Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Book Report: Sharing the latest in books, apps and literary marketplace news

"Books" by Paula Slade

This week’s “Book Report” covers a meet and greet with a best-selling children’s author, laureate honors for a beloved British author, and a new children’s app that promises to be a favorite.


Gallery Tour and Book Signing with Tomi Ungerer

The Eric Carl Museum of Picture Book Art
Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002

Event notes from the Carle:

“A trilingual author, Ungerer has published over 140 books ranging from his much loved children’s books to his controversial adult work. Selected from archives and private collections, the exhibition documents the bulk of Ungerer’s career as a writer and illustrator of children’s books. Included in the exhibition, among others, will be examples from Ungerer’s first book, The Mellops Go Flying (1957), as well as The Three Robbers (1962) and Moon Man (1967). Come meet the author and hear about the stories behind the artwork.”

In addition, there will be screenings of Ungerer films, courtesy of the Weston Woods Studios.

This event is FREE with standard museum admission.

For further information phone: (413) 658-1100 or Fax (413) 658-1139
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Julia Donaldson began her creative career as a songwriter, and performer, who has gone on to produce more than 120 books and plays for children worldwide, and most recently has been appointed Waterstone’s 2011-13 Children’s Laureate.

Noted for her clever and endearing rhyming books, (most notably her international bestseller The Gruffalo) Donaldson was not only honored with the laureate designation and a medal, but was recipient of a £15,000 award.

Although she has ventured into books that are not based in rhyme, her passion for verse will be her focus during her laureate tenure.

Below is a video of the making of the animated version of The Gruffalo, which was Oscar nominated for 2011 Best Short Film: Animation at the 83rd annual Academy Awards.


Olivia Acts Out By Polin8, LLC

Based on Ian Falconer’s Caldecott Honor-winning book, everyone’s favorite little literary pig and popular Nickelodeon television character, “Olivia,” now comes to life on the iPad.

Olivia Acts Out, is a charming 3D tale that includes more than 30 intuitively interactive touch animations, special effects and professional narration.

A delightful addition to a preschooler or youngster’s eBook library, and priced at $4.99 at iTunes.

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