Posts tagged “Story of the Blue Planet”
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.
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 11, 2013
November 9, 2012
The New York Times Sunday Book Review features a thoughtful review of Andri Magnason’s chapter book for kids, The Story of the Blue Planet, being released November 20th.
“Magnason’s writing is lean, swift and often lyrical. . . immensely satisfying — a major contribution to the sparsely populated eco-lit genre, and one that could entice other authors to contribute.”
Read the entire review here.
October 6, 2012
Akvavit Theatre presents Nordic Spirit 2012, a festival of staged readings, introducing five new Nordic plays from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. Chicago theatre audiences will be awed and inspired by our own Icelandic author, Andri Snaer Magnason, in the translation of his work The Story of the Blue Planet.
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. One day a rocket ship piloted by a strange-looking adult named Gleesome Goodday crashes on the beach. His business card claims he is a Dream.ComeTrueMaker and joybringer,” and he promises to make life a hundred times more fun with sun-activated flying powder and magic-coated skin so that no one ever has to bathe again. But as Brimir and Hulda soon find out, their new found fun comes with a heavy price. Will they be able to convince the other children of the truth behind Goodday’s magic before it’s too late?
July 26, 2012
“I have a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old,” says [publisher] Simon. “I really believe in this generation. As a publisher and editor I love the [raised in the] Depression-era authors we worked with – Kurt Vonnegut, Howard Zinn, and Art Buchwald. They weren’t spoiled by excess optimism. The next generation coming up is skeptical in that same way. I’m excited to be publishing for them. Their approach is, we have all but blown it. Technology doesn’t solve anything.”
The first list includes two works of nonfiction: a multicultural history, A Different Mirror for Young People (Aug. 28) by Ronald Takaki (adapted by Rebecca Stefoff, who also adapted Zinn’s history), and a memoir by mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin, Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight (Oct. 23). In fiction, there’s a novella by James Lecesne, Trevor (Aug. 28); the book updates his 1994 Academy Award-winning short film of the same name, about a 13-year-old who feels scared and alone because of his sexuality.
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