Friday, November 16, 2018

Margo's Musings: What is Twig's Fortune?

When we were at the CT Children’s Book Fair we were lucky enough to listen to author Brenna Burns Yu read aloud her picture book, Hazel and Twig: The Birthday Fortune. It's a wonderful story, and my little sister, Margo, and I learned about a Korean first birthday tradition. It sounded like so much fun and we were lucky to get an autographed copy. How special! We couldn’t wait to get home and read it again!

Twig is turning one and her doljabi is right around the corner. Her whole family is excited and curious to see what she'll select. Whatever she picks will tell her fortune. Each item that is placed on the ground represents something different. Will she be a builder? A musician? Or is something else in store for her? Only time will tell, and no one is more excited than Twig’s older sister, Hazel. She really hopes her sister picks yarn, so they can both live long lives. But on Twig’s doljabi she picks something quite unexpected. Will Hazel be able to help tell what it means?  You won’t want to miss this adorable debut picture book. 

Hazel and Twig: The Birthday Fortune by Brenna Burns Yu is such a beautiful and interesting picture book. Margo fell in love with Twig, and she especially enjoyed trying to guess what Twig would select. I hadn’t heard of a doljabi before, and it was cool to learn about a special Korean tradition. The illustrations are soft and appealing with adorable characters. I can't get over all the tiny details!  I'm sure we'll be pulling this book off the shelf many times to read again.

Has anyone else read Hazel and Twig: The Birthday Fortune by Brenna Burns Yu? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading!
~ F

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Answer to Fairday's Riddle: A Special Day

Excellent guessing, Riddlers! This week we're celebrating birthday traditions. Tune in Friday for Margo's children's picture book choice and find out how the answer ties into the story. See you all around the book block. ~ F

Once a year this shall come, starting count at day one. A merry-go-round of laughs and cries circles back to old new eyes. Manifestations born in time are celebrated by yours and mine. Blowing candles and festive song mark the date you came along. 

What am I referring to? Answer: Birthday!

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Fairday's Riddle: Time to Party!

Hello, Riddlers! Can you guess our theme this week? There are so many ways to celebrate this fun event. 😉 ~ F

Once a year this shall come, starting count at day one. A merry-go-round of laughs and cries circles back to old new eyes. Manifestations born in time are celebrated by yours and mine. Blowing candles and festive song mark the date you came along. 

What am I referring to? Stop by Wednesday for the answer. 

I gave you a clue!

Friday, November 9, 2018

CT Children's Book Fair 2018: Part 2

This week we're spotlighting the Connecticut Children's Book Fair. Here's part two of our exclusive coverage of the day. We were spellbound by all the books!

In case you missed it, here's part one of our visit.
Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson 
Illustrator/ Author team
Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson are on the same team. This dynamic duo really knows how to collaborate. Robbi is the illustrator and Matthew is the author, and they're married! They work together to create art and stories. The first writing tip they gave us was brilliant, and simple— if you want to write or illustrate a book, do it. We definitely agree. Robbi and Matthew know how to take a project from concept to completion and deliver the story. They are a cool collaborating couple, and we're excited to read The Real McCoys
Matthew Swanson, Stephanie Robinson, Robbi Behr

Brenna Burns Yu
Author/ Illustrator
Brenna Burns Yu had an interesting presentation. We enjoyed hearing about some of the things that influenced Hazel and Twig's story. Brenna talked about how she and her school friend would create tiny worlds with tinsy clothes and homes for their paper characters when they were kids. Recently, she'd gone to visit this old friend, and her friend had found the actual artwork. She even had a mini- catalogue that they'd made, which featured various small paper fashions. Tiny things are fascinating for sure! The illustrations in The Birthday Fortune are delightful, and we're looking forward to reading the book.
Stephanie Robinson and Brenna Burns Yu
Below are highlights from previous Connecticut Children's Book Fairs that we've attended. 

—Click on the year to visit the post for book fair coverage
—Click on author names that are linked to read an interview 


Jerry Spinelli, Patricia Maclachlan, Leslea Newman


2015 (part 1)
Pierre Collett-Derby, Tommy Greenwald, Pamela Zagarenski

2015 (part 2)
Cynthia Lord, Wendell & Florence Minor, Jeanne Birdsall


2017 (part 1)
Marc Brown, Carol Weston

2017 (part 2)
Gordon Korman, Cammie McGovern
Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson are co-authors of the Fairday Morrow books. They have been friends since they met in English class in 9th grade. They enjoyed chatting about books then, and they still do. When they're not solving a mystery with the DMS, they keep up with the book buzz and help spread the news about stories they love.

"It's interesting to find out the story behind the story. There's so much that goes into the birth of a book, and it's fascinating to meet the faces behind the scenes. The Connecticut Children's Book Fair offers a great opportunity for readers, writers, and artists of all ages to connect with each other and talk about books." ~ Jessica Haight