Monday, May 23, 2016

Walking and Listening to "Raymie Nightingale"

DiCamillo, Kate. Raymie Nightingale. Listening Library. 4 cd's, 4 hours and 26 minutes. 2016. $30.00 ISBN: 9781101917435.

Raymie is convinced that if she can win Little Miss Central Florida Tire 1975 her father, who recently ran off with a dental hygienist, will see her picture in the newspaper and come back home. Little does Raymie know that she is going to get a lot more out of entering contest than that.

Jenna Lamia does an amazing job narrating this story. She drew the story out at times when it needed to be. She paused and lingered over certain words and phrases. Jenna captured the personalities of the characters perfectly in the voices she chose for them. She really made this story come to life for me.

I don't normally take pictures of palm trees, but I liked how they were really swaying in the breeze this patroller morning so I figured I should try to capture it.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Walking and Listening to "Star Wars"

Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, The Scoundrel and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi? by Adam Gidwitz

Stare Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side by Tom Angleberger

Truth be told, I am not the biggest of Star Wars fans. Sure, I've seen the movies and even dressed up as Princess Leia one Halloween, but that was all eons ago. I was excited though to listen to these three new Star Wars audiobooks since I have had a chance to Skype with two of the three authors. What an absolute treat these books are.  They are packed with the most amazing sound effects which made me feel like I was smack-dab in the middle of the action, as well as watching the movie. They  helped to set the tone, created a mood and built tension. Mark Thompson and Rebecca Soler did an amazing job vocalizing all of the characters, matching them perfectly with all characters we know and love.

Having read other books by some of these authors, I loved that their writing styles were able to shine through and that they weren't changing their style so that all of the books would be alike. The Author's Notes at the end of each of the books provided great insight into their love of Star Wars and how they got involved with the books.

Summer is upon us and the blue sky proved it as I listened to "A New Hope"
Paddling season had just begun when I took this picture listening to "The Empire Strikes Back"
The sun was trying its hardest to break through the clouds this morning as I listened to "Return of the Jedi"

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Bruins Meet Adam Gidwitz (Via Skype That Is!)

The Bruins are huge fans of Adam Gidwitz and his books and were beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to Skype with him. 
They were treated to a retelling of Snow White, which is one of Adam's favorite Grimm stories. They laughed, they were grossed out and completely enthralled. (Video can not be seen via Safari)

The class also had an opportunity to ask Adam questions. They varied from, "Would you rather be with Jack and Jill when they are in Eddie’s stomach or be with Hansel when he was with the Devil?" (Answer: with Hansel and the Devil, no one wants to be in Eddie's stomach!) to "How do you choose the fairy tales that you want to make better?" (for this we got to see his collection of Grimm's fairytales that he refers to, full of post-its and notes on which stories would make great retellings) They also asked, "What kind of gross foods have you eaten in your life?" (He's tried a bunch of things but his all-time favorite is sweetbreads).   We also found out about his new book coming out in September An Inquisitor's Tale. We can't wait!
The kids also got to learn from Adam how to pronounce Eddie's full name.
Thank you Adam for spending time with us. Our Skype session with you was a great way to start our day and created fans for life. It is something that the kids will remember for a very long time to come.