April 2006 Archives

Lotte Klaver #60

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Lotte's sketchbook

One of Lotte's latest:

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is continuing to feature her work because we are convinced she has a bright future as an illustrator generally, and as an illustrator of children's books in particular.



Earlier this month a conference was organised in Monaco by the council of Europe, called 'building a Europe for and with children'. It was the launching event of their 3 year programme for the promotion of children's rights & the
prevention of abuse of children. Lotte created the image that the was used on posters, badges, folders and the programme for the event, as well as being used as a backdrop for the various conference presentations.





No Walk In The Park

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Review: The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks

There used to be those hoardings welcoming you to Catherine Cookson and James Herriot Country, but I doubt any tourist boards will be erecting "Welcome to Kevin Brooks Country" signs. Brooks's West Country offers neither the rugged man-against-the-elements beauty nor the comfortable sunny postcard variety. The fictitious setting of Lychcombe is a soulless Dartmoor village dying on its feet. Here, people do terrible things, often for the most petty reasons and in the most off-hand manner.... ....

So begins Philip Ardagh's excellent review of an excellent book, The Road Of The Dead by Kevin Brooks.

Award For Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolen receives Roots in Writing Award

Jane Yolen has been recognized by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Female Writers with the 2006 Roots in Writing Award...


Yolen has written more than 275 children's books and science fiction and fantasy novels, She is also a poet, has taught writing and literature, and has served as the president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

King-Smith Movie

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David Morrissey Joins Fire Horse - Movie News - Empire Movies

David Morrissey will star with Emily Watson in The Water Horse.

Based on Dick King-Smith's children's book, the story follows a Scottish boy (Alex Etel) who finds a mysterious egg on the shore of a loch. When the egg hatches and a water horse emerges, the boy must find ways to protect the rapidly growing creature from those who see it as a threat. Morrissey will play Captain Hamilton of the Royal British Army whose troop has commandeered a small diner run by the boy's mother (Watson). ...

Jay Russell will direct from an adaptation by Robert Nelson Jacobs. Shooting begins next month in New Zealand and Scotland for a 2007 release by Sony.

Beatrix Potter Statue

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newswire.co.nz - news of consequence

US actress Renee Zellweger has attended the unveiling of a statue honouring the children's author Beatrix Potter.

The Oscar-winning star said she hoped the 4.5 metre bronze statue at Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, would become "a distinctive local landmark".

Adult Princess

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Heads Up: Meg Cabot Has a New Calling�Not Suitable For Children!

Meg Cabot interviewed, prior to release of her new adult novel Queen Of Babble:

The author's upcoming Queen of Babble, due May 23 from William Morrow, revolves around post-graduation uncertainty, secrets and sex through the eyes of a young woman who usually has her foot in her mouth. It's her sixth adult novel, not counting the seven she has written under the name Patricia Cabot. As Meg Cabot, the novelist spoke recently with The Book Standard about the zamboni guy; screenwriting; her life as the basis for her fiction; and a shortcoming of contemporary writing: oral sex. "That's my calling," she says. "To put the blowjob back in literature."..

The author's upcoming Queen of Babble, due May 23 from William Morrow, revolves around post-graduation uncertainty, secrets and sex through the eyes of a young woman who usually has her foot in her mouth. It's her sixth adult novel, not counting the seven she has written under the name Patricia Cabot. As Meg Cabot, the novelist spoke recently with The Book Standard about the zamboni guy; screenwriting; her life as the basis for her fiction; and a shortcoming of contemporary writing: oral sex. "That's my calling," she says. "To put the blowjob back in literature."

Lotte Klaver #59

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Lotte's sketchbook

One of Lotte's latest:

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is continuing to feature her work because we are convinced she has a bright future as an illustrator generally, and as an illustrator of children's books in particular.

ST Book Of The Week

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Children's book of the week - Sunday Times - Times Online

Sunday Times Children's Book Of The Week

The Year The Gypsies Came by Linzi Glass

Beautifully, powerfully and compellingly written, the novel is revealing about the attitudes of Afrikaaners and Anglo-Africans in the 1960s, is rich in Zulu stories and is extraordinarily moving

Just Listen

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Inside Bay Area - IBA - Bay Area Living


Feature about Sarah Dessen, who is touring with her new book, Just Listen

ACHUKA recommends the Sarah Dessen blog, where she has recently been recording her experiences on tour.

Dense Tapestry

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | God and the bottle

Jamila Gavin reviews A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd:

Siobhan Dowd's novel was inspired by a true story, but it has the momentum and fascination of a detective story. In a densely woven tapestry of poetic language, sensations, and childhood experience, Dowd's characters stumble through life, bewildered and bereaved, accepting yet rebelling, reviving feelings and emotions that are most usually pushed into the back recesses of the mind in adulthood, or simply lost from memory...

What Book Can It Be?

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Teaching Ideas & Resources - TES - The Times Educational Supplement

�A bit like Holes but without the humour, the style or the story.�

Play the What Book Can It Be? game by taking a trip over to Geraldine Brennan's TES blog, where she has copied out some quotes overheard while she sat through discussions of the 45 novels nominated by regional library groups and individuals for the Carnegie Award.

Lois Lowry

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Buffalo News - Talking to Lois Lowry

An interview with LOis Lowry, author of The Giver

Lotte Klaver #58

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Lotte's sketchbook

One of Lotte's latest:

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is continuing to feature her work because we are convinced she has a bright future as an illustrator generally, and as an illustrator of children's books in particular.

ST Book Of The Week

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Children's book of the week - Sunday Times - Times Online

Sunday Times Children's Book Of The Week

THE AWFUL TALE OF AGATHA BILKE
written and illustrated by Si�n Pattenden

The story unfolds with refreshing impropriety, eccentric metaphors, unexpected satirical touches and whimsical wordplay to a happyish resolution, and is entertainingly punctuated by the author�s quirky and stylish drawings of, for instance, a sunbathing meteor...

Moral Beasts

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Tales with heaps of animal magic - Books - Times Online

Amanda Craig reviews two picture books:

JUNGLE PARTY by Brian Wildsmith


THE REALLY RUDE RHINO by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross


If Aesop was indeed a black slave, he was a particularly clever one to realise that he could get his ideas across best by dramatising the actions of beasts, not men. Two very different picture books featuring moral (or immoral) animals extend his wisdom on the limits of cunning and selfishness...

Much Much Darker

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | High anxiety in deepest Peru

Frank Cottrell Boyce on Evil Star the second title in Anthony Horowitz's 'Poer Of Five sequence:

The book is ambitious in a way that puts most adult novels to shame - dealing with world poverty and globalisation without ever seeming worthy or didactic. But it is much, much darker than Alex Rider. The Power of Five comics will be less Tintin and more like the doomy, paranoid Watchmen or something by the Hernandez Brothers.

Deakin Newsletter April 2006

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Deakin Newsletter April 2006

Deakin Newsletter April 2006

Superbly presented and highly recommmended, as ever.

New Flower Fairies

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Publishing News - News Page

From Publishing News:

PENGUIN'S FREDERICK WARNE imprint will be publishing new Flower Fairy fiction titles under the series name Secret Stories this July. The original titles by Cicely Mary Barker were first published before the First World War. The four titles, Rose�s Special Secret, Zinnia�s Magical Adventure, Lavender�s Midsummer Mix-up, and Wild Cherry Makes a Wish, all of which cost ?3.99, are aimed at five-to-seven-year-olds, and written by Kay Woodward and Pippa LeQuesne, both of whom have written branded titles for Penguin before. ..

Schwartz Shortlist

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CBC Arts: Short list announced for Schwartz Children's Book Award

Schwartz Shortlist Announced

The picture book nominees are:
Gretzky's Game, written by Mike Lionetti and illustrated by Greg Banning
Caramba, written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
Forever: The Annual Hockey Classic, written by Roy MacGregor and illustrated by Brian Deines
The Nutcracker, written by Karen Kain and illustrated by Rajka Kupesic
Shi-shi-etko, written by Nicola I. Campbell and illustrated by Kim LaFave

The young adult/middle reader nominees are:
The Crazy Man, written by Pamela Porter
Alice MacLeod Realist at Last, written by Susan Juby
The Gravesavers, written by Sheree Fitch
Skybreaker, written by Kenneth Oppel
Swimming in the Monsoon Sea, written by Shyam Selvadurai

Toronto-based photographer Sylvia Schwartz set up the literary prize in 1976 in memory of her sister Ruth, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the Schwartz family decided to rename the prize to honour Sylvia as well.

Lotte Klaver #57

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Lotte's sketchbook

One of Lotte's latest:

Lotte Klaver is a young Dutch illustrator. ACHUKA is continuing to feature her work because we are convinced she has a bright future as an illustrator generally, and as an illustrator of children's books in particular.

Happy 90th, Beverly Cleary

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Cleary: Ramona Forever

Beverly Cleary turns 90 today. To celebrate her birthday, kids across the [US] will Drop Everything And Read, just like Ramona does in "Ramona Quimby, Age 8." Cleary decided to include DEAR time in her books after some of her young readers suggested it. She loved the idea because she recalls being discouraged from reading when she was in school.

Children's Books Ireleand Conference

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Children�s Books Ireland Presents The 16th Annual Summer School 2006
A Weekend Dedicated to the World of Children�s Books
Friday May 19th to Sunday May 21st
at Belvedere College, 6 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Places for the Summer School should be booked in advance by contacting CBI on 01 8727475/info@childrensbooksireland.com.
Full weekend package costs �90 or �45 for one day package. Package includes all seminars along with lunch and Friday evening reception.

Children�s Books Ireland is the national children�s book organization of Ireland. CBI is committed to raising awareness of the value of children�s books, and to promoting, celebrating, and supporting literature for children. Children�s Books Ireland is grant aided by The Arts Council.

For further information please contact:
Mags Walsh, Director of Children�s Books Ireland
17 North Great George�s Street, Dublin 1
Tel. 01 8727475 / 086 6053888
Email: mags@childrensbooksireland.com

www.childrensbooksireland.com

Summer Reading Challenge 2006

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LIBRARIES LINK WITH STORMBREAKER� MOVIE IN A MISSION TO TURN CHILDREN INTO READING AGENTS!

LAUNCH OF THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE� 2006

Spies, secret agents and STORMBREAKER�S Alex Rider� are the inspiration for this year�s Summer Reading Challenge� -the Reading Mission - a massive promotion of children�s reading that runs throughout the UK�s libraries annually during the school summer holidays.

LICENSED TO READ
Children going into their local library this summer will be invited to sign up for the Reading Mission and become Reading Agents! Their Challenge is to read six different books during the summer holidays and as always in the SRC� there is a range of exciting incentives to help them on their way � collector packs , stickers, even secret message pens.

STORMBREAKER FILM TIE-IN
Plus, in a special tie-in with the movie release of Anthony Horowitz�s STORMBREAKER� starring teenage MI6 agent Alex Rider, libraries will be giving away Alex Rider/STORMBREAKER� Reading Agent cards to older children who take part. A code number on the plastic card gives access to an area on the Alex Rider STORMBREAKER� movie website, created just for Reading Mission participants. There kids will find all sorts of information, spy tips, competitions and lots of extra reasons to keep reading.

�We will be printing hundreds of thousands of STORMBREAKER� cards, capitalizing on children�s passion for all things espionage to make this year�s SRC the most appealing ever�, says Miranda McKearney director of The Reading Agency, the charity which co-ordinates the initiative, �They could even find their local library turned into a branch of MI6 this summer! It�s fantastic to have the link to STORMBREAKER�. Anthony Horowitz�s books are so popular and the tie-in to the movie underlines the way libraries are central to young people�s lives and culture�.

The Summer Reading Challenge� is now in its eighth year and huge. 95% of the UK�s libraries run the scheme and last year over 600 000 children took part. Research shows it has a real impact on children who take part - they read more and feel more confident about reading and choosing books (*Inspiring Children Report, Reading Agency 2003).

The Reading Mission is aimed at children aged 4 � 11 and the materials (and of course the books!) are provided by libraries absolutely free.

THE READING MISSION WEBSITE: www.readingmission.org.uk
A website, live from June 2006, invites children to explore the secret writing worlds of well-known authors including Anthony Horowitz and Jacqueline Wilson.

CERTIFICATES AND MEDALS
When children complete the SRC� by reading six or more books they receive a special certificate and medal celebrating their achievement.

NEW FOR 2006: PARENTS LEAFLET
This year, libraries will be handing parents a new leaflet full of ways to help children complete the SRC�.

ST Book Of The Week

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Children's book of the week - Sunday Times - Times Online

Sunday Ties Children's Book Of The Week

Edwardo, The Horriblest Boy In The World by John Burningham

Parents reading this at bedtime will be reminded how to forgive childishness and to treat children well. Endpapers with the title in many languages confirm that this is a message the whole world could take to heart. NICOLETTE JONES

Questions For Gappers Author

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NYT Reviews

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Children's Books - New York Times

New York Times children's books reviews

No Disappointment

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Review: A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve

Josh Lacey is not disappointed by A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve, the final part of his 'Mortal Engines' sequence.


The last few chapters of A Darkling Plain are magnificent, drawing together everything that we have experienced over hundreds and hundreds of pages. The finale is moving. And the last cunning twist that ends the book might be a little tricksy, but it's also apt and beautiful and very satisfying. With this quartet, Reeve has created an extraordinary imaginative achievement. Read it. You won't be disappointed.

Helping To Feel Less Alone

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Ballet dancer strikes perfect balance - Books - Times Online

Ballet dancer strikes perfect balance
Review by Amanda Craig

CLAIR-DE-LUNE (7+)
by Cassandra Golds


As is becoming recognised, there are all too many children who suffer from acute depression, and far too few genuinely good, imaginative books to help them feel less alone... ...

Amanda Craig thinks this will do.


Marks On Bologna

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Publishing News - News Page

Graham Marks sums up this year's Bologna for Publishing News...

Kiss & Tell Club

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DMNews.com test | News | Article

Little, Brown is running its first mobile marketing campaign with the Kiss & Tell Mobile Club, a cell phone text messaging program to target teen girls for titles like "Gossip Girl," "It Girl," "A-List," "Clique" and "The Dating Game."
The New York company also features non-series titles like "Bass Ackwards and Belly Up" and "Secrets of My Hollywood Life" in the mobile club.
Little, Brown is using Flytxt, a London-based mobile technology provider, for this marketing campaign.... ...

CBCA Book of the Year Awards - Shortlist 2006

THE CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The Children's Book Council of Australia

check also this list of Notables...

Notebook Girls

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calendarlive.com: BOOKS - In their own words

BY the end of "The Notebook Girls," the story of four teens at an elite New York high school, the main characters have had the kinds of experiences that make parents cringe � oral sex, the loss of virginity, binge-drinking, pot smoking. But Julia, Sophie, Courtney and Lindsey have also matured. They've mended fences with their parents and thought deeply about the world. They're on their way to college.

"Looking back on everything, I realized we all figured ourselves out in this mess," Courtney writes in a farewell note to her pals. "There's nothing we can't share."

The book is raw but also sentimental, the characters obsessed with making their way through high school's cruel pecking order. Parents are the objects of complaint, but they're on the periphery of the story. There's despair, and a happy ending. It reads, in other words, like the typical "young adult," or YA, novel, found in the teen sections of bookstores and mostly written by adults. But "The Notebook Girls," which will be published next week by Warner Books with a first printing of 40,000, is not a novel, it's a real-life account written by four actual teenagers... ...

Deal Done

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Scholastic Corporation :: Scholastic Acquires Worldwide English-Language Rights to Guillaume Prevost's Thrilling Adventure Trilogy, The Book Of Time

Scholastic has acquired worldwide English-language publishing rights to the fantasy adventure trilogy, The Book of Time, by Guillaume Prevost, from French publisher Gallimard Jeunesse, in a major pre-emptive deal. The first title, The Stone Statue, will be released simultaneously in the US, UK, and Australia in fall 2007. "Guillaume Prevost has a world-class imagination and a story to tell that will reach across borders to grab readers by their collars and hold them fast. We are thrilled to bring a unique talent like his to the attention of English- language readers around the globe," said Arthur A. Levine, VP, Editorial Director, Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic Inc. Elaine McQuade, Scholastic UK Managing Director, said, "We can't wait to publish Guillaume Prevost's captivating, intelligent, and hugely engaging The Book of Time in the UK. This readable and original story has all the ingredients of a bestseller."

Sex And The Teenage Girl

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Page burners: Sex and the teenage girl -- Newsday.com

Young-adult fiction has come a long way from Nancy Drew, the 16-year-old sleuth whose most intimate encounter with a guy was probably a batting of eyelashes at boyfriend Ned Nickerson.

But today's teenage fiction, with its slick covers, eye-riveting blurbs and steamy plots, is exploding off bookstore shelves, fattening anemic publishers' profits and attracting millions of television-worshiping teens. The market has become so lucrative that non-book publishing companies, like MTV, are elbowing into the increasingly crowded niche....


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Wolves In The Walls

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Independent Online Edition > Reviews

Review of theatre adaptatin of Neil Gaiman's Wolves In The Walls, showing at The Tramnway, Galsgow, until April 8th, then going on tour...

an exhilarating premiere for Featherstone's new National Theatre of Scotland, co-producing with Crouch's company Improbable. Recommended for everyone brave and over seven, it's adapted from the children's book by Neil Gaiman about a girl called Lucy whose family flee (at least initially) from their home when nightmarish wolves leap out of the walls..

ST Book Of The Week

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Children's book of the week - Sunday Times - Times Online

Sunday Times Children's Book Of The Week

Ghostboy and the Moonbalm Treasure
Richard Hamilton, Sam Hearn (Illustrator)

There is something old-fashioned about this enjoyable tale, not simply because it concerns the ghosts of a Victorian kitchen boy and his grandfather, who was a butler. It speaks to its young audience clearly, without postmodern tricks, or allusions aimed at adults reading aloud; it uses such tried and tested elements as vivid characters, a chase and a heart-warming ending.... NICOLETTE JONES

Art Books

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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Alice's adventures in Rotten Row


Early Victorian Illustrated Books by John Buchanan-Brown


Artist of Wonderland: The Life, Political Cartoons and Illustrations of Tenniel by Frankie Morris

both books reviewed in The Guardian

Passionate Puritans

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Passion catches fire among the Puritans - Books - Times Online

Amanda Craig reviews Forged In The Fire by Ann Turnbull:

It is hard to love Puritanism if, like many children, you love colour, music and a bit of luxury, but what is wonderful about Turnbull�s novels is that she takes you so deeply inside her heroes� feelings that you increasingly sympathise with their beliefs.

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