Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil..."

Well, I have read the most conflicting book-- "I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want To Be Your Class President" by Josh Lib. On one hand, it's all sarcasm and evilness and on the other hand, it's really very touching. Oliver Watson is the typical chubby seventh grader, subject of taunts, criticism and physical abuse at the hands of his fellow students. At least, that's what you see. What you don't see is a seventh grade genius who has found a way to make millions of dollars, a way to make those insensitive louts who plague him pay for their abuse (I love it when the bullies get a cream on their hands that creates zits or gives instant gas when they abuse Oliver) , and a way to deal with his less than attentive father. All those seventh grade mixed-up feelings of frustration, hatred and even maybe that first crush appear in this book. Perhaps the best description of this book would be to cross "Animal House" with "James Bond", add seventh grade
boys and shake well.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Robert Sabuda's Pop-up Cards Free!

If you are looking for an interesting craft for your kids, Robert Sabuda, the award-winning king of pop-up books, has a website that offers free patterns for seasonal pop-up cards. (The Christmas tree was fun but the reindeer has more of an "ooooo!" factor. The turkey is much easier than it looks and I can't wait to try the snowman.) Also, ask at the Youth Services desk to see his "Alice in Wonderland" book. It's just amazing what this artist can do with paper!
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