Children's Book Event

Rob Owen - SPY BOY CHEYENNE, AND NINETY-SIX CRAYONS

Event date: 

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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This colorful journey demonstrates strength and independence while participating in important cultural and family traditions. An eight-year-old boy masks for the first time as Spy Boy in his Mardi Gras Indian tribe. His dad, Big Chief, and everyone else in the tribe, make suits in almost every color, including Goldenrod and Granny Smith Apple, just like the colors in Spy Boy’s crayon box. Spy Boy proudly leads his tribe down crowded New Orleans streets, but when he looks back, he discovers that he is lost and separated from his tribe. Follow Spy Boy as his spirit guide, Cheyenne, and his box of ninety-six crayons help him return to his family. The unique and fun spirit of this book is highlighted by author Rob Owen’s nine-year-old daughter, who colored his drawings with her own crayons.

Author and illustrator Rob Owen has worked as a graphic designer and professional artist for many years. During his process of obtaining his BFA from Loyola University in New Orleans, he studied writing, graphic design, and many art forms, including drawing, photography, videography, and painting. After Hurricane Katrina, Owen was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme cancer, a fatal brain cancer, and is one of the few survivors. He has been fascinated by the people and culture of New Orleans since moving to the city in high school. This is Owen’s first book. A lifelong southerner who has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and South Carolina, Owen has always had an affinity for art and storytelling.

postponed -- William Joyce-THE MISCHIEVIANS

Event date: 

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 5:00pm

We regret that, due to a family emergency, this event been postponed until further notice.

Please join us for a very special evening with William Joyce featuring his new picture book, THE MISCHIEVIANS.

Where’s my homework? Who took my other sock? What’s that in my belly button? The creators of the #1 New York Times bestselling and Academy Award–winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore have found the answers to these and other life mysteries…and no, it’s not your fault!

The StinkerStrange smells. Disappearing remotes. That itch you just can’t reach. It’s not your fault! It’s the Mischievians, an ancient race of global mischief-makers who do all the things that embarrass you. All the things that bug you. All the things that YOU get blamed for!

There is no cause for alarm (sorta). Come meet the Homework Eater, the fiend who steals your homework! See the Endroller, the villain who uses up ALL the toilet paper! Discover the Yawn Mower, the creature who makes you yawn at the worst possible time! And many, many more. Read on, and be free.

William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Man in the Moon; Nicholas St. North and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shreveport.

 

 

Margaret Peterson Haddix - RISKED ● Lisa McMann - ISLAND OF FIRE

Event date: 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Middle-grade readers will be fully engaged with two wonderful authors visiting Octavia Books together to present and sign brand new adventures. 

Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of THE NEW YORK TIIMES bestselling THE MISSING series will present RISKED, where Jonah and Katherine journey to 1918 with the Romanov children.

Lisa McMann comes to us with her new novel, ISLAND OF FIRE, where the magical world of Artime is gone and the unwanteds are looking to Alex Stowe for answers while his twin brother Aaron continues to build his army in Quill. But, a shocking twist reveals that Alex and Aaron share a common enemy more dangerous than either could have imagined.

Brian Floca - LOCOMOTIVE

Event date: 

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 10:30am

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!

Meet talented children's book writer and illustrator Brian Floca when he comes to Octavia Books to present and sign his new picture book, LOCOMOTIVE. Floca spent years researching LOCOMOTIVE – which includes traveling along the entire path of the first transcontinental railroad. His presentation will be filled with history. And, the book has already been critically heralded now with four starred reviews.

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.

 

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Lightship, also a Sibert Honor Book; The Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book, and Locomotive, which explores America’s first transcontinental railroad. He has illustrated Avi’s Poppy Stories, Kate Messner’s Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. 

Susan Cooper - GHOST HAWK

Event date: 

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a reading and signing with Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper featuring her new book, GHOST HAWK.

On the winter day Little Hawk is sent into the woods alone, he can take only a bow and arrows, his handcrafted tomahawk, and the amazing metal knife his father traded for with the new white settlers. If Little Hawk survives three moons by himself, he will be a man.

John Wakely is only ten when his father dies, but he has already experienced the warmth and friendship of the nearby tribes. Yet his fellow colonists aren’t as accepting of the native people. When he is apprenticed to a barrel-maker, John sees how quickly the relationships between settlers and natives are deteriorating. His friendship with Little Hawk will put both boys in grave danger.

The intertwining stories of Little Hawk and John Wakely are a fascinating tale of friendship and an eye-opening look at the history of our nation. Susan Cooper also includes a timeline and an author’s note that discusses the historical context of this important and moving novel.

"GHOST HAWK is the work of a writer with great imaginative power and long-practiced narrative skill. I was swept up in the story, shocked, moved, and enthralled - and completely convinced by the historical background. I haven't read anything better for a long time." — Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass

Susan Cooper is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor and has sold millions of copies worldwide. She is also the author of Victory, a Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth book and a Washington Post Top Ten for Children novel; King of Shadows, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor book; The Boggart; Seaward; and many other acclaimed novels for young readers and listeners. She lives in Massachusett.

Alex McConduit - Thorn in My Horn

Event date: 

Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for storytime and a booksigning with Alex McConduit featuring his latest children's picture book, THORN IN MY HORN, about a young musician in New Orleans who LOVES to play his horn. His mother, on the other hand, cannot stand to hear the noise! She's literally a thorn in his horn! This beautiful book includes detailed illustrations by Darrell Rollo that accurately depict the French Quarter, Jackson Square and other iconic places in The Big Easy. THORN IN MY HORN is a rhyming, children's picture book suitable for ages 3 and up.

Alexander McConduit founded Big Boot Books and published his first book, The Little Who Dat, Who Didn’t IN 2010.  In 2012, Alex published his second book, Snowballs for All, a children’s rhyming book about a kid and his search for snowballs. Later that year, he also founded W.R.I.T.E., a youth publishing program that transforms students in New Orleans into published authors. Since 2010, Alex has visited more than 100 schools throughout the Gulf Coast to share his books and  encourage kids to read, write and follow their dreams. For these efforts, Alex was honored as one of Gambit Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 for the year of 2012.

 

Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin - CLICK, CLACK, BOO!: A Tricky Treat

Event date: 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a very special after-school event with children's book author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin, creators of the Caldecott Honor book Click, Clack, Moo when they come to Octavia Books to read & sign their wonderful new book, CLICK, CLACK, BOO!

Farmer Brown and all the cows reunite this August as children's book author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin are releasing a brand new picture book CLICK, CLACK, BOO! And, they are on their way to Octavia Books to meet you, and read and sign book for you.

Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into bed.

But do you think the barnyard animals have any respect for a man in footy pajamas? No, they do not. For them, the Halloween party has just begun. And we all know these critters far prefer tricks over treats.

There are big surprises in store for Farmer Brown!

Doreen Cronin is the author of many bestselling picture books, including Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Dooby Dooby Moo; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Betsy Lewin is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and its sequels, Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Duck for President; Dooby Dooby Moo; and Thump, Quack, Moo; in addition to a number of other picture books, including So, What’s It Like to Be a Cat? and Two Eggs, Please. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

 

Michael Buckley - THE SISTERS GRIMM and NERDS

Event date: 

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Come meet Michael Buckley, the bestselling and highly entertaining author of The Sisters Grimm and NERDS series.  He will talk about and sign both series, including his latest and final The Sisters Grimm, Book Nine - THE COUNCIL OF MIRRORS - and his about-to-be-released NERDS, Book Five - ATTACK OF THE BULLIES.

 

In the final volume in the Sisters Grimm series, Sabrina, Daphne, and the rest of the Grimms and their friends must face off against the Master to decide the fate of Ferryport Landing—and the world. When Mirror fails to escape the barrier using Granny Relda’s body, he turns to his plan B: killing all the Grimms so that the magical barrier collapses. In the meantime, Sabrina has gathered the other magic mirrors as advisors on how to deal with their mortal enemy. They tell her to join forces with the Scarlet Hand against Mirror, in exchange for offering all the citizens of Ferryport Landing their freedom. This final chapter is the end of the road for several beloved characters, but the conclusion is sure to satisfy devoted fans of the series.

 

The NERDS series combines the excitement of international espionage with the awkwardness of elementary school as it follows the adventures of a group of unpopular fifth graders who run a spy network from inside their school. With the help of cutting-edge science, they transform their nerdy qualities into incredible abilities, and the results are awesome, inspiring—and hilarious.

 

Michael Buckley is the bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS series and a new picture book, Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show. He has also written and developed shows for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Discovery Channel. He lives in Brooklyn.

Annie Barrows - IVY AND BEAN TAKE THE CASE

Event date: 

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Come meet Annie Barrows, and listen to her new Ivy + Bean adventure,  IVY + BEAN TAKE THE CASE.

Watch out, you diabolical masterminds! There’s a new detective on Pancake Court: Bean! She laughs at danger! She solves even the most mysterious mysteries! What? There aren’t any mysteries? Then Bean and her assistant, Ivy, will make some!

Annie Barrows is a hilarious and mischievous as her best-selling series, Ivy and Bean. In-demand at bookstores, conferences and festivals, she has charmed audiences large and small with endless stories about the kooky things kids do, her writing process, and her unconventional ideas about encouraging kids to read. In addition to writing the New York Times Bestselling Ivy and Bean series, she is the author if the international bestseller, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, currently in development as a feature film. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

Tad Hills - GOOSE NEEDS A HUG and HOW ROCKET LEARNED TO READ

Event date: 

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 4:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join with us in celebrating Screen Free Week when children's picture book author/illustrator Tad Hills visits Octavia Books for a reading and activities, followed by a signing of his Duck & Goose title, GOOSE NEEDS A HUG

And, with any luck, we will also hear Tad read some other favorites, especially his instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, ROCKET WRITES A STORY.

Learn to read with this picture book, starring an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird. Follow along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally . . . learns to read all on his own!

With a story that makes reading fun—and will even help listeners learn to read—this book is ideal for kindergarten classrooms and story hour or as a gift for that beginning reader. Fresh, charming art by Tad Hills, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Duck & Goose, will make this a favorite.

How Rocket Learned to Read

We are here to help you and your family UNPLUG and Read during Screen Free Week, and to raise awareness about the importance of balancing screen time against other developmentally important tasks, like reading.

Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Duck & Goose and Duck, Duck, Goose. He has created four board books featuring the same characters: What's Up, Duck?, an ALA Notable Book; Duck and Goose, 1, 2, 3; Duck & Goose, How Are You Feeling?; and Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin. He is also the illustrator of Waking Up Wendell, by April Stevens; My Fuzzy Friends; and Knock, Knock, Who's There? Tad Hills lives in Brooklyn with his wife, their two children, and a dog named Rocket who has not (yet) learned how to read! 

 

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