Saturday, January 28, 2006

Alien Invasion?

Polzeath Sunset
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Went for a freezing walk on Baby Bay this afternoon, as we were leaving, it appeared that an alien invasion was beaming down over the headland....

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

(darker dragging and background marbling....) another Myron Review!






December 16, 2005

Newman, Marlene M Barefoot, 2005 [40p] Myron's Magic Cow; illus. by Jago.

ISBN 1841484962 $16.99

Reviewed from galleys R 6-10yrs

During an ordinary (and reluctant) trip to the store for milk, Myron meets a pushy blonde who trades him a cow for money, then takes off in a bright pink car with three bears. Astonished city‑kid Myron (who has never seen let alone owned a real cow) is even more surprised when the cow begins to speak and grant wishes, Audiences will quickly recognize that there is some fairy‑tale spoofery going on; while this type of satire is familiar, Myron's tale highlights the absurd, bringing familiar characters (Jack, Goldilocks, the bears) to a city setting and confronting hapless but unfazeable Myron with bizarre circumstances, while never losing sight of the child‑centered concern that his mom is waiting for milk,… Myron's final wish that "someone else would have to go to the store once in a while" is pure kid‑think, and the story has just the right level of tongue-in‑cheek humor. Jago's striking illustrations offer a bold color palette (muted and textured by darker dragging and background marbling) and naively drawn figures and objects; the sparse layouts and skewed scale (the vast backgrounds and the large, boxy cow loom over tiny Myron) add to the surreal feel of the story. Imaginative kids who use make‑believe to counteract the drudgery of day‑to‑day life will especially enjoy seeing Myron's unusual encounter and eventual mini‑triumph. MH

NEWMAN, Marlene. Myron's Magic Cow‑ illus. by Jago. unpaged.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Myron Reviewed in Books For Keeps

Myron Reviewed in Books For Keeps
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

...and here's another review, sent to me by the nice people at Barefoot Books.

Foreword Magazine - Myron review

Foreword Magazine - Myron review
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Here's a rather nice review passed on from the author.

Myron’s Magic Cow
by: Marlene Newman with Jago, illustrator

Issue Year:
Category: Children's Picturebook
Publisher: Barefoot Books

Color illustrations

40 pages

Hardcover $16.99

ISBN: 1841484962

A yellow-haired girl, whose traveling companions are three bears, is bad news. A surprise is in store for anyone who takes her up on her offer of a great deal on a cow. In addition to the humorous tone of the story, this can be a lesson to children to be careful about talking to strangers.

Myron feels like he is the only one Mama ever asks to go to the store when she runs out of something. Little does he know, but when she needs milk for pancakes one morning, Myron will bring home more than he went to the store to get. After some crafty trading on the part of the golden-haired con artist, Myron ends up amazed by an offer of his choice of milk. (“What’ll you have—regular, skim, or one percent?” Well spoken for a cow.)

The author spent nineteen years teaching elementary school reading, writing, and library skills in New York, and enjoying every type of book that libraries had to offer. While Myron’s Magic Cow is her first children’s book, she treasured the times she read with her children, grandchildren, and many students over the years. This story about a magical cow who grants a little boy’s wishes was originally written as a play for students. The real magic that Newman shares is her love of words.

The illustrator’s art has graced many children’s books with fairy tale-like themes. While most of his work is at least partially digitalized, he adds a personal feel by harmonizing paint, photography, and pencil for his unique style. His artwork evokes a giddy reaction with mysterious undertones. Jago may be best known for his children’s artwork in Brave Tales, Ltd. books like Tom and the Giant, Madgy Figgy’s Pig, and Lutey and the Mermaid.

Throughout Myron’s Magic Cow, smart-aleck repartee from skewed fairytale characters erupts. (“‘Listen,’ the girl continued, ‘there are already three bears in my car and the cow just won’t fit. You need milk and I need money—so let’s cut a deal.’”) As one storybook figure after another shows up, Myron is in the dark about most of their identities. He just wants to get to the store and back so his mom can make the pancakes. Excitement is just around the corner when his newfound friend, the magic cow, offers him three wishes.

In the tradition of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Myron’s Magic Cow will make reading fun, and some kids may offer to run errands for their mothers. (December)

Review by: Katie Klein

Rooftop Garden

Rooftop Garden
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Just because it looked nice...

Just because it looked nice...
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

...and cheerful and summery...when in actual fact it's bloomin' freezing here...brrrr, roll on summer.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Sunday, January 01, 2006