Posts tagged “Andri Snær Magnason”
October 8, 2013
Triangle Square book The Story of the Blue Planet has been nominated for a UK Literacy Association Book Award!
Nominated for the 7-11 year old category, The Story of the Blue Planet is a tale about how a simple planet of children is changed when an adult comes offering big promises in exchange for the children’s youth. A fantastical adventure, beautifully told, unfolds in this deceptively simple tale.
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September 11, 2013
GirlieGirl Army picks The Story of the Blue Planet for their “KIDS: Put these on your holiday list now!” recommendations.
“In the tradition of Roald Dahl and Maurice Sendak, Magnason’s story celebrates the ferity and fearlessness of childhood as an idealized state. . . . a Suessian mix of wonder, wit, and gravitas.”—Amanda Little, New York Times Book Review
The Story of the Blue Planet, by Andri Snaer Magnason, illustrated by Áslaug Jónsdóttir and translated by Julian Meldon D’Arcy is ‘worth your while,’ as GirlieGirl Army puts it because of its inspirational journey and beautiful told story.
Brimir and Hulda are best friends who live on a small island on a beautiful blue planet where there are only children and no adults. Their planet is wild and at times dangerous, but everything is free, everyone is their friend, and each day is more exciting than the last.
One day a rocket ship piloted by a strange-looking adult named Gleesome Goodday crashes on the beach.
April 30, 2013
Rita Lorraine Hubbard of The New York Journal of Books reviewed Andri Snaer Magnason’s The Story of the Blue Planet earlier this week. Ms. Hubbard says great things about the book, including the following:
This poignant book with its exotic illustrations can be used across several educational landscapes. It might do well as supplemental or advanced independent reading, or it might even be used to open dialogue in social studies, citizenship, human rights, or ethics classes.
The entire review can be found on The New York Journal of Books website.
April 22, 2013
Celebrate Earth Day with two recently released books focused on preserving and protecting our environment: The Story of the Blue Planet and Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point
We’re celebrating Earth Day with two recently released books which advocate for the preservation of the environment: the children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet by Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnason and a collection of essays about the dangers facing the people, the animals, and the land of the Arctic, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, edited by photographer, writer and activist Subhankar Banerjee.
The children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet (November 27, 2012 with the paperback coming out November 26, 2013) by Andri Snaer Magnason, has just won a Green Earth Book Award honorable mention during the Salisbury University Read Green Literature Festival on April 5, 2013. The literature award, sponsored by the environmental nonprofit The Nature Generation, is given to authors and illustrators whose books best inspire young readers to appreciate and care for the environment.
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March 28, 2013
Andri Snaer Magnason, author of The Story of the Blue Planet and the Philip K. Dick Award nominated book LoveStar, will be at Elliott Bay BookCompany in Seattle on Thursday, March 28th at 8:00pm to read, discuss, and sign LoveStar.
LoveStar, the enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to transmitting data via birdwaves, thus freeing mankind from wires and devices, and allowing consumerism, technology, and science to run rampant over all aspects of daily life. Cordless modern men and women are paid to howl advertisements at unsuspecting passers-by, REGRET machines eliminate doubt over roads not taken, soul mates are identified and brought together (while existing, unscientifically validated relationships are driven remorselessly asunder), and rocketing the dead into the sky becomes both a status symbol and a beautiful, cathartic show for those left behind.
Join Andri as he reads from his Philip K.
March 22, 2013
Those who enjoyed Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm (Dutton, 2010) may find Magnason’s cautionary ecological tale a perfect compliment. Like Gidwitz, Magnason does not shy away from graphic descriptions of danger and death. That being said, as in all good fables, he begins with once upon a time and readers learn of an innocuous-looking blue planet floating in space. It is inhabited solely by children, who live an idyllic, although somewhat savage life (they hunt for food, even clubbing seals). They are happy and this is most fully realized once a year when the butterflies of the Blue Mountains follow the sun across the sky, a beautiful and breathtaking sight. But as in all good tales and life itself, things are never static. Enter the villain, Mr. Goodday, who lands on the planet and is discovered by the protagonists, Brimir and Hulda.
March 14, 2013
The New York Times Sunday Book Review features a thoughtful review, by Amanda Little, of Andri
Magnason’s chapter book for kids, The Story of the Blue Planet, out now.
“In the tradition of Roald Dahl and Maurice Sendak, Magnason’s story celebrates the ferity and fearlessness of childhood as an idealized state. . . . a Suessian mix of wonder, wit, and gravitas.”
Click here to read the entire review.
February 28, 2013
Birdwaves, Time Traveling and Dream Harvesting: Contemporary Sci-Fi and Geek Culture featuring Andri Snaer Magnason
February 27, 2013
Andri Snaer Magnason, author of LoveStar and Philip K. Dick Award nominee, will be at Housing Works Wednesday, February 27th at 7pm to celebrate science fiction writing. Alongside Sean Ferrel (The Man in the Empty Suit, Soho Press February 2013) and Stephen H. Segal (Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, Quirk Books 2011), Magnason will be discussing LoveStar and science-fiction writing. All the authors will be available for book signings.
In LoveStar, nominated for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award, he enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to transmitting data via birdwaves, thus freeing mankind from wires and devices, and allowing consumerism, technology, and science to run rampant over all aspects of daily life. Cordless modern men and women are paid to howl advertisements at unsuspecting passers-by, REGRET machines eliminate doubt over roads not taken, soul mates are identified and brought together (while existing, unscientifically validated relationships are driven remorselessly asunder), and rocketing the dead into the sky becomes both a status symbol and a beautiful, cathartic show for those left behind.
November 21, 2012
“It’s a smartly structured novel, written with feeling and fire. It’s a seriously funny book, but also a serious one, translated with raucous grace.”
Icelandic author Andri Magnason brings his absurd and hilarious storytelling to English readers for the first time with LoveStar, half satire of our blind acceptance of corporate control and half love story. In this world “howlers” pay back debts by impulsively shouting ads to passersby and the dead are no longer buried, but shot through the atmosphere like shooting stars.
Read the entire review in The Village Voice.