‘DAY BY DAY’
BY SUSAN GAL
The industrious pigs of “Day by Day” build a home, plant a garden, help their neighbors and gather for a harvest that is the result of hard work and kindness.
Filled with simple, lilting text that is fun to read aloud, this idyllic portrayal of America’s heartland will appeal to people living in rural areas, as well as those who appreciate the core values associated with the lifestyle.
Susan Gal began her illustration career as a poster and calendar artist. She then worked as an “actor with a pencil” for Disney Animation before returning to her native California to create fun and whimsical illustrations.
BY PATRICIA REILLY GIFF
This week the kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center are being creative and trying new things.
But that’s not so easy for Destiny.
All of her ideas turn into disasters — until she finds out what a good poet she is. Her friend Yolanda is good at art. They put their talents together and come up with a terrific idea.
‘EMILY AND JACKSON
BY PHYLLIS REYNOLDS
Plucky orphans Emily and Jackson star in another Wild West escapade that includes lots of dastardly villains and comic cliffhangers in the companion to “Emily’s Fortune.”
Emily Wiggins is thrilled that she and her orphan friend Jackson have escaped the clutches of the Child-Catching Services and Emily’s villainous uncle Victor.
Emily and Jackson are now living happily with her loving aunt Hilda. But just a mighty mouth minute! Someone’s snooping around for an orphan child on the run!
He knows Jackson is hiding nearby and aims to get a reward for snatching him and sending him to work at a mill.
What in leapin’ livers should Jackson do? And Emily can’t rest easy either, since some sort of creature is coming to their gate when Jackson and Emily are home alone.
What in simmering succotash is that moving pile of dirt? Is it a heap of black rags, is it a dusty tumbleweed, no it’s…Now what in shaking shivers will happen next?
‘JUNIE B., FIRST GRADER: TURKEYS WE HAVE LOVED AND EATEN (AND OTHER THANKFUL STUFF)
BY BARBARA PARK
In this latest installment, Junie B. and her classmates are planning for a Thanksgiving feast and entering a school-wide contest about what students are thankful for.
Room One is planning their Thankful List to enter into the school’s Thankful Contest, a contest about “appreciating all of the wonderful things in the world that we are thankful for.”
But in typical Junie B. fashion, the things Junie B. and her fellow classmates are thankful for are far from the norm. Their list is filled with items such as “cranberry jelly in a can,” “exploding biscuits,” and “toilet paper.”
And when their Thanksgiving feast celebration comes around, Junie B. begins to discover that being a pilgrim (and wearing a sweaty costume) and eating yucky blucky pumpkin pie is definitely NOT something she can be thankful for.
Will Room One’s celebration turn out to be a success, and do they stand a chance of winning the contest? Either way, the Thanksgiving festivities will be memorable in this new Junie B. adventure.
BY JULIE BOURBEAU
Every Wednesday, strange things happen in Max’s village. The townsfolk shutter their window, lock their doors and hunker down to outwait this plague of peculiarities referred to simply as “the Wednesdays.”
But Max is too curious for that, and when he accidentally lets the Wednesdays inside, his furious parents cast him out for the rest of the day.
Soon he meets the Wednesdays themselves: strange silver-eyed boy-creatures bent on spreading mischief and mayhem. Initially he thinks they’re quite fun, but they can also be cruel and dangerous.
With the assistance of an unlikely cast of characters including a popular girl with questionable motives, a slightly crazed parapsychologist and the world’s ugliest dog, Max must put an end to the curse of the Wednesdays or become one himself.
Julie Bourbeau has lived a life that is probably more adventurous than necessary. She has jumped out of airplanes, been swept out to sea, and was married on a Himalayan mountaintop by Tibetan monks. When she grew weary of a lifestyle that required so many vaccinations, she decided to become a writer so that her characters could continue her adventures while she stayed safe and warm.
NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Day by Day” and/or “Zigzag Kids: Super Surprise” and/or “Emily and Jackson Hiding Out.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Nov. 19. 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.
‘DAY BY DAY’
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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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