Friday, June 29, 2012

Art and Max by David Wiesner and free coloring page!


Happy Friday Reader Friends!
Today, I'm excited to present something new here at The Castle Library. Freebie Fridays!

I have developed a lesson plan to go along with this wonderful book, Art and Max by David Wiesner. For our first Friday Freebie, I'd like to share with you a page from the lesson packet. Keep your eyes out for more information on where and when you'll be able to get the whole packet. It's coming soon, packed full of classroom friendly lessons and activity ideas.

Art and Max was one of The Castle Library's first featured books. I hope you'll enjoy the free fun activity sheet I've provided. Please give your feedback on our free offers as it's a work in progress and I'm always open to comments and suggestions.

I do hope you are enjoying your summer break! Don't forget to read every day.
Happy Reading,
The Queen

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Book Title: Art and Max
Author and Illustrator: David Wiesner                                                                                                               


Book Information:
Publisher and date: Clarion Books; None edition (October 4, 2010)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Library Binding: 40 pages
Genre: Fiction picture book
ISBN: 978-0618756636


Book Theme:
Friendship, art, lizards, dessert


Book Summary
Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Max's first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various artistic media, which turn out to have unexpected pitfalls. Although Max is inexperienced, he's courageous and a quick learner. His energy and enthusiasm bring the adventure to its triumphant conclusion. Beginners everywhere will take heart.



Activity Adventures:


First Time at The Castle Library:
Click Here for theFree Printable Activity Sheet! 
Art is all in pieces, help put him back together using your favorite Artist's technique!



You can find art anywhere, the mall, the library, along the city streets. Go on anArt Hunt and see what kinds of art work you can find in your city or town. Not all art is man-made. I have a friend who finds art in nature. She calls it God’s works of Art. She will find sticks and leaves laid in an interesting way and snap a picture of it. Who says it’s not art? Photographers are artist, too. What art, natural and man-made can you find in your surroundings? Take your camera and share with us.

Scribe Work: What do you suppose the other lizards in the story were thinking while all the action between Max and Art was going on? Look at their faces. What do their expressions say? Write some dialogue or thought bubbles and share what they might be thinking or saying. Take it one step further and write your own version of this story from one of the smaller lizard’s point of view. I would love to hear some of your ideas. Post in the comments section.

Jester’s Jokes: On a large piece of construction paper, trace the outline of a friend, sibling or even your parent! Now, starting with just the outline, what would you do to re-create them? Is there anything you might change? What are your favorite parts about this person? Do they have a kind heart? Draw a big heart and write inside of it what you like about them. Do you have a favorite memory about them? Can you draw or write about it? Get creative and use as many medias as you like.





Authors Arena



Author:
David Wiesner is a three time Caldecott winner who has also created, “Tuesday,” “The Three Pigs” and “Flotsam”.


Weisner was the kid in school who knew how to draw. He knew early on what he wanted to do with his life and spent years working toward that goal. He went to a design school in Rhode Island to learn about art and eventually realized that children's books would allow him the greatest creative flow with his beloved arts.
Check out David Wiesner's website for more fun activities.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wizardry Writing Wednesdays - Wiz Lex's Writing Prompt #1

Good Wednesday future scribes!
Wizard Lexiconi finally back from his Froggy Bottom Croaking Choir Tour '12. I hope you've enjoyed the lessons from my pupils Dirkus and Rankus, both are on their way to becoming fine authors one day soon.


For the month of July, I'd like to see everyone simply write for the fun of it. So here's what I propose...

Every Wednesday, I will post a picture and, if you so choose, you can write a fun story about what you think is going on. The reason why it's important to keep writing is to keep those creative muscles working so they're primed when school starts back. And it will. Trust me, it always starts back up.

Next week, I'll provide an email where you can share your stories, if you so choose. Please keep them to around 100-250 words. If I have your permission, I'll post them on a special Young Scribes Page here at the Castle Library.

Are you game? I think it'll be fun.

Here's this week's picture



He looks happy, don't you think? Write a story about what you think this penguin is doing. 

I do look forward to seeing what you  might come up with. 

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

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Queen's Top 5 Tips for Summer Reading Fun

Good Monday! The first days of summer are officially upon us, and here in the south, the heat is rip-roaring and baking up a sweaty time.


So, how have you been keeping cool this summer? I, for one, enjoy finding a nice, cool place to read a great book. There's many to choose from and I hope you come back often as I present new releases and fun activities to go along with them.


Today, I want to conclude my discussion on how to make reading fun during the summer months.


I have 5 more ideas I wish to share with you. 

1)  Check out books that have been made into movies, such as "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" or for older kids, the newest versions of "Snow White."  There's so many books to movies to choose from, some might be showing in the theaters right now.
    Go to your local library or store and get the soundtrack to the movie. During your special reading times, play the music while you read the book. Once you finish the book, have a family viewing of the movie, either at home or go to the theater. After, compare how they were the same yet different. Be sure to include lots of snacks during the movie. Make it a fun, memorable experience.


 2). Some kids are more visual. Be sure to stock up on magazines for kids and teens.The short articles and fun activities still make reading enjoyable.

3) Allow kids to pick out books they enjoy. All through the school year, they are told what to read. During the summer break, let them pick. If you're concerned, read the book before or with them so you can talk about the book.
     Some books are a little disturbing. Instead of avoiding, walk with them through the story and talk about your feelings. Kids need to know how to deal with all kinds of good and bad information in our world. If you're really concerned, do be sure to read it yourself before hand. And teach your children that it's alright to put down a book. There's millions out there waiting to be read. If you don't like one, close the covers and go on to the next. No big deal.

4) Fiction isn't for everyone. If your kids are the hands-on, love to do things type, look for crafting or do-it-yourself types of books. Sit down during the reading times and make things with them from those books. It's still reading and they get the satisfaction of movement many kids needs.

5) Lastly, find books you love yourself and take reading breaks. You deserve a break. Fix you a nice, cold drink and find a cool, shady spot to just kick back and do nothing more than enjoy a book. You're setting an example for your kids on the benefits and values of reading. Enjoy!

Find The Castle Library on facebook updates, free kindle and nook books links or other previews of other books that I find interesting.


Do enjoy your summer. The hot days are ideal for sitting quietly with a book or checking out the movie theaters.

Happy Reading,
The Queen.
 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Home-Field Advantage by Justin Tuck

Happy Friday dear Readers.
Today, I'm bringing you a book that's sure to promote some summer fun, and ... get you READY FOR SOME FOOTBAAAALLLL!!!

Justin Tuck's Home-Field Advantage is a story about how he "really" became such a power-house football player. With several siblings, including twin sisters to boss and bully him around, he had to toughen up.

This story made me laugh out loud. And I loved just the family feel to his retelling of life in the Tuck home.

I believe you'll enjoy this book.
Most important, it's summer! Get outside and play for goodness sakes!

Happy Reading (and having fun)
The Queen


Book Title: Home Field Advantage
Author: Justin Tuck
Illustrator: Leonardo Rodriguez                         

                                                                                     
Book Information:

Publisher and date: Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (August 30, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 40 pages
Genre: Picture Book based on real life
ISBN: 978-1442403697

Book Theme:
Sports, Football, Family, toughing up, being the youngest, NFL stars stories



Book Summary
Imagine the toughest, meanest-looking, strongest NFL player you can. Now imagine him growing up while being bossed around and pushed around by his five older sisters. The comical scenes are endless and Justin shows that toughness comes in all forms.



Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Are you from a big family? Go outside and play a couple games of football together. Just for the fun of it.
Not from a big family? Invite some friends over to play.
It's summer, just get outside and play!  Include the sprinklers if it's hot.

Older Readers:
You too. Get outdoors and have some fun. Go throw a ball around with friends or siblings.
You can have the sprinklers, too. And Popsicles.

Crafty Ideas:
Do not, and I repeat, do not cut any one's hair.

However, you can use the scissors to cut out some pictures from the newspaper or sports magazine and start your "Favorite Sports" scrapbook. Draw some pictures of you as a football or baseball player.

Writing Prompts:
If you could play any sport, what would you play? Why? Write a persuasive paper about why your parents should let you play that sport. A persuasive paper is one where you explain clearly why something should happen. Think: How do I best charm my parents into doing what I want. Now write it on paper. Good luck!

Discussion Questions:
During a family dinner, everyone share a favorite family story. You could talk about something crazy your siblings did to you, the strangest thing that you remember ever happening, or a favorite family outing. Just talk and share stories and enjoy each other. FYI: These talks are much more enjoyable when there is cold summer watermelon for dessert.

Just saying.


Authors Arena

Author:
Justin Tuck was born in Coosa County, Alabama, and went on to play for the University of Notre Dame. A Pro Bowl defensive end, he plays for the New York Giants. This is his first book for children.

Check out Tuck's site to learn more about this NFL Giant.


Illustrator: 
Leonardo Rodriguez lives and works in Barcelona. He is a contributing cartoonist for Mad magazine. Visit his blog about illustration at LeonardoRodriguez.net.

Check out Rodriguez's site for more of his fabulous works. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wizardry Writing Wednesdays - Rankus on Journaling

It's a great day... for chasing trolls.

What about you? What is your favorite summer activity? Where do you love to go?

Today, I'm going to talk about one terrific way to keep writing during the summer months. Because, like, schools out, right? We don't want to think about more work. Yucky, boring, sit at your desk kind of work.

Nope, I have something better, more funner that we can all do. And it's easy peasy. Trust me.




We've talked before about keeping a journal. I know the Queen Lady has talked about it. Wiz Lex has talked about it. Even my dumb little bro, Dirkus, has probably talked about it. Do you know why we are all talking about it?

I'm going to tell you. Geeze, don't get your tails in a knot.
What? You don't have tails?!?! What is this world coming to? Geeps.


Well, I'm not going to hold that little thing against you. Lets just get on with my lesson. I have a big, bossy troll to catch. He thinks he's so clever hiding under that bridge, but I'm cleverer, or... well, you know.

So, here's the things about journals.
Anything will work. A notebook, a for-really-real blank book, a file on your Ipad or computer, or whatever you have. The point is, you write in it every day. Or at least nearly every day.


And if you don't know what to write about? Well, duh, your life.
Do you think your life is boring? I think you're wrong. So what if you played video games all day? Write about it. Write about how you made it through the various levels. Put yourself in the video game and write about how you would have liked to have beat the bad guys. What it would feel like to shot and arrow, or whatever. Write about how you made it though the levels.

Mainly, write about what you like. Anything. Just keep writing. Because if you don't, all those things you learned last year? You'll forget them when school starts back up. And school always, always starts back up. Then you'll have to re-learn. The teacher will be frustrated. You'll be frustrated.

Listen to me, this might save you in the long run.

Oh, speaking of running, there's a troll I need to catch. Every time we catch a troll, they have to give us one wish. Isn't that cool?

I've been writing about the wishes I hope to make. First, though...


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

Monday, June 18, 2012

Why Summer Reading is Important

 Good Monday Dear Readers:
The Queen here to talk about the importance of keeping children reading during the summer months. Research shows that children who do not have learning opportunities during summer break increasingly lag behind their peers when school starts again. 


"Kids who don't have educationally rich summers will be nearly three years behind their peers by the time they reach the end of the fifth grade… Much like we would expect an athlete or a musician's performance to suffer if they didn't practice regularly, the same thing is true for young people when it comes to reading performance."
— Ron Fairchild, Founding CEO, National Summer Learning Association

 Here at the Castle Library, I've provided some ideas on things parents can do to encourage their children to keep reading.

Over at  Reading Rocket  you can find more information on activities and programs to help keep kids on track during the summer. There are even articles and videos to help parents encourage their kids with dyslexia. Today, why don't you hop on over and see what new ideas you can find?

Happy Reading.
The Queen.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

Hello good readers,
I came across this new, budding indie writer, just as she is breaking into traditional publishing. The three books of her Trylle Trilogy captured me from the first few chapters. Here, my friends, is a book about trolls! Yes, trolls! And any book that portrays trolls in a good light, is a book that most definitely goes on my shelf. 

And though the trolls of the castle still turn their noses up at my books, I have noticed a bit of interest on their behalf when they think I'm not looking. Yes, indeed, I'll have them reading soon enough!

Now, if only Miss Hocking would write a book about rambunctious dragons....

I must say, I very much enjoyed these books and applaud her hard work ethics and dedication to her craft. Take a look around her blog and you'll see this young person is very passionate about her work and desires to put out great stories her readers will enjoy. And she does.

By time you finish reading this series, her next one titled Watersong should be ready for release. I plan to grab them up as soon as they're available!

Happy Reading,
The Queen



Book Titles: The Trylle Trilogy
Author: Amanda Hocking     

ISBN: 978-1250006318
                                                                                                      
Book Information:

Publisher and date: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (January 3, 2012)
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
ISBN:978-1250006325
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book 1: Switched
Book 2: Torn
Book 3: Ascend




Book Theme: 
Finding your destiny, and who you are in society. The books also deal with love, family expectations, and leadership.


There is some mild language and mild sexuality in the stories.


Book Summary: Hocking explains the trilogy in this video so well, I'm going to let her tell you what these books are about.





Authors Arena

Author: Amanda Hocking:
ISBN: 978-1250006332
(from Amazon.com)
Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with John Hughes and Jim Henson. In between making collages and drinking too much Red Bull, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her USA Today best-selling series the Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for a film, and the books will be re-released through St. Martin's starting in January 2012. She has two other young adult series out now - My Blood Approves and The Hollows - and a stand alone fairy tale, Virtue. Her next series is entitled Watersong, with the first book coming out Fall 2012.

To learn more you can follow her on Twitter - http://twitter.com/amanda_hocking or visit her blog: http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/ or find out news at her Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/amandahockingfans, and her Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/amanda_hocking



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wizardly Writing Wednesdays - Rankus on Editing

Well, did you do it? Did you write something great?

If you did, congrats. But now the real work begins.

You didn't really think that's all there was to it, did you?



The biggest part of writing, as my teachers and Wiz Lex keeps telling me, is REWRITING!!

UGH. Double UGH and yes, triple UGH!!!

In rewriting, we are supposed to look for things like punctuation and sentence structure and flow and voice and if it makes sense and

As you might see, all that stuff is important. Otherwise what we write, wont make sense.

Punctuation? Well come on folks. If you run out of breath when reading a sentence, you might want to cut it down to two or more sentences and don't be afraid to use periods cause they're important. (Are you catching my drift here?)

Remember this?

Let's eat grandma.  YIKES!!!
or
Let's eat, grandma. 

I don't think grandmas would taste good at all. Just saying.

Paragraphs
Use them. If your page is one long stream of text, then you've got a problem. Pay attention to that. If your sentences have a lot of AND, AND, AND.

You also have a problem.



Making it interesting

The dog walked down the street.        YAWN!

The basset house padded across the sidewalk on his way to visit the cute beagle next door.

Now we can really see what's going on. See?


Teachers and those who tell you to revise, revise, revise aren't trying to douse your creativity. They are trying to help you make it totally awesome. Revising your work does that, too.

And once you get into fixing your story, you'll find it's fun as well. New ways to make your first ideas better become clear. The story starts to come more alive. And the more you revise, the better you get at writing the first time around.

Trust me on this. I am in the fourth grade, you know.


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

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Book on the Go!

    Good Tuesday, dear readers.
    Yes, I missed my normal Monday visit, but there was an incident with one of the dragons who thought he could dress up in a suit of armor and scare a knight... need I say more? Lesson learned. Enough of that.








    Today, I'd like to offer a couple of more tips on how to make reading fun during the summer months.

    It seems kids get so busy with playing and sleeping and all that other stuff they want to do during the summer months, that reading gets... well, shelved. So to speak.

    I say, if you are going somewhere and have a bag with you, there should be a book of some form inside of it.

    Really.

    So, if you and your kids are going to the beach, or will be taking a long car ride, be sure to pack a few fun books to read and pass the time. Picture books are wonderful quick reads and the pictures are often engaging to young and even older readers. Pick books that will relate to the place you are visiting.

    But say you didn't have time to pack a few books. Well, words are all around us. When you visit a park, point out the signs posted along the way and encourage your child to try reading them.

    While driving along the highways, be willing to stop at Historical Markers and read the event that happened in that place. This will also provide for some lively discussion afterward.

    Read the swimming pools rules.
    Read the labels along the grocery store isles.
    Read the menu at a restaurant.

    By drawing your child's attention to the variety of print we encounter each day, you will teach them how important learning their letters and words are to understanding the world around them. 




    Enjoy your summer!

    And as always,
    Happy Reading

    The Queen

    Friday, June 8, 2012

    Just Because You're Mine by Sally Lloyd-Jones

    Happy Friday dear readers,
    With Father's day approaching, I wanted to feature this delightful book by Sally Lloyd-Jones about a father's love for his rambunctious son. The watercolor illustrations done by Frank Endersby are simply breathtaking. I believe this is a must read over the next week and Dad's can use some of the activities listed below to enhance the reading experience.

    I'm also including this one in Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday because it seems she is missing this brilliant book. That's just sad. =)


    Happy Reading,
    The Queen.

    Author: Sally Lloyd-Jones                                                                                                     
    Illustrator: Frank Endersby

     
    Book Information:

    Publisher and date: HarperCollins (December 27, 2011)
    Reading level: Ages 4 and up
    Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
    Genre: Children's Picture Book
    ISBN: 978-0062014764



    Book Theme:
    Parental love, fathers and sons, love





     Book Summary from Amazon.com
    Little Red Squirrel tries to guess the reason that his daddy loves him—is it because he is a good High Climber, and Brave, and Fast, and Completely Handsome? Could it be because he’s so Friendly? Or maybe it’s because he’s so good at finding Top Secret Berries?
    The answer is a heartwarming testament to a parent’s love for a child. From New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrator Frank Endersby comes a classic story about the nature of unconditional love.


    Activity Adventures:

    Young Readers:
    This is definitely a sit-in-my-lap read aloud kind of book. As your read the text, discuss some of the wonderful things your own child does that you love. Allow the ending to emphasize that the real reason you love this is simply because they are yours. 

    Older Readers:
    Parents and children can sit together and make a list of things they enjoy doing. Create a summer bucket list of activities the family can do together in order to have more quality time together. Nothing says "I love you" more than spending time with your children doing something fun.

    Print up the bucket list and hang it up. Every time the family accomplishes one of the challenges on the list, mark it off. See if you can complete all of them before school starts again.


    Crafty Ideas:
    Have children create a Father's Day card for the special father in their life. Even if Dad's not present, pick a special male figure that they admire and make a card for them to let that person know they are appreciated.

    Search home-made Father's day cards for ideas

    Writing Prompts:
    Make a list of what you love about your dad. Stick it into their card, or create several post it notes that you can stick up around the house where he'll see them. Like the fridge, the tv remote and the mirror in the bathroom. Make it a week-long game of leaving little notes that say, "I love you because...."



    A sample of Endersby's beautiful work. Click on his link to see more of his wonderful art.



    Authors Arena

    Author:
    Sally Lloyd-Jones is a Brit who came to the US in 1989 "just for a year." She's still here.

    Born in Kampala, Uganda, raised in East, and West Africa and at a boarding school in the New Forest, the first book she ever remembers reading all the way through was THE COMPLETE NONSENSE by Edward Lear. Things have not been the same since.

    She lives in Manhattan and enjoys dividing her time between the front half of her apartment and the back.



    Illustrator:
    Frank Endersby has worked for over twenty years as an Artist and Designer focusing on illustrating children’s books, greeting cards and ceramic ware.

    His work has been published in different countries and the children’s books published in many languages.

    Some of his other book titles are: Little David's Brave Day, Rock-a-bye Bible and Left Hand, Right Hand.


    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

    Wizardly Writing Wednesdays: Rankus on "Let's Write!"



    Hey Everyone!

    I'm back. Rankus here with another fabuloso lesson about one of my favorite topics, (aside from chasing knights)... Writing!!

    So, last week we talked about organizing all your ideas into an outline. Have you done that yet? Because now we can start with the really fun stuff.

    Writing the first draft!



    Now, you need to take one look at your outline so you'll know what to write about. Next, you're going to put the outline away somewhere and don't look at it again unless you get really stuck. Why? Because the outline is a possible way you can go with your story. But it's not written in stone. If you feel you should veer a little from it, do so. But if you get stuck down a rabbit trail, it's there to help guide you back.

    There are other things to consider when you're writing.

    Your voice: This is one of the hardest things for new writers to get. But we all have them. Once you're brilliant and experienced like me, you're writing will reflect your own voice as well. Got it? 

    So voice is:
    your individuality
    your perspective on something
    how you express things
    your enthusiasm for your topic
    and most of all... confidence in what you have to say.

    Try not to think about it too much. Soon, the more you write, the more your voice will come out. Trust me on this. I'm in the fourth grade and I know what I'm talking about.

     

    The other thing I want you to consider is Word Choice.
    Watch out for lame brain words like "was", "were", "felt", "looked" and "seemed" and a whole bunch of other words that don't say anything. 

    You can say a "knight ran for his life", or you can say, "The knight darted away from the dragon's fire breath."

    Which one sounds more exciting?  

    You can say, "The Queen walked into her library when Dirkus knocked over a stack of books."

    Or you can say,

    "The Queen stormed into the library. "Dirkus, are you messing with my reading pile again?" 

    See? See? 

    Think about what you say and how you say it.

    And if you're not nearly as fabu-tastic as I am, don't worry. It's taken me four years to reach this degree of writing excellence. Keep trying, okay?

    Happy Writing!

    Rankus O. Dragon: 4th grade Extraordinaire. 

    Monday, June 4, 2012

    The Queen Discusses Reading and Traveling Tips

    Good day fellow readers.
    Summer is here upon us, school is closing its doors as the pools and beaches open theirs. What fun plans have you decided to partake in during these warm months? A trip to the beach? Will you be visiting relatives that live in another state, country, or somewhere interesting? Where will you be vacationing?

    Did you know books can help make these places more enjoyable? Find kid's travel or non-fiction books about the places you'll be going. You may even find fiction books that are set in the place you'll visit. Collect a few to read during the trip or before. Travel guides offer details about places to visit and help children know what to expect when going somewhere new.

    What about the beach, or camping? There are so many books out there both fiction and non-fiction which can be read ahead of time. Younger children will enjoy learning what to look for when they get to their destination.



    Create a summer reading and adventure scrapbook. Work with your children to fill in during the summer. List titles you all read on one page, and write what you liked about the book. Then when you visit the places described in the book, let children collect a few souvenirs to put in the book: shells and sand from the beach, or leaves from a camping trip. Oh, and be sure to include plenty of pictures of your adventures. Spend some time decorating your scrapbook pages with colorful paper and stickers.

    Associating books with real-life experiences helps to reinforce the importance and enjoyment of reading.

    Happy Reading,
    The Queen

    Friday, June 1, 2012

    E. Aster Bunnymund by William Joyce


    Happy Friday, dear readers.
    The Queen here, who is very happy it's Friday. That means the weekend is here and I love spending my weekends relaxing with a good book. How do you enjoy spending your weekends?

    Today, I wish to present the second book in the Guardian series by William Joyce, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core. What a title. What a book! Book Two has proven to be just as exciting as the first story.

    Our heroes, Katherine, Ombric and North are once again united in a battle to stop Pitch, the Nightmare King. This time, they meet up with the elusive E. Aster Bunnnymund, one of the last surviving Pookas, who has withdrawn from humanity in preference of his mechanical eggs and fantastical chocolate factory. North and Kathrine must convince the giant Pooka to help them save the children of Stanoff Claussen who've been trapped in the center of the earth by Pitch. The Nightmare King returns once again intent on obtaining Ombric's extensive library of knowledge. Will his plan succeed?

    Well, now, you'll just have to read it and find out. 




    Author: William Joyce                                                                                                              


    Book Information:

    Publisher and date: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 21, 2012)
    Reading level:Ages 7 and up
    Book Info:Hardcover: 272 pages
    Genre: Fantasy chapter book
    ISBN:978-1442430501



    Favorite Line: "Nightlight had always known that taking the sorrows of those you love makes you stronger in the end."



    Book Summary from Publisher website
    Forget the bunny trail. E. Aster Bunnymund is on a warpath. In this second chapter book in William Joyce’s The Guardians series, sometimes you have to crack a few eggs.

    Pitch, the Nightmare King, and his Fearlings had been soundly driven back by Nicholas St. North and company in the first Guardians’ adventure. But now Pitch has disappeared completely—and out of sight does NOT make for out of mind. It seems certain that he’s plotting a particularly nefarious revenge, and the Guardians suspect he might have gone underground. But how can they find him there?

    Enter E. Aster Bunnymund, the only emissary of the fabled brotherhood of the Pookas—the league of philosophical warrior rabbits of imposing intellect and size. Highly skilled in martial arts (many of which he invented himself), Bunnymund is brilliant, logical, and a tunnel-digger extraordinaire. If the Guardians need paths near the Earth’s core, he’s their Pooka. He’s also armed with magnificent weapons of an oval-sort, and might just be able to help in the quest for the second piece of the Moonclipper.

    This second book in The Guardians series is about much more than fixing a few rotten eggs—it brings the Guardians one step closer to defeating Pitch!








    Authors Arena

    William Joyce has put his personal stamp on all types of children’s media. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core!, and Santa Calls. He’s won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series, developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug’s Life, and made films including Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He’s currently executive producer of the DreamWorks Animation release of Rise of the Guardians (Fall 2012) inspired by his new series. He is also producing The Leaf Men, based on his book The Leaf Men. And his star continues to rise—he’s been nominated for an Academy Award for his innovative short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.