 9781406391725 A mysterious explosion at 27 Peacepoint Estate draws the immediate attention of 13-year-olds Arthur, Cecily and Ren. On their way to school, they hear a dog whimpering inside the cottage and run in to rescue the poor pup. They are sucked through a portal and find themselves locked in a cabin of a ship called The Principia , captained by none other than Sir Isaac Newton...and strangest of all, in the year 2473. Arthur, Cecily and Ren are lost in the Wonderscape, an in-reality g