I know this sort of thing has been going around for a while on Pinterest and whatnot, and now there’s a new display of it up in London at the British Academy’s Literature week.
Artist Justin Rowe and his amazing book sculptures – photo sourced from the BBC News website
Cambridge bookseller Justin Rowe has turned old forgotten books in charity shops into these stunning pieces of art. I mean, look at how he’s used the pages to become the waves that little coracle boat is sailing on!
The one below though is the one that really grabbed my attention in the BBC News article though. Something about the tentacles…
Artist Justin Rowe – sourced from BBC News website
I’d love to know how he got that over-typed effect on them, and just look at the sails on the ship! I used to do bits and pieces of pencil shaded work when I was younger and it took ages to get it all right. I’ve no idea if that’s how he created that look on the sails, but you can tell just by looking at it that no matter what method he used, a great deal of effort went into that sculpture.
Definately something to add on to my list of Things To Go And See – I want to see that kraken up close and personal. Find more information about the British Academy Literature Festival here and the original news article on the BBC website here
Over on audio host Soundcloud, Harper Collins have uploaded an interview with David Walliams discussing his latest book Ratburger, along with suspect ingredients, scaring children, the Queen’s slippers and recurring Raj. As an added bonus, you get to hear Walliams himself reading small sections aloud from his own book, Ratburger.
One thing I have to mention that I especially like was his giving credit to his illustrators too. Kudos to him for that – you can’t beat a humble author after all, and illustration is something I think can get all too easily dismissed sometimes. Just one more reason to read him!
Find it here. Warning, slight spoilers are mentioned, and you might have to join Soundcloud, but that takes all of five minutes.
Remember that phase Young Adult had a while ago of Dark Romance? Lots of vampiric, werewolfy bad boys and girls, all swooning for one another. This book…. doesn’t exactly fit into that.
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Kevin Vladd is dreading Parent’s Evening. He shouldn’t be; his teacher Mrs Fottle is nice, his parents are nice, everything should be just fine. There’s only one problem in fact: his parents are vampires. Just grade 3, but that’s enough to really make things tricky for Kevin, especially when he’s trying to dance with ‘Heaven on Legs’ Miranda at the school’s Parent-Pupil Disco.
A new glittery girly series for the under 8′s.
Publisher: Walker Books
Lily is a modern-day Cinderella. Living with badtempered Great-Aunt Acidity, she has to spend her days fetching never-good-enough biscuits and tea for the relative who took her in, alongside her mean old pooch Sweetypie. Then one day she feels a Tingle in her elbow, and soon finds herself barrelling into a castle floating in a cloud that drifts into her street. Once there, she meets Fairy Mary McBee, the headmistress of the newly renamed Stargirl Academy, which aims to produce a new batch of fairy godmothers. Soon she and the other girls are attempting their very first spells but how will they earn the first stars on their Stargirl pendants?
C’mon, how could I pass up reviewing a book by one of my fave illustrators?
Publisher: Pavilion Children’s Books
Jack’s a very unusual boy – his shadow is his best friend! His magical shadow is the only friend he needs… that is until his shadow gets a little carried away and Jack gets the blame for all the naughty things it does. Jack doesn’t want to be friends anymore, but will he find himself missing his friend once his shadow’s gone?
I logged on today and lo and behold, this interesting article popped up in my blog feed!
Game4Learning’s post about how to get her son to use self-expression and emphasis in his reading prompted me to pipe up – I wonder if it’s possible for you to read aloud with expression if you’re not actually reading the words?