‘THE MIGHTY LALOUCHE’
BY MATTHEW OLSHAN
One hundred and a few-odd years ago, in Paris, France, there lived a humble postman name Lalouche. He was small, but his hands were nimble, his legs were fast, and his arms were strong.
In “The Mighty Lalouche,” the extraordinary happens when Monsieur Lalouche takes to the ring and proves himself a boxer extraordinaire. C’est impossible! you say? This charming tale holds a few surprises between its pages.
When his job is replaced by an electric car, the postman Lalouche turns to boxing to support himself and his pet finch, Genevieve.
But — “You? A boxer?” the fighters ask. “I could sneeze and knock you down!” Still, Lalouche refuses to give up. Weathering such threats as “I’ll zap him,” “I’ll tie him in a pretty bow,” and most alarmingly, “I’ll squeeze him till he pops!”
Lalouche nimbly thwarts each of his frightening foes in the ring, proving size is no indicator of strength or will.
In keeping with the historical nature of the story, Blackall uses the nearly forgotten Japanese paper diorama style called tatebanko for this book to great effect.
“The Mighty Lalouche” was written specifically for Sophie Blackall after Matthew Olshan discovered that she collected old pictures of boxers, especially “extremely skinny ones with big billowing boxing trunks.”
‘ALICE-MIRANDA TAKES THE STAGE’
BY JACQUELINE HARVEY
In the third title in the series, “Alice-Miranda Takes the Stage,” readers will be instantly drawn to the perpetually positive and determined 7-year-old, Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones, who takes herself off to boarding school because it appeals to her sense of adventure. The Alice-Miranda series is perfect for fans of Judy Moody, Matilda and Clementine.
But it’s not all glamour and stage lights: there are rumors of a witch in the woods, and Alice-Miranda’s friends, Jacinta and Millie, are clashing with Sloan Sykes, a rude new student whose pushy mother comes up with a get-rich scheme that could have disastrous results.
When Alice-Miranda learns of the plot, she tries to set things right — and on the night of the big performance, no less!
BY BOB STAAKE
Readers will follow the journey of a bluebird as he develops a friendship with a young boy and ultimately risks his life to save the boy from harm in this wordless book. The tale unfolds in blues, grays and blacks, with color entering the pages at the story’s end.
“Bluebird” became the means to this goal, exploring loneliness, friendship, and loss in an abstract and poetic way. The story’s striking conclusion is left open to interpretation. Staake explains that by creating an ambiguous ending, “children can resolve ‘Bluebird’ in their own personal — and empowering — way.”
For more information and a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the book, visit FlyBluebird.com
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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.
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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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