‘MR. NOAH AND
BY JANE WERNER
This classic Little Golden Book, now back in print, features artwork of a child playing with her toy Noah’s Ark set, accompanied by a rhyme that preschoolers will love to hear as they identify the animals.
Jane Werner was one of the first editors of the Little Golden Book line. She wrote many of them over the years, including the best-selling classic “My Little Golden Book About God.”
Caldecott medalists Alice and Martin Provensen began to illustrate books together in 1946, many of them for Golden Books. Their Little Golden Book “The Color Kittens,” written by Margaret Wise Brown, is a beloved classic.
‘THE COW WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN’
BY JEANETTE KRINSLEY
Little Golden Books is well-recognized by readers young and old, with stories featuring farm animals as some of their best-selling and most beloved titles.
Little Cow thinks life will be better on the “other mountain,” and convinces a few animals that the grass will be munchier, the bugs crunchier, the water sploshier, the mud sloshier…but when they get there, they find that the grass isn’t really greener on the other side.
This simple, witty tale, brought to life by Caldecott medalist Feodor Rojankovsky, was originally published in 1963 and is now back in print as a Little Golden Book Classic.
‘SAMMY KEYES AND THE POWER OF JUSTICE JACK’
BY WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN
In the latest addition to the Sammy Keyes series, Sammy thought she’d seen all the weirdness her town had to offer — and then she meets Justice Jack, Santa Marina’s very own superhero.
Well, really he’s just a guy in spandex and a mask who rides around town on a dirt bike, hoping to find some crime to fight. The old folks in town think he’s wonderful.
So wonderful that they’ve asked him to track down Sammy’s neighbor Mrs. Wedgewood, who seems to have disappeared — along with a lot of other people’s cash. Sammy’s friends think Justice Jack is funny and cool.
But Sammy thinks he’s kind of … lame. When a real mystery comes along, Sammy finds herself right in the middle of it.
Ages 10 and up.
‘SUCK IT UP AND DIE’
BY BRIAN MEEHL
Brian Meehl’s snarky sequel to the well-reviewed fan favorite “Suck It Up” contains new characters, both good and evil, and more comedic takes on the world of vampires.
From mainstream to bloodstream, all will be revealed in this fang and folly infested follow-up that guarantees someone will suck it up and die.
Nearly two years after “Suck It Up,” all Morning McCobb wants is to complete his training at the New York Fire Academy and to stay head over heels in love with Portia for as long as the chronology-crossed lovers can, given that she’s now 18 and he’s stalled at 16.
Then tension between Morning’s wish for a simple, out-of-the-spotlight life, and Portia’s cinematic obsession with historic events escalates to the breaking point when a super-sinister vampire rises from the grave with a powerful thirst for revenge.
Ages 12 and up.
BY CYN BALOG
Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn’t? Things can go really, really wrong.
Like the day he decided to go off script and save a girl from being run over … and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn’t work.
But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something’s about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn and finds out about the Book of Touch.
Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift … and there’s no way to stop things from happening. In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he’s about to discover — or the choice he will be forced to make….
Cyn Balog has always wanted to be a fortune-teller on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights. She is the author of teen paranormal novels “Starstruck,” “Sleepless,” and “Fairy Tale.”
Ages 12 and up.
NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Mr. Noah and His Family/The Cow Went Over the Mountain” combo and/or “Sammy Keyes and the Power of Justice Jack.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Nov. 5. 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.
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‘DEEP IN THE SAHARA’
BY KELLY CUNNANE
Kelly Cunnane, the critically acclaimed author of “For You Are a Kenyan Child,” crafts a gentle and accessible picture book with “Deep in the Sahara” that offers a glimpse into the fascinating culture of West Africa and reveals that families are much the same the world over.
Older Oklahomans invited to share poetry
The 39th Annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging is accepting entries for the 2014 Senior Poetry Contest. The contest is a popular event in conjunction with the conference, which is sponsored by DHS Aging Services.
Contestants are encouraged to submit works which reflect the conference’s theme of “Inspired Living.” Winners will be invited to read their poems and be recognized at an awards luncheon on May 20 at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center.
11-28 Holiday events listing
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Edmond Sun publishes a listing of Christmas-related events as a service to the public. If you would like to have an event open to the general public listed, send the information to Mark Schlachtenhaufen at email@example.com.
ACM@UCO faculty member releases album
Clay Withrow, adjunct faculty member at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), recently released the album “Between the Madness” as a member of the progressive metal band Vangough.
“Between the Madness” is Vangough’s third studio effort and follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Kingdom of Ruin” released in 2011. Spread across 12 songs and more than 70 minutes of content, “Between the Madness” has what Withrow describes as a strong, unified sound.
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‘ANNE FRANK’S CHESTNUT TREE’
BY JANE KOHUTH
Jane Kohuth’s “Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree” is the perfect introduction to the inspiring and important legacy of Anne Frank.
Hidden away in their Secret Annex in Amsterdam during World War II, Anne Frank and her family could not breathe fresh air or walk under the blue sky for years.
But through an attic window Anne could see the branches of a tall chestnut tree. This small glimpse of nature gave Anne hope and courage. It inspired her writing, in turn, inspiring the whole world.
FAI kicks off holiday activities Dec. 1
Winter is a busy time of the year for the staff at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond as they plan December’s activities including the second year for “Art for the Holidays at FAI.”
Twitter reacts to the American Music Awards
In addition to being one of the biggest events on the music industry calendar, the American Music Awards also provides plenty of fodder for instant social media commentary. Here is a sampling of reaction on Twitter to Sunday night's show.
Broadway Star Kelli O’Hara to give master class at OCU
Broadway leading lady and four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara will give a master class at Oklahoma City University, her alma mater, from noon to 2 p.m. Monday. The class is free to the public and will be in the Petree Recital Hall of the Bass Music Center at Northwest 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.
Historic day at Heritage Center Saturday
The desk used by a vice president of the first Oklahoma Constitutional Convention will be on display at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center 1-3 p.m. Saturday, for the center’s monthly hands-on history Family Saturday.
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