Eep!

Mar 08

Eep!

      Eep! by Joke van Leeuwen is really one of the best children’s books I’ve read in a long time. It started out with 3 words that just grabbed me, Warren likes birds. He is married to Tina. They seem to live a rather ordinary life, filled with repetition, doing the same old-same old, like most of us. We get into our habits, our comfortable routines. They have as well. Until one day Warren sees a new kind of baby bird, a part human bird. He brings her home and it is love at first site—they decide to keep her. She becomes their daughter in many senses and they just love her to pieces. They name her Birdy but since that isn’t easy for her to pronounce, they change it to Beedy, as she cheeps out things like a bird, rather than speaking fully. Beedy is more bird-like than she is like a human and Warren and Tina struggle to protect her and keep her safe. Tina struggles a little more than Warren and tries to force Beedy into shoes that don’t fit comfortably, both literally and figuratively. So, off Beedy flies… to explore the world, just like a bird. Along the way she meets Lottie, a lonely little girl and a well-meaning fireman–emergency responder. Warren and Tina are very sad when she leaves so they set off to find her, breaking all their normal routines, all their comfort zones. Off they go to find their little Beedy. True to her nature, Beedy flies away from everyone but she also returns, a different kind of migration. All of them end up in Getovertel — get-over-tel— a hotel of sorts where people go to get over things, to get through their issues. And then… You can read the book to find out the rest but it will be worth it. This was really an unexpected treasure of a book for me. I love love love birds and this story just resonated with me. It is written with silliness included, quirky little sketches and digressions—a book after my own heart. Birds, quirkiness and digressions. What more could you want from a children’s book? Here are some random screenshots from...

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Make your own e-reader sleeve

Oct 26

There are so very many e-reader covers and sleeves to choose from. There are hard bound leather ones with beautiful quotes. There are handmade knitted ones. There are paper crafted homemade ones. And just when you thought your available options couldn’t possibly grow… I found a sewing pattern by Birdiful Stitches on Etsy…so we can make our very own e-reader sleeve!!! How lovely is that? And while I have not sewn anything in many years, I am going to be brave and try it! Wish me luck! When I finish it I will post some pictures and maybe even make a give-away sleeve for my readers! Until then, you can get this easy-to-make e-reader cover pattern for yourself here. If you do make one, please share the photos with me! I’d love to see what you come up with! Oooooh! This could be a great holiday gift! =) Personalized e-reader covers!...

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The Book Cover Archive

Jul 14

I ran across a very cool page yesterday, The Book Cover Archive,  “for the appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design”… And it has its very own matching blog… Great site to see book covers, to learn more about them and the process that goes into making them etc. Because…regardless of content…books can and will often be judged by their...

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