Monday, November 28, 2011

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast with Rafael López!

Jules Danielson features amazing illustrator Rafael López on her popular literary blog, SEVEN IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST. Grab a cup of cyber-coffee and enjoy a visit with Rafael!

Seven Questions Over Breakfast with Rafael López

h1 November 23rd, 2011 by jules

Rafael LópezRemember this early March post here at 7-Imp? That’s still one of my favorite books of the year, Samantha R. Vamos’ The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred (Charlesbridge, February 2011), illustrated by my visitor today, Rafael López.

Rafael received the 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for Pat Mora’s Book Fiesta! and is also the recipient of two Américas Book Awards and a 2006 Pura Belpré Honor. Many of López’s stylized folk-art-style paintings, acrylics on wood, are brimming with joy, as you can see below. (López sent a whole heapin’ ton of art for today’s breakfast, which is how you win over this blogger.) Colorful, bright, bold, evocative, and even “eye-filling” are words that have been used by reviewers to describe López’s art. “His sophisticated, multilayered textures create depth, give form and work together to create an image that is easily readable, humorous and harmonious,” Kirkus wrote about Cazuela.

Rafael has been involved in many other projects, which he describes below. And public librarians all over the nation, who engaged in summer reading programs this year, may recognize this poster artwork:

His choice for breakfast this morning? “Give me Mexican comfort food,” he says. “Chilaquiles. Cooked in tomatillo sauce with a side of nopales and strong cup of Oaxacan coffee with a cinammon stick dipped in it.”

He already had me at the Oaxacan coffee, but then he had to seal the deal in a most exciting way with that cinnamon stick. Let’s get right to it by getting the basics while we set the table for breakfast. I thank him for stopping by........

Click here to read the complete interview. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New for a Festive Fall Season!

We’re thrilled to share these latest titles from our Full Circle authors released in fall 2011.
Jennifer Ward’s THERE WAS AN ODD PRINCESS WHO SWALLOWED A PEA illustrated by Lee Calderon is next in her popular “swallowing” series published by Marshall Cavendish. This wacky fairy tale princess follows the success of THERE WAS A COYOTE WHO SWALLOWED A FLEA, which has sold more than 100,000 copies, and THERE WAS AN OLD MONKEY WHO SWALLOWED A FROG. Princesses everywhere will laugh and ask for more! Pirate mateys stay tuned for the next book in the series coming in 2012! Click here to watch the wacky-fun book trailer.

Monica Brown’s CLARA AND THE CURANDERA illustrated by talented debut illustrator Thelma Muraida is just released from Pinata Books. In this bilingual story, Clara is grumpy about her schoolwork, chores and sharing with her siblings. Her mother sends her to a curandera (or healer) and soon her frown disappears. Read more about Monica Brown on her creativity interview on Pat Mora's bookjoy! blog.

Toni Buzzeo’s LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTMAS illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. Frances is determined to make Christmas jolly, even if it means joining family on the mainland and leaving Papa behind on their isolated lighthouse island. But when Christmas Eve brings a wild storm and Papa risks his life to rescue a drowning man, the children realize that the most important thing about the holiday is being together. Cozy and nostalgic, this story was inspired by the Flying Santa program, a New England tradition since 1929. Visit Toni’s website for more on this new release and forthcoming titles!

Carmen T Bernier Grand’s ALICIA ALONSO: Prima Ballerina illustrated by Raul Colon, a free-verse illustrated biography for middle readers follows one of 20th-century ballet's most gifted ballerinas, tracing her climb to the rank of prima ballerina assoluta and her battle to continue dancing as she loses her sight. Spiced with the Spanish of her native Cuba and full of poignant detail, Bernier-Grand's account does not flinch from Alonso's complex relationship with the Cuban government nor from the physical punishment that is the reality of dance. Visit Carmen’s website for information about this new releases and forthcoming titles!

Monica Brown's WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO illustrated by John Parra is now available in French from Rue du Monde.

Diana Lopez's popular middle grade novel CONFETTI GIRL is now available in a Spanish-language edition, CHICA CONFETI, from Scholastic en espanol.

Hope you enjoy these and other good reads this fall season, happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Full Circle Literary!
 --Adriana, Lilly, Sara, Stefanie & Taylor

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Celebrate Picture Book Month!

Picture Book Month is an international initiative to designate November as Picture Book Month, encouraging everyone to celebrate literacy with picture books. Every day in November, will feature a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important----we wanted to share Toni Buzzeo's post and hope you will join us to celebrate picture books for all!

Why Picture Books Are Important by Toni Buzzeo

November 8, 2011

Lighthouse Christmas by Toni Buzzeo

As a children’s librarian, I have long been devoted to the creative art form that is the picture book. I loved them as a child — Snip, Snap, and Snur and Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka especially — and I loved them when I returned to work in the children’s room as I resumed my lifelong romance with libraries. In fact, that love started me on the path to becoming a librarian myself. All the more did I love them when, reining as Library Goddess in my own library, I could drop everything I was doing as a troop of six year olds marched past my desk with a picture book in hand. I’d host an impromptu reading, complete with character voices and sound effects (no quiet libraries for me!).

What I know for sure is that the picture book is as perfect as a miniature spider web, a short story woven with characters to love, a distinct and delicious setting, and a problem to work out (a plot!). And it’s all created with the fewest words possible and the most exquisitely matched art. Even now that I’ve published fourteen picture books myself, I still gasp at the wonder of a newly discovered bit of bound perfection in the form of a picture book—and insist on reading it aloud to anyone who will listen, complete with character voices and sound effects!

Toni Buzzeo

About Toni Buzzeo
Toni Buzzeo is the award-winning author of fourteen picture books with five more forthcoming. For sixteen years, she worked as a school librarian honing her knowledge of children’s literature. Combining this knowledge with her love of children, Toni writes about characters of all stripes (including dinosaurs, loons, ducklings, children, teachers, and librarians) who explore their worlds, their relationships, and themselves in a variety of settings. Toni is well known for her lively spirit and sense of humor.

Purchase Christmas Lighthouse by Tonio Buzzeo from Better World Books, a Picture Book Month partner. You are “doing good” with every book you buy from Better World Books.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Diana's video trailer for BEASTIES

We hope you all had a spook-tacular Halloween! If you still haven't had your fill of goblins and ghosts check out these two great videos from BEASTIES author and craft maven, Diana Schoenbrun:

Stop-animation BEASTIES trailer (the zombie dance starts at :59)
Zombie how-to video

Her videos have also been featured on these blogs:
Craft Gossip
Kids Craft Weekly
Cute Everything
Salsa Pie

Enjoy the zombie awesomeness!

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