Children's Picture Book Event

Cornell P. Landry - THE TIGER & THE HONEY BADGER TAKE ON THE ZOO

Event date: 

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for story time and a booksigning with the inimitable Cornell Landry, author of GOODNIGHT NOLA, as he returns to Octavia Books with his new book,THE TIGER & THE HONEY BADGER TAKE ON THE ZOO.

A lovely story about a tiger and his best friend challenging an elephant and his friends to a game of football.

What could be sweeter?

 

AUTHOR'S DISCLAIMER: THIS BOOK IS NOT ABOUT LSU OR THE SEC. ANY LIKENESSES ARE STRICTLY COINCIDENTAL. 

Cornell P. Landry - Steeped in New Orleans—just like a strong cup of coffee from Café Du Monde— Cornell Landry and his work embody the city he has known and loved for 43 years. Born and raised just across the Mississippi River in what the locals call the Westbank, Cornell grew up in a family where he was surrounded by faith, tradition and delicious food every single day.

 

Peter Brown - CREEPY CARROTS!

Event date: 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for story-time/drawing-time and a booksigning with celebrated children's picture book illustrator Peter Brown featuring his just released CREEPY CARROTS! Highly recommended for ages 4-8.

The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch in this clever picture book parable about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him.

Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots.
He eats them on the way to school.
He eats them going to Little League.
He eats them walking home.
Until the day the carrots start following him...or are they?

 

Peter Brown’s stylish illustrations pair perfectly with Aaron Reynold’s text in this hilarious picture book that shows it’s all fun and games…until you get too greedy.

"This age-appropriate horror story takes children’s fears seriously and then offers them an escape through genuine comic relief." -- School Library Journal

 

see The Creepy Carrots Zone from Peter Brown on Vimeo.


Peter Brown is the author of Children Make Terrible Pets and the critically acclaimed artist of Chowder and Flight of the Dodo. He is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Peter at www.peterbrownstudio.com.

 

 

Karma Wilson - BEAR SAYS THANKS

Event date: 

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 2:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for story time and a booksigning with children's book author Karma Wilson featuring her newest picture book, BEAR SAYS THANKS -- highly recommended for pre-k through 2nd grade.

Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks—a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do?

Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s charming illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering the special gift Bear has to share.

 

Karma Wilson is the author of the bestselling BEAR books, which have sold over a million copies and include the titles Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, and Bear Stays up for Christmas, all illustrated by Jane Chapman. She is also the author of Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Fortine, Montana.

Dianne de Las Casas & Marita Genrty - BEWARE, BEWARE OF THE BIG BAD BEAR

Event date: 

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join us for a book release party with children's book author Dianne de Las Casas and illustrator Marita Gentry featuring BEWARE, BEWARE OF THE BIG BAD BEAR. No one knows how to throw a more fun kids' book launch event then these two - there promises to be loads of hands-on activities, interactive storytelling, costumes, live art, biscuits (with homemade jams!) and more, followed by a booksigning.

Their tasty tale is of a family on a bright, sunny morning. Maw Maw wants nothing more than to make her beautiful, delicious, buttery biscuits. But, she is out of the most essential ingredient—sody sallyraytus. Without it, no one can enjoy breakfast!

Maw Maw sends her family off on a mission that proves to be more dangerous than she thought. She warned them about the big bad bear that lives under the bridge. No one listened. Even Maw Maw falls victim to the giant animal! It appears as if there will not be any fluffy biscuits ever again, but when a smart, brave, and hungry squirrel comes to their rescue, everyone finds their taste buds satisfied. Readers will not feel left out, however—a biscuit recipe in the back of the book is sure to please!

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, and recording artist, and the founder of Picture Book Month. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, conferences, and special events. She is the author of many picture books with Pelican, including Mama’s Bayou, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate.

Marita Gentry is a professional artist whose artwork is featured in galleries throughout Louisiana. A recipient of numerous awards and commissions and accomplished teacher, she is involved in several artist-in-residence programs each year. This is Gentry’s sixth picture book with Dianne de Las Casas. Their collaborations include Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, There’s a Dragon in the Library, and Dinosaur Mardi Gras.

 

An Evening with William Joyce - THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE

Event date: 

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) - Lupin Lobby
2800 Chartres St
70117 New Orleans
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"Underneath this book-about-books, there’s a deeper story of love, loss, and healing, one that will be appreciated as much (if not more) by adults as by children." -Publishers Weekly

Reception at 6:00PM. Program will start promptly at 6:30PM.
Please arrive early.


Octavia Books
WWNO Public Radio
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

invite the you to join us for a special evening with
William Joyce
celebrating the release of his amazing new picture book
THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE

The program will include a screening of Joyce's Academy Award-winning short film that was inspired by the story, followed by an interview of the author by Susan Larson for WWNO's "The Reading Life." a book-signing and light refreshments.

The opening reception will begin at 6pm in NOCCA's Lupin Lobby, located in the Marigny at 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans.  Enter through the front entrance by the train tracks and follow the signs to Lupin Memorial Theatre.  The presentation will begin promptly at 6:30pm.

Tickets:

Tickets are required. Each ticket admits one person and may be exchanged at the event for one signed edition of THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE by William Joyce.  Tickets are the price of one book.

We strongly recommend that you pre purchase now by coming to Octavia Books or by calling us during store hours at 504-899-READ (7323). Tickets may also be purchased online by clicking here. You must pay for your tickets at the time you reserve them. Tickets are non-refundable.  Tickets and additional books may be purchased at the event while seating is still available and supplies last.

If you wish to purchase a signed edition without attending the event, or if you are purchasing tickets and also want to purchase additional signed books, you may order these at octaviabooks.com/book/9781442457027, and write " signed copy - not attending" or "extra signed copy - attending" in the order comment area when checking out. Only copies purchased through Octavia Books will be signed. 

 


The story that inspired the Academy Awardwinning short film, from New York Times bestselling author and beloved visionary William Joyce.

Morris Lessmore loved words.

He loved stories.

He loved books.

But every story has its upsets.

Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.

But the power of story will save the day.

Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children’s literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s story that we truly celebrate—and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.

 

William Joyce has put his personal stamp on all types of children’s media. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core!, and Santa Calls. He’s won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series, developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug’s Life, and made films including Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He’s currently executive producer of the DreamWorks Animation release of Rise of the Guardians (Fall 2012) inspired by his new series. He is also producing The Leaf Men, based on his book The Leaf Men. And his star continues to rise—he won an Academy Award for his innovative short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.

 

DINOSAUR MARDI GRAS - Dianne de Las Casas

Event date: 

Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Twelve nights have passed, so join us for your first king cake of the season along with storytime and activities to celebrate the release of children's book author Dianne de Las Casas and Marita Gentry's DINOSAUR MARDI GRAS.

"It's a roaring reading party! Pass out the sparkly beads, put on the catchy Mardi Gras tunes, and let the kids CHOMP! CHOMP! and STOMP! STOMP! to the infectious beat of Dinosaur Mardi Gras. A perfect read-aloud!"-John Schumacher, school librarian, founder of MrSchuReads.com, and 2011 Library Journal Mover & ShakerIt's Carnival time in New Orleans!

So get ready to stomp, chomp, and boogie to that mambo beat. As the parade rolls down the route, Brachiosaurus tosses his beads, while Triceratops sings the blues and Spinosaurus taps his blue suede shoes.The big beasts boom and bop to the shouts of "Throw me something, mister!" from the crowd below. Rex, King of Carnivores, takes center stage, roaring through the crowds.This festive book, full of flamboyant illustrations, includes a glossary and instructions for creating a Mardi Gras float. Laissez les bon temps rugir! Let the good times roar!

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, and recording artist. She performs worldwide at schools, libraries, conferences, and special events. She loves to celebrate Mardi Gras, especially when she can get up and bust a move! The author of The Cajun Cornbread Boy, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, Mama's Bayou, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, There's a Dragon in the Library, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate, de Las Casas lives with her family in the New Orleans area.

Marita Gentry is a professional artist whose artwork is displayed in galleries throughout Louisiana. Her vivid illustrations have earned her numerous awards and commissions. An accomplished teacher, she is involved in several artist-in-residence programs each year, helping schools enliven their walls with murals. She thinks Carnival is cool and the best way to celebrate is to let the good times roar! This is the fifth book Gentry has dreamed up with Dianne de Las Casas. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Le Petit Bonhomme Janvier : The Little January Man - Cornell Landry

Event date: 

Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us when local children's book author Cornell Landry (GOODNIGHT NOLA), returns to Octavia Books for a storytime booksigning of his new book, Le Petit Bonhomme Janvier.

This is the story of Le Petit Bonhomme Janvier - The Little January Man. When Santa disappears he steps onto the scene, for 7 days, to play with all the toys that Santa has left for all the girls and boys. He loves to move the toys around to try to hide them from the children. A favorite place to hide them is in the kitchen sink. This little prankster is a hungry one, so parents and children will make him goodies each night to leave underneath the tree. When they wake each morning, the plates will be licked clean. On New Years Eve, to show thanks for all of the goodies, and for all the fun and play, the children's stockings will be stuffed when they wake on New Years Day.

THE BOURBON STREET BAND IS BACK - Ed Shankman & Dave O'Neill

Event date: 

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a reading & signing with children's author Ed Shankman & illustrator Dave O'Neill celebrating their new book, THE BOURBON STREET BAND IS BACK.

Jazz, of course, is the only truly American form of music, born from a meeting and mixing of cultures where the mighty Mississippi meets the Gulf of Mexico. Drummer Bobcat Bob leads a hot band of multi-cultural musicians, featuring a gator on bass, a finger-snapping frog, and a horn section made up of raccoons, a crayfish, and some loons. Bobcat Bob's band is known for miles around - "They played like wind. They played like fire. They raised the roof, and raised it higher. They played all night and weren't done, 'Til morning came and they raised the sun." But one day the music stopped and "the great New Orleans lost its voice." Through months of darkness and sadness the people "wished that things were like before." And with a single drum beat on Bourbon Street, and then another, and another, the music came back to New Orleans, better than ever!

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation.

 

Jean Cassels - THE CAJUN NUTCRACKER

Event date: 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join us for storytime and a booksigning with children's book illustrator Jean Cassels featuring her new book, THE CAJUN NUTCRACKER

As Merrae celebrates with her friends and family her excitement grows when she receives a Nutcracker from her godfather.  But that night she finds herself surrounded by nutria and threatened by the evil Gator King.  Soon toy soldiers and the Nutcracker come to life and battle the creatures.  Merrae is saved by the Nutcracker and finds he is truly a Prince.  In his pirogue they make their way through the misty cypriere--cypress swamp lit by la mouche a feu--fireflies to the chateau of the Sugar Cane Fairy.  There they are fed with Cajun treats and entertained by dancing cayenne peppers, pralines and le crevisse--crawfish; while soft beignets danced around the cafe' au lait. With the sweet fragrance of magnolias in the air, Prince Hudson smiles as The Sugar Cane Fairy crowns Merrae as the Cajun Princess.  Was it all just a dream?

Jean Cassels teaches drawing, painting, and illustrating classes at New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to illustrating more than sixty natural history titles, she has provided the images for numerous award-winning children’s books.  Inspired by her curiosity for nature, Jean began drawing animals at a young age. After studying at Eastern Michigan University, she attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois School of Art & Design, where she received a BA in studio arts. She has also taken master classes in figure drawing with Auseklis Ozols, the founder, director, and senior instructor at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts.  Jean has received such honors as the Golden Kite Award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book, the LSU Giverny Award, the Colorado Children’s Book Award, and a SIBA Book Award, among others. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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