August 7, 2011

Hugo Cabret

The wonderfully imaginative story Hugo Cabret is going to be released as a movie this fall !  I can't wait ! Have you read it yet ? 

"Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton." (IMDb) 
au.tom.a.ton (noun) a moving mechanical device made in imitation of a human being
 If you haven't read the book yet, get readingbecause it is amazing! Author and illustrator, Brian Selznick used highly detailed pencil sketches in all sorts of sizes to help tell the story. He combined pictures and words in very unusual ways to create a story like none other. I know you will love it.  Get the book ! We have two copies in the library. By the way, did you know it has 526 pages, and that 300 pages are pictures ?  Have some fun with the Hugo Cabret website.  Be sure to take a look at his art studio and his book list.

I wonder if you will like the book or the movie better ?  I usually like the book better because I get to create my own vision of the story in my imagination. But with a book like Hugo Cabret who can predict how the director will capture this story on film.

To make things even better, Selznick's new book Wonderstruck  will be in bookstores September 13. Yes, we will have two copies in the school library as soon as I can get them catalogued. Who will be first to read it ?

Happy reading!
Mrs. Dumas

August 2, 2011

The BC Kids Writing Contest

Do you like to write ? 
If you do... 
think about entering the "Express Yourself: The BC Kids Writing Contest", which is sponsored by the BCLA. (That means BC Library Association) 

If you are between the ages of 8 and 12, and you live in BC then you can enter.  The contest starts June 29th, 2011 and the final day of the contest is September 16, 2011. Winners will be announced in October, which just happens to be Library Month. 

You can write a story, a poem, a play or any other kind of writing you want. Keep the word count to 300 words, and be sure to include these 6 words; zest, book, key, chair, dark, library. The special words make this contest really tricky, but who doesn't like a challenge. Check out the list of judges.  Find out more at 

OK, I might be a little too old for the contest but I am going to try to write something too. 
Get started and bring your writing in during the first week of school. 
Good luck Kent students !  Start writing !
Mrs. Dumas