Marcus Sedgwick looking at a presentation of Marcus Sedgwick books that has the heading Marcus Sedgwick at the Northport Library of the Suffolk Library System. He was quite genial and had fantastic Prezis! He spoke about upcoming projects, research, how he maps his books and coincidences. I did not see a hare.
Sometimes the day is stressful, but then you receive books with hounds on them! Charlie and the New Baby by Ree Drummonsd & Pup and Hound’s Big Book of Stories by Susan Hood and Linda Hendry. My very own hound dog Max gives his seal of approval!
Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign.
Here’s the link to the GIVE IT ALL TO ME Library Collection at OutofPrintClothing.com.
Check it out! The good folks dropped me a line about this project last week, and I’m happy to boost for Library Week.
Yeah, might need this shizz.
I wish I had seen this on pay day damnit.
I totes want those totes. Totes?
"I combine activism, public service, performance art, and music to make Kansas City a radder city and inspire youth to be themselves."
Super awesome librarian powers! Also, purple hair.
Unstoppable soldiers. Lemur masks. Dissolving testicles. Polish histories. A saint. These are a few of the things that have crossing paths in this green novel about the start of the end of the world. Austin and his best friend Robby Brees are outcasts who split their days between going to a Lutheran Academy where they are forced to wear candy cane inspired neck ties and riding their skateboards while smoking fags and speaking theoretically/theologically about the histories of those who have come before them. Austin is a chronic journal keeper. Every night he writes down the details that piece his life together. There are three people that appear most in his recent installments; well two people and a dog. His best friend Robby, his girlfriend Shann and his dog Ingrid who is famous for not being able to bark due to a tumor she had removed from her vocal chords and for her uncanny ability to shit. Austin is madly, truly, deeply in love with his girlfriend Shan and his best friend Robby Brees. If you think that is complicated Austin and Robby also manage to be part of the reason the world is now coming to an end. The cause: six foot praying mantises whose two favorite things to do are “eat and fuck.” They also shit like Ingrid.
Through the narration of our own historian Austin, Andrew Smith weaves together the tales that have brought this crew to their current point in time. While the writing is incredible, and may be fighting The Wolf of Wall Street for the most F-bombs dropped, the amount of times Smith uses the same details for the same characters whenever that person is mentioned becomes a bit tiring. It is as if I introduced you to my dog as the big eared, strong nosed, prematurely graying around the jowls hound, canus lupus familiaris, Max. I talk about my dog a lot and would be telling you this every time I mention him. It can get to you. While the amount of detail is appreciated I’m not sure it had to be revisited every. Single. Time. (Like those periods) Although I did read the advanced reading copy so nothing was final.
Grasshopper Jungle is incredibly edgy, pushes boundaries, has tons of heart, is smart and doesn’t kill the dog. Stick with it and see the history of one teen’s family and how it leads him to his future at the end of the world.
Uh oh… I forgot that when I read If I Stay by Gayle Forman I cried. I’m realizing I will be doomed in the theater!