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*naked man on piano* No, not that. The children are home. And speaking of my awesome daughter... Heh. For those of you who have Half Price Bookstores in your area, EVERYTHING is 20% off all day today. SCORE. #2 and I went to find some treasures and boy, did we. (Oh em gee, I totally have the Flowers in the Attic series and I am going to CHEESE HEAVEN. But why were they labeled horror? Because of the writing? Because of incest? Hmmm.) Reasons why #2 rocks:

In the kids' section, she pulls out Caldecott winner after Caldecott winner and tells me how much she "admires" that author and all the other books they've written, and can tell me all of the different illustrators she loves, etc. *beams* A shopgirl was shelving books near us and, after several minutes of my daughter telling me all of her favorite books and authors, beamed and nodded at me. We picked up some Jules Verne for The Boy, and he's happily traveling 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea right now. (How many of you are saying that like Phil Hartman? Hahaha.) Emily has some pretty books with great artwork that she's flipping through (not to mention a COOL pop up book on Prehistoric Sharks) and #2 is trucking through Madeline L'Engle.

And yes, their mother is reading cheesy pulp fiction about a brother and sister who fall in love. Ha. OH! And I purchased a steam cleaner today and I am SO EXCITED about cleaning my carpets. Which means the world is coming to an end. But new toys, wheeeee!!! *steam cleans our SOULS*

Oh, confidential to TBQ: your Caitlin books should be there today or this weekend. YAY!! Feel better! And Jan 2 is This Life +10, YAY!!! And tomorrow is the FNL marathon on Bravo, double YAY!!

Happy Friday, everyone!! If I don't post, have a fun (AND SAFE, omg DO NOT DRIVE IF YOU'VE BEEN DRINKING, or I will SPANK you and not in the fun way) NEW YEARS!

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a2zmom
Dec. 29th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Which Caldecott writers is she into? Because I adore great picture books.

Some of my favs:

Maurice Sendak (of course. I think the man is a genius)
Chris Van Allsburg
Paul Zalinsky
Allen Say (as moving as any book I've ever read)
David Weisner (what a great imagination and his illustrations are amazing)
David Macauley
Arnold Lobel (one of my favorite author/illustrators)
Leo & Diane Dillion (I especially like their illustrations of African fables)
William Steig
Ezra Jack Keats (The Snowy Day has been a favorite for forty years)
Robert McCloskey (Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal, two brilliant books)
Ludwig Bemelmans (The Madeleine books)
Crockett Johnson (existentialism for kids)
stoney321
Dec. 29th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
I'm turning the keyboard over to my #2. :D

A book named "Swimming" that's made with potato stamps.
Chris Van Allsburg! We got Jumanji today and Zathura is cool.
I like the Holly Black Spiderwick books.
We have Make Way For Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal and the Madeleine books and movies!
I love the Strega Nona books and all the Tommie De'Pola books.
I like anything by Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume, too. I want to have The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo. My mom can't find it.
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship is a book I have and like, too.
If you have boys you should get them Goosebumps. Those are really really scary and cool.
That's all I can think of now, sorry!
a2zmom
Dec. 29th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
You should also get Chris Van Allsburg's "The Z Was Zapped" and "Two Bad Ants". Both are very funny.

I also love Stega Nona!

Look for "Tuesdays" by David Weisner. So cool.

One of my favorite books in the whole world is "Half Magic" about a coin that only gives you half your wish.

Tell your mom to try half.com for books that are hard to find.

My boys did read Goosebumos when they were younger.

"Outside Over There" by Maurice Sendak might be the most beautiful book ever. His most famous is "Where the Wild Things Are", but I like the one even more.

I love to talk about books so tell your mom that I'll be happy to discuss them with you.
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leila82
Dec. 29th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Oooh Madeleine L'Engle! I went to Half Price the other day, and they had A Wrinkle In Time, and I was so excited! I'm a sucker for young adult fiction, and I loved that series when I was little, and I totally wanted to be Meg, because what could be better than being a big big nerd, right? It was disappointing that they only had one book, and not all four.
stoney321
Dec. 30th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
I'm a HUGE fan of YA books, too. Hey, most of them are better written than a lot of books targeted for adults, so let your light so shine!
gillo
Dec. 29th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
It may be worth pointing her at Carnegie Medal winners too - the Carnegie shortlists over the last half-century contain most of the top writers for young people working in English (bias to our side of the Pond, though, which is why she may not have heard of some of them.) And the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Prize are also pretty decent indicators. Though my very favourite writer for young people and children, Diana Wynne Jones hasn't won anything like as much as she should have done.

The best thing about teaching English to kids aged 11-18 is the cast-iron excuse it gives me to read fiction written for them!
slasheuse
Dec. 29th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
Dude, the Carnegie Medal. Our school did the Carnegie Shadowing thing the year I was 14, and I was on the team! It was really great, and actually the first time I read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (which was one of the shortlisted books). The winner was Postcards From No Man's Land, for which #2 is probably too young BUT it was really brilliant. King of Shadows is good as well.

Anyway, hurrah English teachers! What groups do you teach? What kind of school?
gillo
Dec. 30th, 2006 12:20 am (UTC)
King of Shadows is now on the reading list of lots of schools - the Shakespeare tie-in is irresistible!

I teach in an English secondary school, for gifted and talented children - top 25% of the ability range. It's a private school - fee-paying - though not, in British terms, a "Public" school. As is the norm in England, I tend to teach one group from each age-group - my current pupils range in age from 11 to 18. With the younger ones it's a mix of language arts and literature - with te older students it's specifically drama or literature up to pre-university level (approximately equivalent to US college sophomore level.) I love the variety - I'm head of drama at my school too, so I teach theatre studies as a discrete subject.

Oh, and I live twenty minutes from Stratford on Avon, so I get to go to the theatre quite often. Famous local boy made good, you know. *g*
slasheuse
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
...um. This is so very ridiculous; I live IN Stratford-on-Avon! Oh god, which school do you teach at?
gillo
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
Henry's in Coventry. Sorry about the laborious explanation of English schools above - I find it's easier to do it straight off as it's so different from the US system. I can't imagine how awful it would be to teach the same stuff to the same age-group year after year all year.
slasheuse
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:55 am (UTC)
O thank GOD it's not King's in Warwick, or you'd be one of my old teachers.
gillo
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
No, it's Henry's. My daughter went to KHS, though! (Left eighteen months ago...)
gillo
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
I did get as far as an interview for Head of English there...

slasheuse
Dec. 30th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
Aha! The lady who took that job was my old teacher (for a moment I thought you might be her). I left Shottery (Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls) in 2005, you see. What a coincidence!
gillo
Dec. 30th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
Ah. The bloke who went there as head of English used to work with me at Henry's. Talk about small worlds...
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gillo
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
DWJ is one of the very limited number of writers whose books I buy as soon as I see them, in hardback if necessary**. Are you a member of dianawynnejones? Did you like The Pinhoe Egg? I loved it.

**Also in that group are Terry Pratchett, Peter Dickinson, Philip Pullman and Lindsay Davis.
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gillo
Dec. 30th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
Lindsay Davis writes detective stories set in ancient Rome, with a nice turn of humour and characters you grow to love. Peter Dickinson is just wonderful - mostly books for young adults and children, though a fair few adult books too. He's won a fair number of awards, not always for the books I love best. Have a look at the website I linked - there are specimen chapters - I adore The Ropemaker and its very recently-released sequel, Angel Isle, but there are loads. He's married to Robin McKinley, BTW, and his son John has published some wonderful, very dark, YA fantasy too.

Some of the best writing of the present day is done for children and young adults. It's wasted if they are the only ones to read it!

Have you read Jonathan Stroud's wonderful Bartimaeus trilogy? More fabulous fantasy.
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gillo
Dec. 30th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've read any Pamela Dean, but I've enjoyed Nix for a while - are you following the Keys of the Kingdom? Another interesting Australian writer is Trudi Canavan. I'm currently deep into a Christmas present, Seeker by William Nicholson, whose Wind on Fire trilogy was so good. The great thing about Seeker is that the next book is already published, so all I'll need to do is fire up Amazon and use some of my Christmas present cash!

I agree Bartimaeus is a bit dark for Children rather than YA - the end of the last book in particular is not something I'd want to share with even a very bright 8/9 year-old. I have a fair amount of input into my school's fiction collection, but we start at age 11, so that isn't such an issue.
stoney321
Dec. 30th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
I stepped away yesterday and came back to a FANTASTIC recs list, thanks! I'm waiting for my #2 to wake up (they're having a lie-in) so I can quiz her on some of these awards and books in the thread. She manages to find loads of great reads in her school's library. (And she's a bit of a teacher's pet, so Miss Andrews likes to loan her books, which I love.)

THANK YOU!!
gillo
Dec. 30th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
I was about to apologise for spamming your LJ! I am passionate about books written for young people - I love them in their own rights and adore being able to talk to my pupils about all the most up-to-date stuff. It does wonders for the coolth of my teacher-image! ;-)
stoney321
Dec. 30th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, never apologize for having conversations in my journal! I love it. anelith is a fantastic lady - she reads wonderful things, so to have two lovers of books hit it off in my LJ? Greatness!
gillo
Dec. 30th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
She certainly seems to share some of my key obsessions!

I just have a problem stopping when I get into booktalkmode...
beadbeauty
Dec. 29th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
Steam cleaner? can you come to my house? I could use one of those.

Glad to hear you have such literate and art appreciating kids. My kids just like to watch tv. HAHA!! Just kidding. And I cannot believe you are reading FITA. Too funny.

Have a happy new year. I am trying not have a migraine. I got one at 4:30am and woke up crying as my dreams told me some vice was squeezing my head until I woke up and realized that was ACTUALLY HAPPENING. I feel loopy from excedrin today. bzzzzzzz
beadbeauty
Dec. 29th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
this was supposed to be the icon for above. I went to the zoo with my friend today. Her kids are funny. Everytime they'd see a korean person, they'd say "Look mom, there's a korean just like us!" I was cracking up so I'd point out caucasians here and there. It was a fun game. "Hey kids, let's point out the races!" Ooooh..... not such a good idea.
stoney321
Dec. 30th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
So, I used the cleaner last night in my office, which meant no computer all night as the carpets dried.

DOOD. Oh my GOD I am in love with this thing. Like NEW!!! It's really easy to use and kind of fun, in that new appliance way.

I'm sorry you've got a migrane! WTF? Ouchie. I woke up today from a HORRIBLE DREAM about Mr. S bringing a new woman into our relationship and accusing me of cheating. UH....
beadbeauty
Dec. 30th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
I hate those dreams! Seriously. Can you come and steam clean my house? I need it desperately. Then can you dust? I hate dusting.

Migraine officially GONE. Whew. Hah- hah- HAPPY.
speakingsilence
Dec. 29th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness, now I've got the bug to go back and pick up the Flowers in the Attic series! I couldn't tell you how many times I read those in high school...and then got my younger sister addicted to them. I felt so grown up and sophisticated when I gave them away to a used bookstore eventually. And now I want them back--sophistication and psuedo-intellectualism should be reserved for only those ocassions when they're actually required. *grins*

Happy New Year!
stoney321
Dec. 30th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
Heeee! I'm reading them from the story's chronological happenings, so I'm learning all about evil Olivia (grandmother) and Malcolm (wicked stepfather) and THAT level of incest.

And I think I felt the same way, too. It's how flowery the prose is, I think. "For I would never realize the cold blue of his eyes wasn't the dawning summer skies, but the cold austerity of winter." Heeeee!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!!! *hugs you and gives you loads of petting*
speakingsilence
Jan. 2nd, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
I forgot about Olivia and Malcolm! LOL I'm sure I've learned some of my appreciation for the twists and turns of relationships that happen in fanfic from encountering these novels during such an impressionable time in my youth. ::grins::

Happy New Year to you as well!! ::hugs::
viciouswishes
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
Is The Boy going to watch the movie based on the book with Paul Gross where I swear to baby!Jesus that he spears a giant vagina? It's been on Sci-Fi a billion times in the past month and Lornelover makes me watch it every time just because Paul Gross is very pretty.
stoney321
Dec. 30th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
Ooooooooh! He may be watching that now!! I've been searching YouTube for the clip with Phil Hartman, as he was trying to explain that a league vs. a foot is like a pound vs. a liter to his sister.

VAGINA. Wow, that's on the list now, heee!
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stoney321
Dec. 30th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
IT IS!! Aren't those the most elaborate and wonderful books? I can't think of who did the Alice in Wonderland or Wizard of Oz pop ups, but those are the most amazing things I've seen.

Anne, my carpets were DISGUSTING. Three cats, a dog, and three kids? Plus their friends? Bleh. It was... interesting to dump out the water reservoir on the cleaner, to say the least. >.< But my carpet in my office looks BRAND NEW. Today I do the play room.... Next stop, yours! *packs up everything for a visit*
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