Friday, February 29, 2008

Summer Camps are coming soon, sign up now!

What kind of camps does a bookstore have? Well, this year, we've planned seven camps, covering all kinds of things: science, mythology, comics, law, drama--the list goes on and on!

All the information about the camps can be found at our website: www.littleshopofstories.com/summerCamps/ But what you won't find are the answers to my biggest question: What books tie in to the camps?

Well, the biggest, of course, is our Camp Half-Blood. Based on the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books by Rick Riordan, this camp is all about the Greek myths, ancient warriors, and other Olympian activities. Here's a picture from last year's Camp Half-Blood--look at them in action!

The comics camp will use all kinds of comics reference material, including some of our favorite graphic novels like Owly and the soon to be released Mouse Guard. We'll also use great cartooning books like Art Roche's Art for Kids: Cartooning or Ed Emberly's drawing books.

We have a Goody for Girls! camp based on the book For Girls Only: Everything Great About Being a Girl by Laura Downer. This camp will include fun, challenging, and inspiring activities to bring out the best in you.

Rick's running the So Cool Science camp and he's using several books, including Stomp Rockets, Catapults and Kaleidoscopes. (I don't know if he's using it, but if you like comics and you like science, check out Howtoons, a cool science experiments book done as a graphic novel!)

Of course, summer camps aren't about books, they're about fun! And every camp is going to be awesome fun for all involved, so be sure and come in to sign up ASAP!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Middle School Guys Group meets Jacques Couvillon

We are just finishing up a great night with Jacques Couvillon, author of The Chicken Dance, a book we've mentioned here on the blog before. Jacques' book was our read for the middle school guys' reading group, and he was here for it! He talked about writing the book, and showed us cool stuff like the international edition (it has a different cover and the title is different: it's just Chicken Dance in England, Australia, and New Zealand).

Check out this picture of book group member Dante chatting it up with Jacques as he signed his book after the book group met! Jacques also talked about some of his author pals (Jack Gantos, who wrote the Joey Pizga books, and Jeff Kinney of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame) and his next book, a companion to The Chicken Dance.

I enjoyed this book, in part because it reminded me of some of the classics of Young Adult literature. It's been described as a book about a boy named Don who suddenly has his world turned upside down when he wins the local chicken judging contest. But I think it's more than that--Don finds out some hard truths about his life and the people in it when he begins to figure out who he is and what's important to him. So thank you Jacques for coming today, and thanks for The Chicken Dance. To quote book club member Dante, "this guy wrote a really great book."

Monday, February 18, 2008

Super Fancy Storytime is GO!

It was FANCY STORYTIME here at Little Shop of Stories this past week. What makes a story
time Fancy, you ask? I'll let the pictures (avec captions) speak for themselves...

Your elegant (that's a fancy word for fancy) story tellers: the divine Miss Terra, estimable Mister Justin, and stupendous Ms. Krista.

Some super-fancy storytime visitors, including
the most dapper young man of the evening!

Even Dave dressed up!

We had fancy Parents!

Two lovely young ladies pose for the camera

Everyone learns to bow and curtsy

We read the newest Fancy Nancy book,
Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly!

We had fancy treats, including
sparkling juice and petti fours!

Ms. Krista reads to the fanciest crowd ever!

Miss Terra finishes Fancy Nancy and is about to read The Boy Who Cried Fabulous!

It was such a great time. Look here, we aren't even the only ones to say so! This blog talks it up, and even has a fabu picture of Miss Terra!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Sit down and read a good book in a Comfy Chair

We missed Coloring Page Tuesday over at Elizabeth Dulemba's blog, so here's this week's entry. Print it out, color it up!
Why? Why would we miss it? Because we were so busy preparing for FANCY STORYTIME! Wow, it was amazing! The next blog entry will be all about it, with fancy pictures and an enormous (that's a fancy word for big) description of all our wonder fanciness!!

Stay tuned!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I met an author this weekend!

So this very cool family (Mother, Father, three kids) comes into the store and I can't help but overhear them discussing books and authorship and writing-- all the hallmarks of an author, somebody who's got a book under their belt.

My antennae went up, but I kept quiet. I didn't want to seem nosy. But then they struck up a conversation. It turns out I was talking to Denene Millner and Nick Chiles, a writing couple who live in town. The coolest thing? Ms. Millner has a new YA series coming from Scholastic set right here in Atlanta! It's due out in April, and I can't wait to check it out.

I read a synopsis online (check out this review--the second one down--on the Blogging in Black blog from this past week) and it sounds interesting. Yes, it has the trappings of many girls' YA series--rich private school setting, with lots of social drama--but a couple of things set this apart. First, it takes place here in Atlanta! I have to say, though I could care less what happens in private schools in NY or LA, there's something about stories taking place in your own backyard that makes them much more exciting.

Second, from the synopsis there seems to be more going on than just surface glitz here. From what I can tell, these characters have more serious conflicts than just the nasty secrets and backstabbing that go on in so many of these series: conflicts of family and truth and friendship, the richest of material that can make any book worth reading.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Chinese New Year Party!

Yay! We just finished our super fun Chinese New Year story time!

Krista read some fun Chinese New Year-themed books like The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac and Bringing in the New Year. She also read some rat/mice/rodent-ish books because 2008 is the Year of the Rat!

That means, if you are born this year (or twelve years ago, or twelve years before that...) you are clever, ambitious, and quick witted. According to The Great Race, "the Chinese believe that your own character depends on which animal was ruling in the year you were born. They say 'this is the animal that hides in your heart.'"

Look at how much fun everyone had! Those wonderful lanterns they hold in their hands are the great craft we did after story time!

We always have fun at our Thursday night, 7pm story times, because we have milk and cookies. But this time we had extra-special FORTUNE COOKIES! How cool is that?

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

What kind of Tuesday?

This morning I asked my daughter, Nora, what today was.

"Tuesday, Daddy!"

"And what kind of Tuesday is it?"

"SUPER Tuesday!"

Here's a voting themed coloring page from our pal Elizabeth Dulemba. As always, you can find more great coloring pages at her website: dulemba.com. Just click through the link to her blog, or you can find a link on the freebies page.

A recent book about voting is Doreen Cronin's Duck for President, the latest in the Click, Clack, Moo series of picture books. It's a bit cynical about the whole voting process, but as always, very funny. Of course, there's nothing cynical about the most important message of the book: every vote counts. Especially the one's stuck to people's shoes (or pig's bottoms, as it were). Now be sure to vote!