Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wizardly Writing Wednesdays - Rankus on Idea Organization

Hello out there. 
Rankus here with another fabulously great writing lesson. Last week, we learned about developing an idea and how to find the most interesting topic to focus on.

There are several graphic organizers you can find on the internet that will help with writing any kind of paper you want to write. There's a wheel hub where you write the main idea, or focus statement in the middle, then list all your supporting information along the wheel spokes.

There's organizers that you use to answer the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How questions your paper might cover.

Other organizers for comparison, persuasion and problem solving can also be found. Try Googling the kind of paper you'll want to write and see what free organizers pop up.

Using an outline helps writers stay on track and avoid running down so many rabbit holes. If you're not sure what I mean by rabbit holes, think Alice In Wonderland. Alice tumbles down into that crazy world where nothing makes sense. That's how your story can end up if you don't stay focused on what you really want to say.

Here's some things you want to consider when organizing your writing:

1. Write a really good opening sentence or paragraph that will lead the reader into your story and get them excited about what you want to say. Don't be afraid to spend extra time on your opening.

2. Stay Focused and know what you really want to say.

3. Group your supporting details into chunks. Make sure you put like facts or ideas together so your writing doesn't wander around aimlessly. Like my little brother Dirkus. He's really good at that.

4. End with a flair. Be sure you wrap up all of your ideas and that you've provided the reader with something they can take away, such as a new insight, or a question to ponder. Something that will leave them thinking.

When I first started writing, I didn't like it much. I had a hard time getting all my big thoughts onto that little paper. But, once I learned how to outline, and organize all those thoughts rumbling around in my head, then it was easy-peezy. And so it can be for you.

Happy Writing!
Rankus O. Dragon: 4th grade Extraordinaire. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day and News from the Queen

Hello dear reader friends,
The Queen here wanting to wish you a wonderful, restful and respectful Memorial Day. Today is meant for fun and sun and I hope you'll enjoy both.

There will be no book feature today.

However, I do have an update of what we'll be doing here around the Castle this summer.



First, I will continue to feature a new book each week, but only on Fridays during the summer months. I will feature picture books, YA and Mid-grade novels. I have several coming up that I'm absolutely excited about and found quiet enjoyable.

Wednesdays still belong to Wizard Lexiconi and his dragon friends and they will continue to share writing tips and activities that can be done during summer break.

Each Monday, I hope to bring you some tips on encouraging your young readers, a fun book activity, or reading news you might enjoy. From time to time, I may revisit a book that's been featured before that I'm exceptionally fond of. If you wish to see our backlist, check out the page section or side bar. I will be updating these soon.


Book Clubs and Programs
Today, I wish to encourage all of you to visit your local library and bookstores this week and sign up for whatever reading programs they may be sponsoring. Some bookstores offer free books for accomplishing a certain amount of books read. Libraries often offer prizes and free tickets to local events. Check out what fun literary activities are happening in your neck of the kingdom.

If you have trouble getting your youngsters to read this summer, try doing what many schools have adopted into their daily routine: The DEAR Time. Drop Everything And Read.

Set a certain time of day, perhaps during the hottest part, or later in the evening, for reading time. Schedule a half hour or so where everyone stops what they are doing to read. After, if you so choose, you can all gather to discuss what you read and your thoughts on it.


What's important, dear friends, is that reading be kept up during the summer months so your children will be primed and ready when school starts again. If a child can read, the world is an open book to them and nothing is impossible.

Happy Reading,
The Queen





Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wizardly Writing Wednesdays - Rankus on Before You Write

You're back. Knew you would be. Who could pass up on my brilliant writing advice? Yeah, that's what I thought. 

And I can boast of being such a great writer because my teacher said I have quite an imagination. 

So there.

 


Today, I'm going to talk about one very important step in beginning writing. What all us great authors do BEFORE we actually write.

First, you need to get an idea. And not just any idea. Don't say to yourself, I will write about chasing knights around the castle.

That's not interesting enough. But it's a start.

CHASING KNIGHTS

Yet, it has no clarity. And there are many things about chasing knights that a dragon can write about. So we need to focus on the important details. First, allow yourself to brainstorm some things about chasing knights, or whatever your topic is. Allow your mind to just flow and don't think about the ideas, just write or record them as they come. 


Brainstorming CHASING KNIGHTS:
HOW TO CHASE AND NOT GET YELLED AT BY THE QUEEN
HOW TO DO A SNEAK ATTACK WHEN THEY ARE LEAST EXPECTING YOU
AVOIDING THE POINTY STICK THEY THINK WILL SCARE YOU. WHEN IT DON'T.
WHAT TO DO WITH KNIGHTS WHEN YOU CATCH THEM
(LEAVING THEM ON HIGH TOWERS IS JUST FUNNEST) 
STRATEGIES FOR CHASING KNIGHTS EVERY DRAGONS SHOULD KNOW


So, there you go, that's what I got while brainstorming. 

Next, we would pick our favorite idea and start breaking it down into detailed thoughts. Let's take, "How to chase and not get yelled at by Queen"

-- chase while she's napping.
-- only chase knights who are out of sight of Queen's library window.
-- chase in the early morning or late evening. 
-- check to see if she's engrossed in a great book and you will have hours to chase to your heart's content. 

You get the picture? 

Here's some things to keep in mind while you are developing your ideas:

1. Make sure your details offer strong support of your idea. No wandering thoughts that have nothing to do with staying out of trouble when chasing knights. 

2. Your details need to be authentic and realistic. You can't use Wizard Lexiconi's charms to catch a knight. It's not fair and it always seems to backfire and you don't want your tail to turn purple for three weeks. Just saying. 

3. Keep your ideas balanced. Satisfy the reader's curiosity, but don't overwhelm them with too much information.  

Ask yourself these questions:
What topic will I write on?
What information do I need to explain this topic?
Do I have enough information to say what I want?
Will I be able to express myself clearly? 

Most important.... Will it be interesting? 


So there's where we start. Good stuff, right? 

Heeeyyy... look the Queen has found another great book. Peeerrrfect!
Well, later gators.
Rankus O. Dragon: 4th grade Extraordinaire. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

Good Monday, dear readers.
Earlier this year, I featured a book by Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races and deemed her one of my new favorite young adult writers of the year. So, I found some of her previous released books and have now become an even greater fan. So today, I would like to introduce you to Stiefvater's Shiver: The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy.

Once again, Steifvater has given us unique, endearing characters, caught in a timeless story. Some of the reviews I've encountered say this is a Twilight type of story, but I must disagree. Yes, the story is about a human girl falling for a mythological creature, but that's the only similarities I found.

Be prepared to be gripped from the first page and taken on a unique adventure into a world of werewolves, romance, dealing with past hurts and overcoming those hurts to become who you're meant to be. There are so many levels a reader can delve into these books. The romance between Sam and Grace, the struggle to accept past hurts and mistakes, and a desire to be free of what constrains us in our lives. 

If you love fantasy, romance and modern fairy tales, I think you'll love these books, too.

Happy Reading,
The Queen




Book 1: Shiver
Book Information
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0545123266


Book Summary:from Author's website
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.



Book 2: Linger

Book Information
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 1, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0545123297
Book Summary:from Author's website
The #1 New York Times Bestseller

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of a human. For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?



Book 3: Forever

Book Information

Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1St Edition edition (July 12, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0545259088
Book Summary:from Author's website
The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stiefvater.

When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love transformed from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives. That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be hunted in one final, spectacular kill.

Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future will all collide in one pure moment - a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.
  



Activity Adventures

Writing Challenge:
Maggie Stievater who also wrote The Scorpio Races takes a myth or legend and turns them into a modern day story. Think about your favorite myth or legend. How might that story work in today's world. Give it a try. Write a short story using an already done fable and see if you can make it modern.


Discussion:
Visit Stievater's fabulous discussion guide provided by Scholastic for classroom ideas, discussion topics and further reading suggestions.


Fun Stuff:
Find music, wallpapers, sample chapters and more at the author's website.

Wolves are both loved and hated. Do some research about what's going on with North America's wolf populations, how some are endeavoring to save these majestic creatures and how others find them a terrible pest. What do you think? Should the wolves be protected? Or are they a danger to humans and livestock? I'd love to hear your thoughts.






Author Arena

Biography from Amazon: Maggie Stiefvater

All of my life decisions have been based around my inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which I've tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists, musicians, and artists (I've made my living as one of these since I was 22).

I now live an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two small kids, two neurotic dogs who fart recreationally, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

I'm an avid reader, an award-winning colored pencil artist, and play several musical instruments, including the Celtic harp, the piano, and the bagpipes.

Friday, May 18, 2012

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo

Hello my fabulous reading friends!
The Queen here with a really cool book about friendship.
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo (Cool name, don't you think?) and illustrated by David Small is a lively book about a dignified young boy who finds the perfect pet to fit his style. Their antics and the wonderfully simple illustrations will keep anyone eager to see what this mischievous duo will get away with next.

This story made me smile. Elliot seems like the haughty type of kid who hasn't much interest for "masses of noisy kids," but makes the best of his intellectual father's suggestion to take a trip to the aquarium. Elliot seeks the more quiet places and finds the most perfect friend. What transpires is some riotous fun and mischief.

I'm including this cool book in the Perfect Picture Book Friday list over at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. I think it'll be a fun addition to her growing list of wonderful children's books.

Happy Reading!
The Queen


~~*~~


Book Title: One Cool Friend
Author: Toni Buzzeo                                                                         
Illustrator: David Small



Book Information:

Publisher and date: Dial (January 10, 2012)
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: Fiction Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0803734135


Book Theme:
Friends, misunderstandings, urban life, penguins, fathers and sons

First Sentence: Elliot was a very proper young man.



Book Summary
When well-mannered Elliot reluctantly visits the aquarium with his distractible father, he politely asks whether he can have a penguin--and then removes one from the penguin pool to his backpack. The fun of caring for a penguin in a New England Victorian house is followed by a surprise revelation by Elliot's father.

One Cool Friend debuts on the New York Times Best Seller list at #10 in Picture Books!



Activity Adventures:
Free Curriculum Guides:
One Cool Friend Activity Guide with Author's notes and bio.


Put on your own Reader's Theater of One Cool Friend.


Crafty Ideas:
Make a paper bag penguin puppet

Writing Prompts:
Think of an animal that seems like you. What would you need to take care of it? Where would it stay if you brought it home? What games would you play with it?

Write a story about your new pet.


Why do you think this penguin is so happy? Write a short story about what you think is going on. 
And by all means, share your ideas!




Authors Arena

Author: Toni Buzzeo,
MA, MLIS, is an author as well as a career library media specialist.
Toni Buzzeo is the award-winning Maine children's
author of fifteen picture books with four more
forthcoming. For sixteen years, she worked as a school
librarian in Portland where she honed 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, teachers,
and librarians) who explore their worlds, their
relationships, and themselves in settings that include
peaceful Maine lakes, rocky lighthouse islands, as well as
aquariums and the interiors of fictional public and school
libraries. Toni is well known for her lively spirit and her
sense of humor.
bio from author website and amazon.com





Illustrator: David Small
David Small is the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George. He received a Caldecott Honor medal for The Gardener by Sarah Stewart. He has also illustrated many other beloved picture books, which include The Library and The Journey, both by Sarah Stewart, and Imogene's Antlers, which he also wrote. He lives in Michigan with his wife, Sarah Stewart.
bio taken from author website and amazon.com


Be sure to check out the author and illustrator's websites for more information and fun activities and a peek at Mr. Small's own sketchbook.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wizardly Writing Wednesdays - Rankus: Dragon Extraordinaire

It's my turn! It's my turn!!
Finally, I got Wizard Lex's computer away from my annoying brother Dirkus. Now you are in for some real writing lessons.

I'm Rankus. I'm in the 4th grade and I can write up one mean essay. Really. AND, my brilliance has been tested and .... well, I'm still waiting for the results, but I'll bet those writing graders will be completely outstanded over my brilliant prose. My mindful masterpiece. My wonderful writing abilities.

And do you know why I'm the bestest, best writer in my class??? Do ya? Huh?


 

It's because I read. Yep. I'm no troll when it comes to a great book.

I read in bed when I'm supposed to go to sleep. I read over my bowl of oatmeal. ( That's 'cause I hate oatmeal.) I read on my way to school and on my way home. (Don't try this if you actually drive the bus. Only if you're riding.) And I read instead of doing my chores. I read when I'm supposed to be taking my bath. You get the picture, right?

Yep, I'm a for really, real reader.

Which is what makes me such a great writer. All great writers love to read.

And... ppsstt, come a bit closer for this...

Nobody wants to bother a kid who's reading so you get out of doing all sorts of yucky stuff like peeling potatoes, and cleaning your room. (Well, you'll have to do that eventually, but you catch my drift.)

And, reading is just fun stuff.

But, I promised that I would talk about writing. And I plan to.
Do you like to write? Humm... Some of you are nodding and some of you are shaking your heads no. Hey, are you no peeps related to trolls? They don't like any of that reading or writing stuff either.

Ooops, Wiz Lex says I can't write that stuff. I'll have to erase it later before I hit publish. Or NOT!!

Heh heh heh.


You know, if you're not a fan of writing, here's something that will help. I think the biggest reason us kids don't like to write is because we are afraid someone is going to laugh if we show our stories to someone. That's how I used to be.

So you know what I did? Well, I'm gonna tell you. That's what I'm here for, right?

I went out and bought a small journal that I could tuck in my pocket or backpack. And during the day, I'd write down funny things I heard people saying. Or I wrote about how my little brother Dirkus got detention for writing his name on the Castle walls. Oh boy, was Queen lady mad! HaHaHa!!

Yep, that went into my book. Along with a picture of him having to scrub the crayon off the stone walls. Brilliant!!

And I filled up that journal. And another one. And another one after that. You know why? Because nobody but me saw it. At first. Then I lest my bestest best friend saw it and he thought it was pretty good. Like that Diary Kid Greg dude. And now he's famous for his journal stories. See? You never know.

So, my first suggestion is this: Get to the store and buy yourself a journal. Or a diary if you want something with a lock. And write something every day in it. And I mean every day. You know why? Because great writers not only read, but they.... duh!

They Write!!! 

Rankus O. Dragon: 4th grade Extraordinaire. 


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wizardry Writing Wednesday - Off To Where The Wild Things Are

Wizard Lexiconi here, saddened at the demise of one of children's literature's great authors. 

Marice Sendak died at the age of 83 yesterday, May 8th. We here at the Castle Library decided to honor this legend by repeating one of the Queen's recent features of his latest book, Bumble-Ardy. At the very end, you'll find a list of Sendak's works taken from Wikipedia. I encourage you to visit your local library and brows through the books he had a hand in creating. 


Happy Reading,
Let your imagination weave some wacky tales.
Wiz. Lexiconi, Sr. Mage 1st class: Fabulist extraordinaire.

June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012



Book Title: Bumble-Ardy
Author: Maurice Sendak                                                                                                                

Book Information:
Publisher and date: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 1 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 40 pages
Genre: Fiction Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0062051981




Book Theme:
Pigs, birthdays, learning a lesson, forgiveness
Rhyming story





Fave Sentence:
"So Adeline, that aunt divine, 
Took in her Bumble valentine
And kissed him nine times over nine."

Book Summary
Bumble-Ardy has evolved from an animated segment for Sesame Street that aired in the early 1970s to a glorious picture book about a mischievous pig who has reached the age of nine without ever having had a birthday party. But all that changes when Bumble throws a party for himself and invites all his friends, leading to a wild masquerade that quickly gets out of hand. In this highly anticipated picture book, Maurice Sendak once again explores the exuberance of young children and the unshakable love between parent (in this case, an aunt) and child. Bumble-Ardy is the first book illustrated and written by Sendak since Outside Over There in 1981.


Activity Adventures:

Something Fun:
Create your own costume party. Collect dress up clothes. Create masks from paper plates and decorate with glitter, sequins and feathers or whatever else you have on hand.
But don't be a pig about it, mind your manners!

Crafty Ideas:
Make a pig mask from paper plates. Paint the plate pink, cut out big triangle shaped ears and use a paper cup for the snout.

Make clocks to help with telling time. 

Writing Prompts:
Make up your own poem. Write about your favorite birthday party.

Discussion Questions:
After reading, talk about the expressions on the pig's faces? They show a variety of emotions.
Talk about why Aunt is upset, and why Bumble cries.

The section of the party has little text. Can you find Bumble in the mayhem? Why do you suppose he wanted everyone to come dressed up, and clean?

Talk about if the party goers were real friends or not? What went wrong in this story? What went right? 




Authors Arena

Author and Illustrator: Maurice Sendak
bio from Amazon.com
For more than forty years, the books Maurice Sendak has written and illustrated have nurtured children and adults alike and have challenged established ideas about what children's literature is and should be. The New York Times has recognized that Sendak's work "has brought a new dimension to the American children's book and has helped to change how people visualize childhood." Parenting recently described Sendak as "indisputably, the most revolutionary force in children's books."

Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are, in 1970 Sendak became the first American illustrator to receive the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, given in recognition of his entire body of work. In 1983, he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, also given for his entire body of work.

Beginning in 1952, with A Hole Is to Dig by Ruth Krauss, Sendak's illustrations have enhanced many texts by other writers, including the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik, children's books by Isaac Bashevis Singer and Randall Jarrell, and The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm. Dear Mili, Sendak's interpretation of a newly discovered tale by Wilhelm Grimm, was published to extraordinary acclaim in 1988.

In 1997, Sendak received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton. In 2003 he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government. Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn in 1928. He now lives in Connecticut.

Read the interview over at NPR Books:
Maurice Sendak: On Life, Death And Children's Lit
Listen to interview here.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Dreams Around The World by Takashi Owaki

Hello again dear readers.
The Queen here with a book that spans across oceans and continents and visits children from across the world, asking one question: "What would you like to some day be?"

Read and find out. I think you'll find that dreams are quite common, despite where we come from or who we are.
Happy Reading,
The Queen

Author: Takashi Owaki                                                                                                             

Book Information:

Publisher and date: One Peace Books (April 15, 2012)
Reading level: 4-8
Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: Non-fiction Picture Book
ISBN: 978-1935548119

Book Theme:
Life dreams, children around the world, multicultural studies, careers

Book Summary from Amazon.com
Dreams Around the World takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey and introduces you to thirteen children between the ages of four and eight who share their dreams for the future, as well as their day-to-day lives. From Finland in the north to Argentina in the south, from Mexico in the west to China in the east, you will meet girls and boys who dream about becoming doctors, jockeys, and even kung-fu masters…just like you. Photographs, maps, flags, and interesting facts about every place accompany each child's story, letting you participate in a cultural experience like no other. In the end, you will discover that despite being from different places, you all have at least one thing in common: dreams! Included are two pages for you to add your own story.


Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Find the places the children in the book are from. Look on a map. Learn one new fact about the place these children come from.

Draw a picture of what you want to be when you grow up.

Older Readers:
Does any of the dreamers share your own dream? If so, learn more about the country that child is from. Write about it.

Create a poster about what you want to be when you grow up. What kind of education is required? What kind of tools does that career use? Learn as much as you can about the career you would like to pursue.




Authors Arena

Author:
Takashi Owaki is a photographer from Nagoya, Japan. He has a degree in architecture from Mie Prefecture University and has studied at the International Center of Photography in New York City. His work has been exhibited in New York and Tokyo. Currently, Mr. Owaki is traveling around the world with his Leica camera in search of scenes of everyday life. Visit his website at: www.joylifechildren.com

Friday, May 4, 2012

Tucker's Beetle Band by Thea Feldman

Hello friend readers!
The Queen here after a very busy week at the castle. Wizard Lexiconi has been taken up with organizing his next project and was unable to visit with you this week. Look for him and his dragon friends to return next week with more fun writing activities.

For today, I'd like to introduce you to a delightful beginning reader book titled, Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse: Tucker's Beetle Band. Poor Tucker Mouse can't sleep because of the all night beetle band practices. He decides to help the band out and hopefully get some sleep, but he might have chewed off more than he bargained for.

I know young readers will love this spin off of the classic Cricket In Times Square book.
Happy Reading,
The Queen

Book Title: Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse: Tucker's Beetle Band
Author: Thea Feldman                                                                                                               
Illustrator: Olga and Aleksey Ivanov

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Square Fish (May 10, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Book Info: Paperback: 32 pages
Genre: Fiction- beginning reader
ISBN: 13: 978-0312625764


Book Theme:
Music, friendship, solving problems

Book Summary
A new group of beetles has just moved in and they’re disturbing Tucker’s sleep with their loud music. But they can’t stop practicing if they want to win the Battle of the Bug Bands. Will Tucker find a way to deal with all this racket and get a good night’s sleep?

     These favorite characters from The Cricket in Times Square star in the brand new-adventure created especially for beginning readers.



Activity Adventures:



Get a group of friends or classmate together to make instruments and create a band of your own.
Drums can be made out of old butter tubs, oatmeal containers and coffee containers.
Guitars can be made by wrapping a few large rubber bands around a rectangular tissue box.
Shakers can be made by putting beans or rice in plastic eggs or other small closed containers.

Find instructions for more home made musical instruments over at Family Corner
Video tape your band's performance. 



Authors Arena

Authors and illustrators:

Story by Thea Feldman; Illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov; Inspired by George Selden and Garth Williams

GEORGE SELDEN (1929-1989) wrote not only the adventures of Chester, Harry, Tucker, and their friends but also The Genie of Sutton Place, which was one of School Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year.
GARTH WILLIAMS (1912-1996) illustrated all of George Selden’s Chester Cricket books. His other distinguished work includes Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and the Little House books.
THEA FELDMAN is the author of numerous books for children, including Suryia and Roscoe, which she co-authored with Dr. Bhagavan Antle, available in Spring 2011 from Henry Holt BYR.
OLGA and ALEKSEY IVANOV are the illustrators of many children's books, including the Charlotte’s Web beginning readers in which they also replicated the style of Garth Williams.