Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brian Selznick is now officially one of my favorite illustrators. Without realizing it, I had previously purchased two of his books pre-Caldecott award announcement. He is the man responsible for the breathtaking images in Amelia and Eleanor Go For A Ride as well as When Marian Sang, incidentally both written by a favorite author, Pam Munoz Ryan.
Hugo Cabret was a brilliant read I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the illustrations, the adversity faced by the characters and the unpredictable ending. I lent it to my Grandma to read. She is French and her Mother came to America from France to join my Great Grandfather. She loved it just as much as I did. My soon to be fifth grader cousin, an avid non-reader, also enjoyed the book. The Invention of Hugo Cabret must be pretty special to be enjoyed by 3 different generations. So, for those of you that haven't read it yet, don't let the 500 or so pages scare you! Most of them are beautiful illustrations and this exciting adventure will keep you reading until the very end!
Other books written by Mr. Selznik: A Boy of a Thousand Faces
Other books featuring Mr. Selznick's illustrations: Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements, Lunch Money by Andrew Clements, The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements, Frindle by Andrew Clements, The School Story by Andrew Clements, When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan, Amelia and Eleanor Go For A Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan

Saturday, July 12, 2008


To the tune of xm radio and the scent of fresh chocolate chip cookies or cinnamon scones, readers in the form of parents, teachers, grandparents and young children, have been a big part of my life for the last 11 months. From story time, to magic tree house book club nights and special events (Clifford, Froggy, Toot and Puddle), I have been lucky enough to call the Children's Department at Barnes and Noble my home. It has seen me through bad times and good; including, but not limited to, crazy holiday hours and employee discount days (my favorite!)

After August 2 I will trade in my bookselling shoes (they exist, and they are terrible!) for beautiful new teacher shoes (Clarks!) This page is dedicated to all of the wonderful people I met at B&N, for all their guidance and support. Booksellers have a wealth of knowledge...thank you for all who shared their wisdom with me. Not all can be so fortunate to endure the trials and tribulations of the children's department, but I survived and am armed and ready to share my love of literature with a new crowd........

5th graders!