15/10/2012 by David Maybury · No Comments
We're at the halway point of the Children's Book Festival and as the country is besieged by illustrators, authors and more besides we caught up with what was happening in the rest of the world. Here's a run down to kickstart your Monday!
Tony Bradman reviews Anne Fine's Trouble in Toadpool in The Guardian - Anne Fine is the kind of writer who creates great characters and puts them through their paces in scenes constructed so well you can't see the joins.
Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales for Young and Old gets a lashing across the UK and Irish papers with Anna Carey tackling it in the Sunday Business Post. The Standard's take is one of respect - with Melanie McDonagh giving props to Pullman for modnerizing and injecting humour into the fairytales. While Christina Hardyment in The Independent celebrates Pullman's choices and praises his comments on each story - a stark contrast to last weeks review by Sara Maitland.
Something rare is found in Li Kunwu and P Ôtié's A Chinese Life (translated by Edward Gauvin) as James Smart describes as an ' ambitious graphic novel pulls you to the chest of the world's latest superpower, shows you something of what it has gained and lost, and lets you go, 60 years later, drained and intrigued and feeling as though you know China's great, tangled present a little bit better.'
The Dáil na nÓg Council today released figures into their study on mental health in young people in Ireland - with more than half of those surveyed stating that their body image interferes with their participation in activities. NPR are reporting that Donna Cooner's Skinny has kicked started discussion on health, weight and body issues. While a recent study in the US' HarlequinTEEN and the Jed Foundation’s Love, found that 75% of those surveyed say they are bullied about some aspect of physical appearance: weight, clothing, hair, overall looks.
The Horn Book run some alternative US Presidential Candidates - including The Lorax for the Green Party and Gale as VP nominee for the Libertarian Party.
Publishing is a glamourous world... and the Wall Street Journal knows it. Check out their style visit to the Scholastic Offices!
Eoin Colfer is quizzed by Jen Bowden in The Guardian: What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever said to you?
Many years ago there was one guy who sent me a series of emails saying what I'd done with the fairies in Artemis Fowl was wrong, that they were real, I'd exposed them and that I must die. Then he said he knew I was going to New York and that he would find me. It was a bit scary. I told my publishers about it and sure enough this guy turned up in New York. Security questioned him and he said he was an actor trying to audition for the movie and he thought this would get my attention.
I think he had a bit of trouble with his interpersonal skills if he thought sending me death threats and dressing up as an elf would help him get the part.
The Chidlren's Book Festival continues with more events taking place across the country - including Cressida Cowell visiting Easons, Dublin and the Book Clinic opening its doors in the National Print Museum.
Frankenweenie hits the big screen this week - don't miss the newest, creepiest Tim Burton flick - and while you're thinking of all things cinematic, have you picked up a copy of The Hunger Games on DVD yet??
Tickets are available for a special Derek Landy event with The Ark and the National Gallery on Halloween, The Bram Stoker Festival and The Dublin Book Festival.
That Dr Seuess was truly the king of the nerds? The first recorded instance of the word 'nerd' is in Seuss’ If I Ran the Zoo (1950) where Gerald McGrew exclaims that he will collect "a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too". (You want to know more now, don't you?)