Can it be summer already? We’re gearing up for a fantastic summer of fun and learning, with programs and classes for kids and teens, with activity booklets and book giveaways and this year, for the first time, a partnership with Woodland Park Zoo — yes, that means free zoo tickets, come August, while supplies last. Today the website for all things Summer of Learning went live — which is a marrrrvelllous preview for events that start on June 15. Let’s stop the summer slide, but have a great time doing it!
~posted by Jenny C.
We’re coming to a close on the Science Fiction Checklist Challenge shortly, but I wanted to make sure there were a few more offerings for the child sci-fi reader out there. Oddly, while children’s fiction is crammed to the gills with fantasy and magic, there’s not much SF on the shelf, especially chapter books, once kids have made their way past all the Star Wars beginning Readers.
If you haven’t picked up The True Meaning of Smekday yet, I highly recommend this hilarious adventure with a plucky young heroine and a truly ridiculous alien that inspired the Dreamworks movie, Home. I can’t speak to the movie, but the audio book version is mind-bogglingly well-read, and deeply funny. Other funny aliens on earth adventures can be found in the Alien in my Pocket books, What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World, Adventures of a Cat-whiskered Girl and Aliens on Vacation. Continue reading “Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: Kids”
~ by Jenny C.
For all of you reading along in the Mystery Challenge, this week we focus on the valiant, perceptive, amateur sleuth. Now, many heroes and heroines of the mystery genre qualify as amateurs, especially those from points in history before official certifications, but I wanted to highlight some of the most winning personalities among these amiable snoops.
The classic amateur investigator has to be Dorothy Sayers’ beloved Lord Peter Wimsey. Aristocrat and gad-about, forever dependent on his alarmingly efficient manservant, Bunter, Lord Peter swans around the countryside with an endearingly foppish attitude. When push comes to shove, however, his harmless façade drops to expose a ferocious intelligence. Set against the backdrop of the World Wars, Lord Peter’s adventures are not to be missed! Start with Whose Body? and discover why Sayers is one of the greats. Continue reading “Mystery Challenge: Amateur Sleuths”