Saturday, May 8, 2010

Authors, Children's Book Week and the Wimpy Kid

Amy Ignatow visited the Parkland Community Library today to talk about her first book, The Popularity Papers. Amy is a wonderful presenter.  She drew cartoons for the audience, explained how her books came about and revealed that Lydia and Julie will star in a book about their first year of middle school!!  The library has a few signed copies of The Popularity Papers left.  So rush over and buy one now.

Children's Book Week begins on Monday, May 10th.  The Parkland Community Library is giving away two signed copies of Amy's book, The Popularity Papers, two signed copies of The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin and two copies of What a Treasure! by Jane and Will Hillenbrand.  There is a catch!  Entrants must write a short review of a favorite book for children or teens when they enter this drawing.   Pick up an entry form the next time you come into the Parkland Community Library.

Greg Heffy has left the building for awhile. If you can't wait for another Wimpy Kid  to come out, try these titles and authors:
No more dead dogs by Gordon Korman.  When a sixth grader takes over the school's production of a play based on a "dead dog" book, things quickly get crazy.

The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger is the story of an origami finger puppet that gives advice - or does it?  Homework, love and friendship woes are all illustrated with line drawings in this case study of a paper phenomena.  Very funny.

Or look at Henry Winkler's Hank Zipfer series. The curtain went up, my pants fell down is just one title in this series.

Jon Scieszka's Time Warp Trio series has a lot of action and weird humor in each book.

Soup and Soup & Me by Robert Newton Peck show that guys repeat the same craziness over and over and over...  The books look old-fashioned but the high-jinks are up to date.  Read the other books in the seris, too.

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