Kevin Sylvester on Technology

Kevin Sylvester, author of Super-Duper Monster Viewer, thanks technology — and gives us a glimpse as to where some of the illustrations in Super-Duper Monster Viewer might have been inspired from.


Super Duper Monster Viewer by Kevin Sylvester

Imagine that you are holding a device that will allow you to see the monsters that live invisibly all around us. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions and…total chaos!

Technology isn’t always easy, and this monster viewer disguised as a book is no exception. If you hold the viewer too high, all you see are the tops of the monsters’ heads. Too low, and all you see are their feet. And things don’t get any better when the monsters themselves try to help out.

Full of puns and visual jokes, Super Duper Monster Viewer pokes gentle fun at our obsession with technology and the next cool thing. And while the two monsters we meet in this book might be terrible at tech support, they make pretty fun companions just the same.

Written and illustrated by the irrepressibly funny and highly acclaimed children’s author Kevin Sylvester, Super-Duper Monster Viewer is sure to bring laughter — and maybe a little mayhem — into your day.

Swim along with Gary Clement

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Drawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic song “Swimming, Swimming,” full of fun and humor.

The illustrations show a young boy and his friends spending a carefree day at the neighborhood pool. We see them walk to the pool together, change into their trunks and then spend hours swimming, cavorting, splashing and diving. The pool is full of moms, dads, other kids and babies, all enjoying a chance to cool off on a hot summer day. The boy returns home, tired but happy, and falls asleep holding onto his goggles in anticipation of another delightful day at the pool.

Watch this video to learn the melody and hand gestures for the song!

 


 

Stella is coming to a stage near you!

Stella and Sam fans will be very happy to hear that The Mermaid Theatre Comany (motto: Have Puppets Will Travel!) is preparing Marie-Louise Gay’s Stella, Queen of the Snow for the stage. The show will premier at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Halifax on June 21, 2014, and then will tour the US and Canada in the fall.

Rehearsals are now underway, but Mermaid Theatre has prepared a little behind-the-scenes video that shows the making of the gorgeous stage and puppets for the production. Check it out!


 

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Stella, Queen of the Snow
Written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

In this book in the Stella and Sam series, Sam is experiencing his first snowstorm. Older and bolder, Stella knows all the answers, and she delights in showing Sam the many pleasures of a beautiful winter’s day.

 

Visit marielouisegay.com

Read Mermaid Theatre’s blog post about the show

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