‘MARIO MAKES A MOVE’
BY JILL MCELMURRY
Mario is a squirrel who loves to invent amazing moves, like the Super Looper and the Tail, Don’t Fail.
But though his parents ooh and aah at whatever he does, his friend Isabelle is not so easily impressed. When she points out that anyone can have a move, Mario must find some other way to stand out.
Sometimes being amazing is hard work, as shown in this zany yet accessible picture book. Young readers will instantly recognize themselves in Mario, as he searches for his one-of-a-kind talent.
Here is a hilarious read-aloud that will have little ones oohing and aahing — and trying out some moves of their own.
BY MALLORY LOEHR
Every spread of this adorable interactive board book features the smiling face of a different baby.
Pull the tabs and see the babies’ faces change expression just like yours, as they chew, wink, sneeze and more. Babies and toddlers will be able to recognize and imitate the things a face can do in this board book.
‘BALLPARK MYSTERIES: THE ALL-STAR JOKER’
BY DAVID A. KELLY
The stars are out in Kansas City . . . the baseball stars, that is! Mike and Kate are at the All-Star game, and even get to go on the field during the Home Run Derby to catch pop-ups! That’s where they meet Andy, whose dad, Josh Robinson, is an All-Star catcher.
But before the Home Run Derby ends, Josh finds himself in hot water. Someone is playing practical jokes on the other players, and the coach is sure it’s him. Andy swears his dad is innocent. Who would want to frame Josh? And why?
The “All-Star Joker” includes a fun fact page about Kansas City’s stadium.
Cross Ron Roy’s A to Z mystery series with Matt Christopher’s sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunits aimed at the younger brothers and sisters of John Feinstein’s fans.
‘CROSS MY HEART’
BY SASHA GOULD
When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve.
Laura’s father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice’s fiancé, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo.
Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadow society of women who deal in only one currency — secrets.
The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura’s prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled.
Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister’s death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder — one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.
Ages 14 and up.
‘THE SMILEY BOOK OF COLORS’
BY RUTH KAISER
Who can resist the wacky, cute smiley faces to be spied in photos of colorful found objects?
Young readers will enjoy learning their colors as they’re identifying what the smileys are made from — an electrical outlet, a hubcap, even a piece of toast — and readers of all ages will appreciate the witty rhyming text and its inspirational message about choosing happiness.
Ruth Kaiser’s Internet-based “Spontaneous Smiley” project is made up of thousands of people photographing and posting smiley faces they find in everyday objects. In August 2009, Spontaneous Smiley began a partnership with the charity Operation Smile, which funds surgeries for children around the globe with facial deformities. A smiley upload earns a $1 donation to Operation Smile.
NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles:"Mario Makes a Move” and/or “Baby Faces” and/or “Baseball Mysteries: All-Star Joker.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Sept. 18. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway.
‘MARIO MAKES A MOVE’
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Don’t miss out on Williams, Ariz.
You know how some days you’re really at your best and then you hit one where your efforts just don’t measure up. I had one of those. Jack and I were on a nine-day driving tour of Arizona, getting close to the end of the trip.
Best of Books observes 94th annual Children’s Book Week
Internationally renowned Choctaw storyteller and author Tim Tingle will perform and sign copies of his new children’s novel, “How I Became A Ghost,” a story about the Choctaw Trail of Tears told by a young boy, Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon at Best of Books, 1313 E. Danforth Road, Kickingbird Square.
Children will take home free Children’s Book Week posters and totes. This year’s poster artist is Brian Selznick, the 2008 Caldecott Medal winner for The Invention of Hugo Cabret. And children also will get one of the first peeks in the country at Tingle’s new book for children.
ACM@UCO signs exchange program agreement with ACM
The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) recently signed an exchange program agreement with the original ACM in Guildford, England. The agreement will allow Central ACM students with global opportunities to study with contemporary music experts at the ACM in Guildford.
5-14 Good Reads
NOTE: Email email@example.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “The FitzOsbornes at War” and/or “Pretty Penny Makes Ends Meet” and/or “Spirit’s Chosen.” Deadline is 10 a.m. May 20. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.
Locals join Dallas film shoot
University of Central Oklahoma graduate Page Tudyk recently landed the lead supporting actress role in the film “I,” due to start filming this summer in Edmond and the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Mumford & Sons event needs volunteer force
The Pollard Theatre Company is sponsoring the volunteer pool for the Mumford & Sons Guthrie Stopover. Organizers are seeking 250 volunteers to work three, five-hour shifts between Thursday-Sunday the weekend of the festival Sept. 5-8.
Artist INC program to present workshop
The Artist INC program has identified the common behaviors of successful artist entrepreneurs. In their ”What Works/What Doesn’t?” workshop they’ll share those behaviors and leave artists ready to apply them to their own art practice. The workshop includes discussion of portfolio, careers, goal setting and planning, communications strategy and financial planning.
5-7 Good Reads
NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for “Behind the Bookcase.” Deadline is 10 a.m. May 13. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.
Oklahoma Choral Artists presents ‘Trial by Jury’
At 7 p.m. May 15 in the Christian Life Center at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, the Oklahoma Choral Artists will present a program of operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan featuring a staged performance with professional instrumental ensemble of “Trial by Jury.” The performance is co-sponsored by Oklahoma Choral Artists and the Emerson Community Action Board, a group of concerned citizens providing support for the Oklahoma City Public School’s Emerson Mid-High Alternative School, a school for young persons who are working to keep their lives together and earn a high school diploma. All proceeds from the evening will go to the support of projects at Emerson.
Fine Arts Institute schedules 5 X 5 Art Show and Sale
The Fine Arts Institute will present its first “5 X 5 Art Show and Sale” on Sunday. This exhibit includes 55 artists from Oklahoma. The show and sale begins at 5:55 p.m. May 5 with a $5 admission at the door of the Fine Arts Institute, 27 E. Edwards. All art work is priced at $55 and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The exhibit will hang in the FAI gallery May 5-15. Some of the artists included are Jennifer Hustis, Thomas Stotts, Bert Seabourn, Kyle Golding, Jackson Compton, Doris Nelson, Clint Stone, Arni Anderson, Michelle Wiser, Gary Lennon, Linda Kukuk and many more. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. All purchased art is to be picked up May 15. Proceeds from 5 X 5 will go toward operational costs at the Fine Arts Institute to help keep tuition and fees affordable for students of all ages.
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