Monday, June 14, 2010

Audio Snippets III

Voices.  Voices.  Our little house, packed with seven people, is always full of voices.  Week to week on Bookie Woogie the kids and I share a few words about our favorite books.  But every now and again, I interrupt our regular programming to share the voices behind those words.

Below are a few choice clips from our digital recordings.  In case you'd like to see the full context of these excerpts, I've also included links to the original book reviews from whence they came.  (And if anyone has trouble with the audio in the post, this alternate version may work better for you)

This is our third batch of Audio Snippets we've shared so far.  After pulling the post together, I noticed the clips are overall very Gracie-heavy this time 'round.  But that's okay... our days tend to be extra full of Gracie as well.  Hope you enjoy these moments!


We'll kick things off with Lily.  When I asked Lily about her thoughts on "The Lion and the Mouse," she burst out with this musical review:


Henry and Holly Hocky tease each other throughout their book.  Does any teasing ever go on in our house?


One time, we found ourselves talking about the very, very scary photos of Shel Silverstein found on the backs of his books.  So how about the mugshots of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paul Schmid, creators of "The Wonder Book"?


In the book "Ignis" a little girl named Cara befriends a traveling dragon.  I asked the kids what they would do if they stumbled upon a dragon...


In my opinion, PJ Lynch is currently the greatest living illustrator.  I have loads of admiration for him and his work.  But can a 9-year old grasp the gravity of a marvel like PJ Lynch?


Isaac figured out a way to keep Gracie's lips zipped -- just sit down with "The Quiet Book."


In addition to reviewing books, we recently started interviewing authors and illustrators as well!  From experience, I know kid questions can be unnerving... there are always a few questions you could never predict.  But the folks we've talked to have handled themselves top notch.  Author Sara Henderson writes about a cute little dog named Howie, and it turns out Howie is a real dog -- her real dog!  He was wandering around around behind her as we talked over the phone.


Still talking about Howie...


What an amazing treat to interview family favorite author/illustrator Adam Rex!  And of course Gracie jumped in with the single most pressing question:


If it wasn't for the fact that I was there, I would like to imagine Adam Rex taped to a chair in the middle of a darkened room while Gracie slowly circles around him...


(Listen for the high squeal Lily gives toward the start of this next clip)


We had such a fun time visiting with author/illustrator Laurie Keller!  We got to see her workspace, her methods, her materials...  Here, she and Gracie start talking "paint"...


I love how the minds of children's book authors work!  Listen to Laurie Keller's response when Lily points out a spider on her chair...


I'm sad there's no visual for this next one.  You may not see the flapping arms, but at least you can hear Tony DiTerlizzi attempt to scream like a little girl...


While talking with Mr. DiTerlizzi, Gracie had a question for Mrs. DiTerlizzi who was close at hand.


I had not read the "Just Grace" series with Gracie, so I wanted to hear about a time when the main character displayed her "empathy powers" in the books.


Lily tells me about the kind of adventures the girls have in the "Cobble Street Cousin" books.


How about the "Cobble Street Cousin" illustrations?


What the cabbage?


Gracie claims she wouldn't toot her own horn.  But Dad thinks he heard something...


"Mathilda" is a sheep with a wonderful imagination, but she lives amongst a flock of poofy old boring sheep.  I was asking the kids if they knew anyone like Mathilda, when Gracie changed the subject...


Thanks to everyone who visits Bookie Woogie week after week! We hope you have as much fun as we do :)

6 comments:

Mary Ann Dames - Reading, Writing, and Recipes said...

Wow. I am impressed with how you are creating knowledgeable readers in your kids. I'm impressed, too, that hubby is involved. Just great.

Maya said...

OMG - so adorable!

I try but I wish I could give my kids such a rich experience and actually record it the way you are too!!

GardenofDaisies said...

Your kids are adorable and oh so smart!!! And that Adam Rex is a hoot. Had to move the giraffes. :-)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is such a great way to say reading memories. I will have to remember to do this with my son.

Viki said...

These are great. I bet these will be wonderful memories for your kids when they are older.

Nora Johnson said...

Such a rich experience for your kids & great post.

Happy Alphabe-Thursday to you!

LOLA:)