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A trio of goodies I couldn’t let you miss out on

Posted on | September 14, 2012 | 4 Comments

(1) All this past week, and next week, BBC Radio 4 Extra is serialising Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls. It’s wonderfully read by David Hayman. Anyone can listen, worldwide, but episodes are not available for long online so don’t hang around. In each case the reading of A Monster Calls starts about 45 minutes into the host programm (The 4 O’Clock Show)
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5, today’s episode, isn’t yet available on line.

A Monster Calls continues all of next week, every day at about 16.45 on Radio 4 Extra (digital or online).

(2) The House of Illustration has created a gorgeous looking set of resources for teachers of science at KS2 (7-11 year olds, here in the UK, though I’m sure these will be useful anywhere science is taught). Science + Illustration? I love it! You can find out more by watching the video below, or by clicking on http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/teachers-resources/.

(3) Finally, we’re huge comic fans here and I found out this week about a comic which needs your help.

“LOAf Magazine is a new publication for 9-12 year olds, jampacked with comics, stories, puzzles and more. LOAf is dedicated to creating a place where the imaginings of brilliant emerging and established illustrators, writers and narrative artists are collected for children to read and enjoy. More than that: it’s our aim to make it a magazine where children ARE some of those talented contributors. A perfect circle!”

It sounds terrific, but it needs financial help to get off the ground and so it’s working on crowd-funding the first issue. If you’d like to support LOAF you can find out more, and pledge your support here: http://www.peoplefund.it/loaf-magazine/

It’s current list of contributors includes Joff Winterhart, Rose Robbins, Mel Castrillon, Alexis Deacon, Liv Bargman, Daisy Hirst, Mike Smith and Trudi Esberger amongst others, and I for one would love to see it get off the ground.

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4 Responses to “A trio of goodies I couldn’t let you miss out on”

  1. Stacey
    September 15th, 2012 @ 1:53 am

    Oh my goodness- A Monster Calls on the radio. Get out your tissues!
    Stacey recently posted..Back to School Night

  2. Zoe
    September 15th, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    Oh I know Stacey. And Hayman’s voice really sends tingles down my spine – you should be able to listen to him yourself if you follow the links to the online versions.
    Zoe recently posted..A trio of goodies I couldn’t let you miss out on

  3. choxbox
    September 16th, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    The book was recently reviewed on SaffronTree. Will stick the link to this post there – if thats okay with you Zoe.

    And last weekend there was a book fair but only comics and graphic novels. What a riot it was!

    Check this – http://graphicly.com/campfire-graphic-novels/steve-jobs-genius-by-design/preview

    And this – http://www.amazon.com/Leonardo-DaVinci-Renaissance-Campfire-Graphic/dp/9380741200

    And they were selling it for around 2 GBP, though the printed price is 8 GBP. Needless to say we had a ball!

  4. Zoe
    September 17th, 2012 @ 6:57 am

    hi Choxbox,

    Always happy to make links with Saffron Tree – must go and check out the review there.

    I love the look of the Campfire Graphic book (and indeed all the others published by campfire graphics) – thanks for the links.

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