Resources from the BF LMC

Week of 9/8/13

This week is...

*9/8 - National Grandparents' Day

*9/8 - International Literacy Day

*9/9 - Wonderful Weirdos Day

*9/10 - World Suicide Prevention Day

*9/13 - Yom Kippur begins at sundown

*9/13 - Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day

David Wiesner is Visiting the BF LMC on 10/10

Three-time Caldecott winner David Wiesner introduces Mr. Wuffles! (Coming Fall 2013)

David Wiesner's Official Biography

David Wiesner is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards in the United States and abroad. Three of the picture books he both wrote and illustrated became instant classics when they won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002, and Flotsam in 2007, making him only the second person in the award's long history to have won three times. He has also received two Caldecott Honors, for Free Fall and Sector 7.

Wiesner grew up in suburban New Jersey, known to his classmates as "the kid who could draw." He went on to become a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he was able to commit himself to the full-time study of art and to explore further his passion for visual storytelling. He soon discovered that picture books were the perfect vehicle for his work.

Wiesner generally spends several years creating each new book. Many versions are sketched and revised until the story line flows smoothly and each image works the way he wants it to. He creates three-dimensional models of objects he can't observe in real life, such as flying pigs and lizards standing upright, to add authenticity to his drawings.

David Wiesner lives with his family outside Philadelphia.

Mr. Wuffles

HMH's description:

A cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn't care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He's much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens-but the ship wasn't designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble.

When the space visitors dodge the cat and take shelter behind the radiator to repair the damage, they make a host of insect friends. The result? A humorous exploration of cooperation between aliens and insects, and of the universal nature of communication involving symbols, "cave" paintings, and gestures of friendship.

Flotsam, Winner of the 2007 Caldecott Medal

Flotsam by David Wiesner

The Three Pigs, Winner of the 2002 Caldecott Medal

HMH's description:

Hold on to your hat and your home, but let your imagination soar! This masterly picture book will blow you away right along with the three little pigs’ houses. Satisfying both as a story and as an exploration of story,The Three Pigs takes visual narrative to a new level. When the wolf comes a-knocking and a-puffing, he blows the pigs right out of the tale and into a whole new imaginative landscape, where they begin a freewheeling adventure as they wander—and fly—through other stories, encountering a dragon and a cat with a fiddle, among others. This familiar tale will never be the same old story again.

Tuesday, Winner of the 1992 Caldecott Medal

HMH's description:

The unpredictable events of a particular Tuesday unroll before the reader’s eyes with the precision and clarity of a silent movie in this Caldecott Medal-winning book. In this ingenious and imaginative nearly wordless picture book, frogs in a pond lift off on their lily pads and fly to a nearby town where they zoom through a woman’s living room, encounter a dog playing in his yard, and distract a bathrobe-clad citizen from his midnight snack. Who knows what will happen next Tuesday?

Isn't David a super-talented artist?

FUN FACT: David Wiesner illustrated middle-grade and picture books based on E.T.

I remember seeing these at the public library as a child.