The new Nicholas Flamel … “The Magician”

The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)
By Michael Scott

Ashes to ashes …California: the book of “Abraham the Mage” holds the secret of eternal life – a secret more dangerous than any one man should possess. Dr. John Dee is two pages away from the knowledge that would bring the Dark Elders into ultimate power – and could mean the destruction of the world as we know it. Two people stand in his way: Josh and Sophie Newman. In Paris time is running out for Nicholas Flamel and his wife Perenelle. Every day they spend without the book, they age one year: their magic becomes weaker and their bodies more frail. Niccolo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, works for Dee and is in hot pursuit of them – Flamel knows there’s no time to lose and Sophie must learn about Fire Magic …Josh and Sophie are the world’s only hope. If they don’t turn on each other first.

Trailer for “Something Rotten” (for teens)

The Book:

Something Rotten: A Horatio Wilkes Mystery
by Alan Gratz


Denmark, Tennessee, stinks. The smell hits Horatio Wilkes the moment he pulls into town to visit his best friend, Hamilton Prince. And it’s not just the paper plant and the polluted river that’s stinking up Denmark: Hamilton’s father has been poisoned and the killer is still at large. Why? Because nobody believes that Rex Prince was murdered. Nobody except Horatio and Hamilton. Now they need to find the killer, but it won’t be easy. It seems like everyone in Denmark is a suspect. Motive, means, opportunity— they all have them. But who among them has committed murder most foul?

Coming soon – Let’s count goats by Mem Fox and Jan Thomas

Let’s Count Goats
By Fox Mem, Thomas Jan

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This wonderful picture book by acclaimed author Mem Fox has a wonderful, rollicking, rhyming text reminiscent of Where is the Green Sheep? And just like the super successful Green Sheep, early readers will be memorising the simple text – as well as honing their numeracy skills with all the crazy goats to count!

Shaun Tan’s “Lost thing” now on DVD

In a world of rivets and drabness, a boy befriends a fantastical red creature that appears to be totally lost: based on the writer-director Tan’s prize-winning children’s book.

Here is a trailer to tempt you …

Directed by Shaun Tan. This film is part of the Sydney Film Festival. June 2-14 2010. www.sff.org.au

About the DVD

The Lost Thing
A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Having guessed it is lost, he tries to find its owner or where it belongs, but is met with mute indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this interruption to their daily lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a ‘place’ for it.

DVD Extras include: Deleted scenes, pre-production artwork, notes and commentaries, mini-features on animation development, plus an extensive interview. The package also includes a 48-page field guide, ‘What Miscellaneous Abnormality Is That?’, a rare publication from the mysterious Federal Department of Odds. At last you will be able to correctly identify a lost thing when you see one. Check here for more details.

Remember the book?

A kid finds a lost ‘thing’ on the beach where he’s scavenging for his bottle top collection. The thing is a large, freakish creature but no one except the kid really notices it, it’s simply not part of their familiar day-to-day reality.

Buy the book here => http://bit.ly/aDgXuY

You can download
Teachers Notes
Resource Sheet: Imagination: The Lost Thing
Discussion module
Language Stimulation Guide

Book Trailer for Once by Morris Gleitzman

Once I escaped from an orphanage to find my Mum and Dad.

Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house.

Once I made a Nazi with toothache laugh.

My name is Felix.

This is my story.

This is a touching, beautiful book that is perfect to read to grade 5/6 children, as I have done. This book was the springboard to some of the deepest, most meaningful discussions I’ve had with schoolkids about youth, prejudice, war, Hitler, family and friends. I highly recommend “Once” and the sequel, “Then”.

Teachers Notes here => http://bit.ly/b5PC7P
Hear the author read from Chapter One as you read along with the text => http://bit.ly/bCsJn3
The real life stories that inspired the book => http://bit.ly/9dpaOx

Buy the book here => http://bit.ly/cmVaFv

Maurice Sendak reads his book “Where the wild things are”

More about the book and the movie here (and watch President Obama reading the book out loud) => http://bit.ly/cWuXFR

Today’s read: a new fairy tale from Graeme Base

The Legend of the Golden Snail

by Graeme Base

Wilbur’s favorite story is about a snail that takes the shape of a golden galleon when it sails through the Magical Realm. Captured by the Grand Enchanter, the Golden Snail must obey his commands for 100 years, after which it is banished to the Ends of the Earth until a new master can claim it by reciting the magical spell. Wilbur decides to find the Golden Snail, and, packing an odd assortment of things, he and his faithful cat set off in a small sailboat. The story follows the pattern of many traditional folktales. As Wilbur travels, he comes upon creatures in need of help. Though he feels he is being distracted from his mission, his kind heart prevails, and each of those odd items proves to be just what’s needed. His watering can helps quench the thirst of the wilting blossoming butterfly bush, etc. In turn, each rescued creature comes to Wilbur’s aid when he is in trouble. With his mission finally accomplished, Wilbur decides it is better to be a Gallant Captain than a Grand Enchanter. While the story is nothing new, the telling is fresh, with many original and inventive touches, and Base’s writing is well-paced and lively. The real standout is the artwork: well-composed, large paintings that are rich in detail but never look cluttered. As is usual with Base, there is a game to be played, this time finding a golden snail and crossbones in each picture. This beautiful book is sure to be a hit with the author’s fans and cultivate new ones.