‘CALVIN COCONUT: EXTRA FAMOUS’
BY GRAHAM SALISBURY
There are zombies at Kailua beach! Well, kind of.
Fourth-grader Calvin Coconut and his friends have been recruited by Benny Obi (the boy from “Kung Fooey” who liked to tell crazy stories and ate bugs) to be extras in his uncle’s movie: “Zombie Zoomba!”
And who ends up with an actual part? Calvin’s babysitter, Stella.
Graham Salisbury’s Calvin Coconut books are boy-friendly, family-centered and full of humor and the fun of growing up in Hawaii. Fun facts about Hawaii are included in each book, as well as a map of Calvin’s neighborhood while the cast of multicultural characters reflects the ethnic mix of Hawaii.
‘TWINKY THE DINKY DOG’
BY KATE KLIMO
Beloved author Kate Klimo returns with a brand-new dog-centric Step into Reading book that is sure to inspire new readers.
Clever and funny, “Twinky the Dinky Dog,” is the perfect first book to give to dog-obsessed readers learning to read independently.
The world treats Twinky like a dinky dog — including his owner, who has the nerve to carry him around in a purse and dress him up in frilly sweaters.
Every day Twinky longs to play with the big dogs, but is laughed out of the park because of his size. But when Twinky’s owner is threatened by a robber, he’s finally able to prove that courage comes in all shapes and sizes.
Enhanced by Michael Fleming’s bright and bold illustrations, this timeless story of a little dog trying to prove his worth is sure to become a learning-to-read favorite.
Full of engaging characters, easy-to-follow plots, and popular topics, “Twinky the Dinky Dog” is an ideal first book for dog-loving children excited to read on their own.
‘WHEN MERMAIDS SLEEP’
BY ANN BONWILL
Young readers will be whisked away to a land where mermaids sleep and pirates snore in “When Mermaids Sleep,” a beautifully lyrical bedtime picture book where fairies slumber on flower petals and giant’s sleepy sighs make the valley fumble.
Featuring dream-like illustrations by Society of Illustrators Gold Medal recipients Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, “When Mermaids Sleep” is an ideal addition to the bedtime canon.
Featuring such beloved characters as mermaids, genies, unicorns, and dragons, “When Mermaids Sleep” is a new bedtime tale with a classic feel. Johnson and Fancher’s beautifully lush illustrations will keep children engaged as Bonwill’s soothing and rhythmic text gently rock them to sleep in a dreamland filled with slumbering giants and sweetly dozing fairies.
NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Calvin Coconut: Extra Famous” and/or “Twinky the Dinky Dog” and/or “When Mermaids Sleep.” Deadline is 10 a.m. June 10. 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.
‘CALVIN COCONUT: EXTRA FAMOUS’
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‘MY PEN PAL, SANTA’
BY MELISSA STANTON
What happens when you write to Santa Claus after Christmas? In “My Pen Pal, Santa,” a little girl named Ava is about to find out.
On Christmas morning, Ava is so excited about her presents that she writes a letter to Santa to thank him (and ask why he didn’t eat her Christmas cookies!).
To her surprise, Santa replies, and a yearlong correspondence between Ava and St. Nick is born.
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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.
11-27 Good Reads
‘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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