Iphigene was supposed to post today for IMM but I requested to publish mine first since I could not contain my excitement in sharing the books I bought/were given to me from my recent travels.
Books from New Orleans
I was pleasantly surprised to see how vibrant the children’s literature scene is in New Orleans. While I did not have the chance to visit the local bookshop in the French Quarters area, I did see quite a number of picture books in the touristy shops. These are among the ones that spoke to me: Gumbo Goes Downtown written by Carol Talley and Illustrated by Itoko Maeno and Cajun Night Before Christmas illustrated by James Rice which I hope to feature this coming month.
This is an academic book that I ordered online. Since it was more expensive to have it shipped directly to Singapore, I had it shipped to a good friend who lives in Montreal whom I met while in New Orleans. I’m excited to read this: Musicians In Tune – Seventy-five Contemporary Musicians discuss the creative process by Jenny Boyd with Holly George-Warren.
Books upon arrival in Singapore
I was also very happy to finally receive the book prizes from Danielle Smith of There’s a Book: A Little Bit of Love by Cynthia Platt and illustrated by Hannah Whitty, Panda-monium! by Cynthia Platt and illustrated by Veronica Vasylenko, Hugless Douglas by David Melling and The Ice Cream King by Steve Metzger and Illustrated by Julie Downing. Can’t wait to read these lovely picture books!
Thank you so much Danielle for going out of your way to make certain that the books reached me. I recalled participating in the Dewey’s Readathon last April and not ever receiving my supposed book prize of Tony Diterlizzi’s The Search for Wondla. But yeah, c’est lavie.
Books from Mumbai, India
A day after I arrived from New Orleans, I had to fly to Mumbai, India. It was truly a privilege to be invited as one of the speakers for the International Seminar and Exhibition “Creating Content(ment) for Children.” Naturally, I had to buy as many books as my budget would allow while I was on campus for the seminar. Here are my finds:
Monster Slick and the Magic Umbrella by Sanket Pethkar is one of the gifts given to the speakers by the conference organizers and I am truly intrigued by the cover. I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Arthur Flowers and illustrated by Manu Chitrakar, is a book that I bought for myself. I have been meaning to purchase Sita’s Ramayana by Samhita Arni and illustrated by Moyna Chitrakar – however, they ran out of copies. Woe is me.
The Parable of the Raintree by Jogesh Motwani and Raja Mohanty is another gift from the organizers. The other three books, though, I bought for myself: The Why-Why Girl by Mahasweta Devi and illustrated by Kanyika Kini. I have been enamored by Nina Sabnani during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content here in Singapore (click here to be taken to my post of Nina’s session) and so I just had to buy Stitching Stories co-authored with the artists of Kala Raksha. I was also taken by My Name is Amrita: Born to be an Artist by Anjali Raghbeer. It was glorious flipping through the pages and finding beauty within.
I was delighted when I saw this lovely picture book We are all Born Free by The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures in association with Amnesty International. Illustrated by topnotch artists such as Peter Sis, Satoshi Kitamura, Alan Lee, Polly Dunbar, Jackie Morris, Debi Gliori, Chris Riddell, Axel Scheffler – among others, I just couldn’t resist getting this! Perfect for Nonfiction Monday as well.
A Wondrous Present from Suzy Lee
Suzy Lee was also one of the presentors in the International Seminar in India, and it was indeed glorious to catch up with her and see her there. We did a four-part feature of Suzy Lee here in GatheringBooks for our March/April Wordless Picture Book theme which you might want to check out here. I’ve always wanted to get a copy of her Alice in Wonderland which is difficult to get hold of, and it brings me such joy to share that she gave this lovely book to me as a present.
Garage Sale in our Neighborhood
We hold a semi-regular garage sale here in the Staff Quarters of NTU (Nanyang Technological University), my institution. I make it a point to come and check out the book titles that other expatriates, professors, scholars are disposing of, and there are occasions when you find treasures buried within the trash, as I did yesterday. All these books were bought for 1 sgd.
These are my daughters’ picks, obviously. 🙂 There’s Adam Blade’s Beast Quest, The Golden Armour – Arachnid, the King of Spiders. That’s a long-ass title. She also got Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman, the fifth epic novel by Dav Pilkey. Thankfully, she also picked out Gary Paulsen’s Mudshark.
She was ecstatic to find a Goosebumps title – looks like a special edition with this mighty-neat packaging: Goosebumps, Horror Land, Write your Fright by R. L. Stine – kind of like a do-it-yourself horror storybook – the stories have no endings, thus, the reader needs to “write your own conclusion, what would your next move be?” – looks really nice.
Now, this one is my treasure: Cautionary Tales for children by Hilaire Belloc, rediscovered and illustrated by Edward Gorey. I got this for 1 SGD. How positively lucky can I get???? An Edward Gorey for 1sgd?! Unbelievable.
How about you? What’s your IMM for the week?