Odds and Ends

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It was a beautiful weekend here – and I had time to spend reading a few books on my nightstand. More on that later, but tonight….a few odds and ends that I’ve collected:

1. You’ve probably seen the posters for Mr. Popper’s Penguins starring Jim Carrey. It opens June 17. I love the book, but have been burned in the past when I get my hopes up about movie adaptations of novels. 

2. R.L. Stine, author of the fabulously successful Goosebumps series, has a book being published on July 5. It’s the First Day of School….Forever! It sounds like a book form of the movie, Groundhog Day!

3. The Poetry Foundation has named J. Patrick Lewis the new Poet Laureate. Lewis has written more than 50 books of poetry, but my personal favorite is A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme. Beautifully illustrated by Alison Jay, A World of Wonders encourages readers to “travel by poem,” and by the time they read the poems about exotic places around the world, they’ll be ready to get a passport.

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