Children's Picture Book Event

Eric Kimmel - SIMON AND THE BEAR and HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS

Event date: 

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Simon and the Bear

Renowned children's book author Eric Kimmel, who has published over fifty books, joins us on Sunday, November 23, at 2:00 PM to present and sign his new book, SIMON AND THE BEAR: A HANUKKAH TALE and the 25th Anniversary Edition of his his beloved Caldecott Honor-winning classic, HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS.

SIMON AND THE BEAR

Before Simon sails to America, he promises his family that he will get a job and send for them. Simon's mother knows he will need a miracle, so she reminds him to celebrate Hanukkah wherever he may be. Little does either of them know that Simon will spend the first night of Hanukkah on an ice floe after his ship sinks.The lone survivor out in the wide ocean, Simon lights the first candle, and it attracts a visitor: a polar bear. Does she eat him? No! She shares his latkes, enjoys his songs, goes fishing for him, and even keeps him warm at night. By the last day of Hanukkah, Simon has nearly given up hope of ever being rescued. But then he recounts all of the miracles that have befallen him so far. Perhaps it is not too much to hope for one more, he thinks, as he lights all of the candles in the menorah. The bright glow signals a passing ship, and Simon makes it to New York after all. This fanciful Hanukkah tale-like none you've ever read before-celebrates eight miracles: family, friendship, hope, selflessness, sharing, faith, courage, and love. A retelling of the ancient Hanukkah story is included on the last page.

HERSHEL AND THE HANNUKAH GOBLINS

On the first night of Hanukkah, a weary traveler named Hershel of Ostropol eagerly approaches the next village, where plenty of latkes and merriment should warm him. But when he arrives, not a single candle is lit. The villagers are being tormented by a band of goblins who hate Hanukkah. Brave Hershel leaps to the villagers' rescue. For seven nights he fools and ousts one dim-witted goblin after another. But on the eighth night, a truly awful goblin arrives to put an end to Hershel. What will it take for a lone man to stand up to such a monster, save Hanukkah, and live to tell the tale?

This event is brought to you in partnership with the PJ Library, the Jewish Community Day School and the New Orleans Jewish Community Center.

Eric KimmelEric A. Kimmel  was born in Brooklyn, New York and wanted to be an author ever since kindergarten, when he first learned of their existence. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Education and taught college courses in language arts, children's literature, and storytelling until he retired from teaching in 1993 to become a full-time writer. His first book came out in 1974. Since then he has published over fifty titles, many of which have won numerous state awards, appeared on school and library recommended lists, and won prestigious awards such as the Caldecott Honor Medal (Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins) and the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award (The Chanukkah Guest and Gershon's Monster). Eric and his wife Doris live in Portland, Oregon.

 

Grace Millsaps and Ryan Murphy - YOU WOULDN'T LIKE ME WITHOUT MY COFFEE

Event date: 

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 5:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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You Wouldn't Like Me Without My Coffee

The authors of WHAT THE SLEEPY ANIMALS DO AT THE AUDUBON ZOO are back with YOU WOULDN'T LIKE ME WITHOUT MY COFFEE. Meet Grace Millsaps, Ryan Murphy, and illustrator Danny Marin on Friday, October 10, 5:30, at their book launch event. Red carpets, popcorn, the works!

Sam and Lou's parents crave their morning coffee. What happens when they go without it? The brothers are determined to find out. But taking their parents' coffee isn't such a great idea.

"A children's story through a lens, darkly funny"
-David Lee Simmons

 

About the Creators

Danny MarinDanny Marin is an actor, creative-effects artist, and illustrator. He created make-up effects for Green Lantern and Battle: Los Angeles. Danny averages four cups of coffee a day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace and RyanGrace Millsaps and Ryan Murphy are a husband-and-wife writing team. They wrote the award-winning book What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo. Grace and Ryan both suffer from Grace's morning rage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIND WALDO IN NEW ORLEANS PARTY!!!

Event date: 

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 5:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join us for fun, games and the drawing of The Grand Prize (and lots of other prizes) for everyone who found Waldo in New Orleans this July

Regardless of your age, you are encouraged to come in costume. The event is being recorded by MSNBC for national broadcast.

 Elusive Book Character Returns to New Orleans to Celebrate Local Independents

Where's Waldo? It's no surprise that the elusive book character, Waldo, chose to make a visit to hang out with his dog, Woof, in the neighborhood with his favorite bookstore in beautiful uptown New Orleans for his vacation this whole month of July!

The famous children's book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs has been hobnobbing all month at 24 different independent local shops all around Octavia Books - from ice cream parlors, snowball stands, chocolate shops, and eateries to toy stores, hobby shops, movie theaters, and bike shops.

Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and great gifts contributed from all of the participating local businesses, with the grand prize being a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.

Collecting store stamps or signatures at 15 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to entry in a grand prize drawing at the Waldo party.

There is no charge to participate. And the hunt is still on.

Here are the participating businesses:

 

 

Kenny Harrison - HIDE AND SEEK HARRY At the Beach and Around the House

Event date: 

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a story time reading and booksigning with New Orleans illustrator/author Kenny Harrison featuring his fun new summer read children's board books, HIDE AND SEEK HARRY AT THE BEACH and HIDE AND SEEK HARRY AROUND THE HOUSE.

Harry likes to play hide-and-seek, but it's hard to hide a hippo! Little readers will love being in on the joke as they spot the formidable Harry.

When Harry and his friends are at the beach, they always play their favorite game, hide-and-seek. In a hammock, under a sand castle, or behind a palm tree - there are so many places for Harry to hide. Or try to, at least!

And, in a second book, Harry is fond of hiding around the house and is sure he is hard to find. But his hiding places - under the flowerpot, behind the doghouse, in a bubble bath - aren't always quite right for concealing a hippo. Luckily, Harry loves to be found!



Kenny Harrison worked for thirty-two years as an award-winning artist for The Times Picayune before pursuing his passion: writing and illustrating children's books. He now works in both traditional and digital techniques. Raised in New York City, he  lives in New Orleans with his wife, two children, and a menagerie of rescue pets.

 

 

 

Brian Floca - LOCOMOTIVE

Event date: 

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 11:00am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country when children's picture book illustrator/author Brian Floca drops by Octavia Books to sign copies of his fabulous book LOCOMOTIVE, which recently was awarded the Caldecott Medal.

The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads, from the creator of the stunning (Booklist) Moonshot.

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.
 

Whitney Stewart - A CATFISH TALE: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife

Event date: 

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us when children's book author Whitney Stewart presents and signs her new picture book, A CATFISH TALE: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife

Whitney not only dishes up a great story, but as a special treat she will be dishing out tastes of Hans' fabulous gumbo made from a recipe you can follow from the last page of A CATFISH TALE. Seafood stock that Hans makes from scratch. Start with a roux. Onions, celery, and garlic...shrimp and crabmeat. Yum!

Here is the story:

Deep in the bayou, a Cajun fisherman named Jack catches a magic fish that offers to grant wishes in exchange for being set free. Jack doesn't have a lot of wishes, but his wife Jolie sure does—for a mansion, a paddleboat, fame and fortune! With each wish, all the fish says is "Ah, tooloulou—if that ain't the easiest thing to do." But when Jolie wants to be crowned Mardi Gras queen, have things gone too far?

 

Whitney Stewart is the author of many books for children including: Marshall: A Nantucket Sea Rescue; Who Was Walt Disney?; Becoming Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha; and Jammin' on the Avenue. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband Hans and son.

 

 

 

 

Dianne de Las Casas – CINDERELLAPHANT

Event date: 

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Come join children's picture book author Dianne de Las Casas along with illustrator Stefan Jolet to celebrate the release of their new book, CINDERELLAPHANT (ages 4-8).

With her trademark wit and humor, storyteller Dianne de Las Casas transports readers to an animal kingdom far, far away, where the pretty pachyderm, Ellaphant, lives with her odious step-mother and two ugly step-hippos. Aided by her fairy godmouse, Cinderellaphant is whisked away in a peanut carriage to foxtrot, bunny hop, and tango hoof to hoof with the charming zebra prince. Elephants may have a long memory, but it’s the prince who can’t get Cinderellaphant out of his head as he uses her gargantuan glass slipper to track her down. A true lesson in looking beyond the surface, this punny story will delight and entertain with its whimsical illustrations and charmingly told tale.

The book’s colorful critters are delightfully portrayed in Stefan Jolet’s whimsical drawings of festooned raccoons and sanguine penguins. Combined with fun and inventive storytelling, this delightful twist on a time-honored standard ensures that readers have a whole new classic to fall in love with. Charming, comical, and charismatic, everyone will be enchanted by this elegant elephant.

 

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