Kids and Teen Blog
I think we've established how much we love Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant around here. If we haven't, the first Delilah Dirk adventure by Vancouver-based cartoonist Tony Cliff is FANTASTIC—we love it and you should read it this instant.
Don't just take our word for it—the folks at Vancouver's Kidsbooks love it too.
And, if that's not enough, it already has three (THREE!) starred reviews from the trade press (you know, the guys who review books before they're even published!) and praise from The A.V. Club ("incredible"), Boing Boing ("marvelous and exceptionally lovely") io9 ("quote possibly the only Victorian adventureress you'll ever need") and Wired ("a rollicking adventure").
But, maybe you've read it already and now you were wondering (like me!), "are there going to be more Delilah Dirk adventures?" Well, good news! First Second, Tony's publisher, has just announced that there WILL be sequel to Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant tentatively titled Delilah Dirk and the Blades of England.
England you say? Whoo-hoo!!!
Delilah Dirk and the Blades of England lands Delilah and Selim right in the middle of yet more crazy adventures. When Delilah is framed as a spy by an English army officer, her passion for revenge threatens to sever her friendship with Selim. Is she willing to lose the companionship of her only good friend in order to reclaim her reputation? Selim finally gets to see the England he has only imagined, but how will he feel when the combined strains of social conventions and Delilah's thirst for revenge overwhelm his experience?
Sadly, we don't know exactly when the book will be published yet, but fear not, we'll be sure to keep you posted!
Check out this cute video invite for the event:
I Want To Go To Moon Launch
6-9pm, January 13th 2012
Scottish Cultural Centre
8886 Hudson Street
Vancouver, BC V6P 4N2
You're invited to to the launch of I Want To Go To The Moon by Tom Saunders, Illustrated by Cynthia Nugent.
Saturday, December 17th, 2011 from 2:00-4:00. Coast Capital Playhouse 1532 Johnston Road, White Rock, BC.
About The Book:
Although everyone told Neil Armstrong his dream of travelling to the moon was impossible, he never gave up. Tom Saunders' song tells the story of Neil's life, step-by-step, until he reaches that world-changing "small step" and "giant leap." In this book, the inspiring lyrics are brought to life by the illustrations of award-winning Cynthia Nugent.
Annie Barrows the author of the bestselling children's series Ivy and Bean is going to be in Vancouver on Thursday! She will be doing two events that are open to the public- One in Vancouver and one in North Vancouver.
I have been re-reading this series over the past week and I am just so head over heels in love with these books. The story of the friendship between Ivy and Bean and all the mischief and fun they get into takes me right back to childhood. For parents that love the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary I highly suggest picking the Ivy and Bean Series up to read to your little ones. Each event ticket that you purchase comes with a $5.00 credit to be used towards one of the books.
Purchase your tickets from Kidsbooks today!
Two great events to choose from:
In North Vancouver:
Thursday November 4th
at 4:00 pm
Please note offsite venue:
North Van District Library,
Lynn Valley Branch
Community Meeting Room 1277
Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
For more information, call Kidsbooks in the Village at 604-986-6190
Thursday November 4th
at 7:00 pm
Please note offsite venue:
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Gym
2550 Camosun Street (at W.10th Ave.)
For more information, call 604-738-5335
January 25, 2010
With less than three weeks until the Olympics, out here in Vancouver we're wishing for snow...
Saskatchewan was just blanketed in the white stuff, but here on the coast, the hills are still looking barren... some cherry blossoms have even started blooming! There was some snowfall up at Cypress mountain over the weekend, but according to Environment Canada, it's not going to last, as temperatures rise and the snow turns into rain.
Talking about the weather is a typically Canadian trait ("Cold enough for ya?") - and we especially love talking about snow...
If you're curious about the science of the white stuff, have a look at The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino, with Jon Nelson, Ph.D.
The book has received lots of recognition and praise from parents, teachers and librarians:
- Awarded the 2010 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 (A cooperative project of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children's Book Council (CBC))
- Awarded a 2009 Blue Ribbon in the Nonfiction category by The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
- Included on New York Public Library's List of 100 titles for Reading and Sharing - 2009
- Was a 2009 Junior Library Guild Selection
"With never a hint of hyperbole, the authors communicate such a contagious sense of wonder that few readers will be able to resist following the final pages’ simple directions for constructing a handheld snowflake observation stage and rushing outside at the first sign of snow in hopes of taking a closer look at one of nature’s most beautiful and ubiquitous phenomena." - Booklist, Starred Review
"Libraries in areas where snow falls will definitely want to add this title to their collections, but it would enhance lessons on weather anywhere." - School Library Journal
"Nature photographer Cassino's galley of snow crystals is the sort of riveting exhibition that will have eyes locked to the pages, mesmerized by the intricate forms themselves and the 'How did he do that?' wonder at Cassino's technique of capturing images of these ephemeral delicacies." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review
You can read part of the book online:
Also be sure to visit The Science of Snow website - StoryOfSnow.com - and download a Teacher's Guide (PDF) for the book, which includes lesson plans for Science classes, as well as Language Arts, Music and Art.
But even after you've learned the science of snow, I'd still recommend keeping your fingers crossed for some snow to fall before the Olympics!