Halloween is over, but if you are still looking for something scary, check out the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud. I just finished listening to the third and newest book in the series, which follows Lucy Carlyle, Anthony Lockwood, and George Cubbins as they work together to hunt ghosts around London. Thrilling, engaging, and humorous, I can't wait for book number four!
What would you do if you came home from school and found a baby griffin in your room?
Do you want to communicate with griffins, befriend people of the sea, protect dragons, and care for unicorns? If so, check out The Menagerie by Tui Sutherland. Hidden in this book's world there exists griffins, dragons, unicorns, merpeople, and other mythical and fantastic creatures that have needs. They need to be protected so that they are not exploited, misunderstood, or worse. For centuries sanctuaries have existed to protect them. When Logan’s mom disappears and his father moves him to a small town in Wisconsin, he finds himself drawn into this world.
Uniquely able to talk with baby griffins (who have run away from home, one of which has hidden in his bedroom!) he finds his way to his classmate Zoe’s house. She tells him her house is really a secret sanctuary for mythical creatures called The Menagerie. This begins their adventures. As not only must they find the runaway griffins before anyone sees them, but someone, or something, seems to be threatening the Menagerie itself and if they don’t find out who, and stop them, The Menagerie could be closed forever!
If you can't wait to join this amazing secret adventure take a sneak peek at the fan-made The Menagerie book trailer.
For other stories about mythical creatures and fantastical adventures check out these books:
- Imaginary Veterinary: The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors
- The Ever Afters: Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach
- Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn
- Elliot and the Goblin War by Jennifer Nielsen
- Drizzle by Van Cleve
- Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
- Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce
- Beastologist by La Fevers
NASA has a rover, called Curiosity, on Mars and you can send a postcard! Follow this link and pick one of 9 different postcard images then add a message and send. The postcard will be sent to the Curiosity Rover, Gale Crater on Mars!
http://mars.nasa.gov/ is full of interesting facts, videos, activities and photos about the Mars Exploration Program. Curiosity, the rover, is part of this program which is trying to determine if the planet Mars was ever able to support any life. What do you think?
Still curious? Check out these titles or come on in. We’d love to help you find books and resources to feed your curiosity!
You probably know the storyline of a few fairy tales, like Cinderella, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Princess and the Pea. If you like those tales, you might want to try reading some fractured fairy tales.
What is a fractured fairy tale? It is a fairy tale that has been changed in some way from the original tale and given a twist:
- It might be told from a different character’s point of view. In Nobody Asked the Pea by John Warren Stewig, we hear the tale of The Princess and the Pea through the eyes of various characters, including the pea.
- The author might change the seting of the tale, like the story of Three Triceratops Tuff by Stephen Shaskan. Instead of taking place on a bridge, this version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff takes place in the Cretaceous period, where three dinosaur brothers must outsmart Tyrannosaurus Rex in order to get some food.
- It might take a character from an original tale and put him or her in a new story. In I Thought This Was a Bear Book by Tara Lazar, Baby Bear has to help Prince Zilch from Planet Zero get back to his own book.
- The ending might be different from the original tale's ending, such as this version of Little Red Riding Hood - Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by Rachael Mortimer. Little Wolf, who doesn't want to be a Big Bad Wolf, is sent to catch dinner and meets Red Riding Hood along the way and together they come up with a solution
- It might be a mash-up of various fairy tales, like The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by David Conway. The Big Bad Wolf is tired of blowing down houses and tries to find a relaxing fairy tale, but ends up making a big mess for Cinderella, Rapunzel, and other fairy tale characters.
- They are often laugh-out loud funny, like Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella by Tony Johnston. A dashing Bigfoot prince searches for his Bigfoot princess. Rrrrrella would be a perfect match, but first she must get past her ugly stepsisters.
There are so many fairy tale adaptations to choose from! Click here for more fun (and usually hilarious) tales.
Welcome back everyone! This is the last post in the Super Power Saturdays blog series. We have covered a lot of different books this summer – super powers in fiction, graphic novels, middle school reads, and more. If you missed any of these posts, or just want to re-read them, links to them are at the end of this blog post. Now, after all these great stories, it’s time to take that super powered inspiration and channel it into creating our own stories. So, to wrap things up we will look at books that can help you create your own stories, graphic novels, and characters, and even find out how to break into the writing business! A few great ones to start with are:
- Heroes! Draw Your Own Superheroes, Gadget Geeks and Other Do-Gooders by Jay Stephens
- How To Draw Superheroes by Jimmy Hansen
- Write Your Own Graphic Novel by Natalie Rosinsky
- So, You Want To Be A Comic Book Artist? by Philip Amara
- So, You Want To Be A Writer? by Vicki Hambleton
- Guy Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs To Know by Ralph Fletcher
- How To Write Stories by Celia Warren
- Look At My Book: How Kids Can Write And Illustrate Terrific Books by Loreen Leedy
- Comics And Graphic Novels by Richard Spilsbury
- How To Write A Comic Book by Nel Yomtov
- Comic Strips: Create Your Own Comic Strips From Start To Finish by Art Roche
- Art Panels, Bam! Speech Bubbles, Pow! Writing Your Own Graphic NovelBy Trisha Shaskan
For some online fun creating comics check out Make Beliefs Comix. It’s an interactive website that has different online features and options, as well as printable downloads and writing prompts, to help you to create your own comics.
For links to these and other great books about creating your own stories, graphic novels, and characters check out the Creating Stories and Graphic Novels book list in our catalog.
Blogs in this Super Power Saturdays blog series:
- What’s Your Super Power? (Juvenile Fiction)
- Juvenile Graphic Novels: All Kinds of Powers!
- Middle School Super Powers! (Middle School Fiction)
- Juvenile Nonfiction: All Kinds of Heroes!
Booklists from this blog series:
- Juvenile Super Powered Fiction
- Juvenile Graphic Novels: All Kinds of Powers!
- Middle School Powers
- Juvenile Nonfiction: All Kinds of Powers
- Creating Stories and Graphic Novels
Happy “Super Powered” Reading Everyone!