Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Timeless Authors, New Tales

Everyone can name a book or two that they remember fondly from their childhood. For many, these were written by prolific authors including Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss. Lucky for us, each of these authors has released a new book within the past month - some posthumously- to delight and inspire us. Take the time to revisit these favorite authors from your childhood, or to introduce young readers to these new tales.

Shel Silverstein (1930-1999)
A poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, and screenwriter, Silverstein was best known for his children's books. He is the author of "The Giving Tree," "Where the Sidewalk Ends," and "A Light In the Attic" among others.

His newest collection, released September 20th, features never before seen poems and drawings carefully selected by his family from his personal archives.

"Every Thing On It"
Learn about the 28 uses for spaghetti, what happen when a hair dryer runs in reverse, and the symptoms of the disease "lovetobutcants." This newest volume of poems and illustrations by Silverstein will amuse and delight as much as his much loved classics.

Maurice Sendak (1928 - )
Maurice Sendak is an author/illustrator of children's books and a producer of operas and ballets for both television and stage. Best known for his books "Where the Wild Things Are" and "In the Knight Kitchen," Sendak has written and/or illustrated an impressive number of memorable children's books.

"Bumble-ardy," released on September 6th, is the first books that Sendak has both written and illustrated in 30 years. The story evolved from an animated segment on "Sesame Street" that originally aired in the early 1970s.

Bumble-ardy has missed his first eight birthdays due to his parent's dislike of anything fun. Living with his aunt-divine, Adeline, on his ninth birthday, Bumble-ardy is determined to celebrate. He rounds up every grubby-swine he can find and parties while Aunt Adeline works at Smith & Klein. How will it end? Humorous rhyming verse and animated pictures will have children delighting in the antics of the birthday pig.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)
Theodor Seuss Geisel was a writer, poet and cartoonist who often wrote under the pen names of Dr. Seuss and Theo LeSieg. The author of 46 children's books, Dr. Seuss counts "Green Eggs and Ham," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and "Horton Hears a Who!" among his works. His most famous work is arguably "The Cat and the Hat," a children's primer created using only 225 "new reader" vocabulary words.

His most recent book, released posthumously in September 2011, features 7 rarely seen stories originally published in magazines between 1950-1951.

"The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories"
A collection of seven original stories from one of America's favorite authors. Children and adults will delight on the stories of scheming cat engaged in tricking an innocent duck, a boy with "far-flung career fantasies," and the story that was the inspiration for the bathtub-ring scene in "The Cat and The Hat Comes Back."

Happy Reading!


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