Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pottermore Announcement

J.K. Rowling made an exciting announcement in London this morning. Starting in October, her seven Harry Potter novels will be sold as e-books through a new website called "Pottermore."

Pottermore is more than just a website for which to buy ebooks. It's going to be an interactive site, promising to "immerse users in her world of wizards, combining elements of computer games, social networking and an online store." J.K. Rowling also has written 18,000 words of new Potter material! (Source: Today Books)

The Pottermore page appeared online a few weeks ago with nothing but the words "Coming soon..." on it. It has been the subject of intense speculation since.

According to Today Books, "the project unveiled in London lets Potter fans delve into the world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Sections let users shop for wands in Diagon Alley, travel to Hogwarts from the imaginary Platform 9 3/4 at London's King's Cross train station and be sorted into Hogwarts school houses by the perceptive Sorting Hat. Along the way are wand fights, games and new information about characters beloved around the world, including Harry's reviled relatives, the Dursleys."

You can also follow Pottermore on Twitter for all the latest info!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Diary of a Wimpy Kid News

Exciting news for Greg Heffly fans!

The sixth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is due out November 15th, in less than five months! It's called "Cabin Fever" and, like the title implies, it's about being stuck inside during a huge blizzard.

Six summer “Snowball in July” events will be announced soon as well, which should get everyone even more excited about the release of Book 6. They will feature a giant Wimpy Kid snow globe (cool!), treats (yum!), and special book previews (exciting!).

In other Diary of a Wimpy Kid news, the second movie, Rodrick Rules will be released on DVD next Tuesday, June 21. To put a copy on reserve, click here!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak

Happy Birthday to the author of many, many celebrated children's books, Maurice Sendak! He was born on June 10th, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY. He was the youngest of three children born to Polish-Jewish immigrants.

Today he turns 83-years-old today.

To celebrate, be sure to check out a few of his more famous works:

Alligators All Around: An Alphabet

Little Bear (written by Else Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak)

Pierre : a Cautionary Tale in Five chapters and a prologue

Very Far Away

Where The Wild Things Are

And make sure to take a look at this awesome blog inspired by the beloved Where The Wild Things Are, which is arguably his most famous book. It's called Terrible Yellow Eyes and is a collection of works by contributing artists who share a love and admiration for Sendak's work. The pieces presented on this site were done as a tribute to his life and legacy.

Happy Birthday, Maurice!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Breaking Dawn Trailer

The first official Breaking Dawn trailer premiered Sunday, June 5th and the MTV Movie Awards! If you missed it (like me), here it is...

This third Twilight movie is due out November 18th! What do you think? Excited?
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