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Tim McCanna Loves… WORDS

I am a logophilea lover of words. I love long words and short words. Words strung together and words         by     themselves      . Real words, made up words, loud words and soft words. I like big lists of groceries and tiny names of places on maps. I love anagrams, acronyms, homophones and portmanteaus. But I especially love words when they are put in picture books. In a picture book, words can leap out from those stodgy, organized rows and columns you find in most novels and newspapers. Picture book words can dance and twist and change colors. They can shrink and grow or jumble up and run off the page. They can be skinny, fat, squiggly or krompish. They can hang upside down or blast from a cannon. There’s really nothing words in a picture book can’t do!

The Monster at the End of this Book- Sesame Street Richard Scary's Best Word Book Ever Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can't You by Dr. Seus

My obsession with words might have started with the eye-popping exclamations in The Monster at the End of This Book starring lovable, furry old Grover. Or maybe it was the seemingly endless little lowercase words tagged to everything in the world from Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever. But it was probably the rhythmic, rhyming onomatopoeia (what a great word!) of Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss that sealed the deal. These were the books of my childhood, and they laid the foundation for a long-lasting relationship with the written word. I’ve read them to my children, and some day I may even read them to my grandchildren. If you’re looking to build a young child’s library, start with these three classics. Because all it takes is one amazing word in a picture book to make any kid a lifelong bibliophile. 

Tim McCanna is the author of Bitty Bot and Watersong. He lives in San Jose, CA and serves as assistant regional advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ San Francisco/South chapter. Meet Tim for story time and signing at Books Inc. in Santa Clara on March 19 at 11:00am.

Bitt Bot by Tim McCanna Watersong by Tim McCanna

 

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Smokey N°5

cocktail photo

There's a lot of drinking and smoking going on in Victor Lodato's Edgar & Lucy. And plenty of thought about the memory of Chanel N°5.  So I wanted to put the perfume in a glass and swirl it with smoke.  The most unusual step for this drink is bottling that smoke - please go to booksinc.net for detailed instructions.

  Edgar and Lucy cover image

  

Smokey N°5

1.5 oz. Vanilla vodka
.5 oz. Galliano
.5 oz. Crème de banana...
.5 oz. Rose water
.5 oz. Jasmine flower water
2 dashes lemon bitters

Stir all with ice. Strain into smoke filled vessel. Stopper it. Tilt once, twice. Release into chilled glass.

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Philip Pullman Introduces The Book of Dust- Preorder Now!

If you're anything like me, that name might ring a bell, well let me refresh your memory:

Philip Pullman Bio

That's right, THAT GUY. The author of The Golden Compass. You recognize that book, right?

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

or this one...

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

or maybe this one...

The Golden Compass

Or maybe Graphic Novels are more your thing?

Golden Compass Graphic Novel

 

Anyway, the point is, this man (who has multiple versions of his first novel) is coming out with a new series, set in the same world as His Dark Materials. 

Here's a bit from the Publisher's promotionals:

"Two decades after The Golden Compass (1996)—the first book of Pullman’s world-famous His Dark Materials trilogy, which has sold more than 17.5 million copies in over 40 languages—THE BOOK OF DUST (#BookofDust) will return to the parallel world that has enthralled readers young and old. The plot will remain under wraps until publication in October, but it can be revealed that the book is set ten years before The Golden Compass and centers on the much-beloved Lyra Belacqua. Alethiometers, daemons, and the Magisterium return to play their part, and Pullman also introduces a host of new characters." - Random House Children's Books

Know that you don't want to miss this? The Book of Dust is available for pre-order now. And the best part? Pre-order through Books Inc. and get 15% off. The offer ends October 16th, 2017.

Philip Pullman Pre order

 

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