Archive for July, 2008

the Noir welcomes Breaking Dawn at Midnight

We’re thrilled to announce the upcoming performance of one of our favorite independent musicians. Spencer Smith of the Noir will be gracing us with his presence and talent at the Breaking Dawn release party this Friday night. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to hear the music before the album release. Visit the band’s website here, or just come hear him play.


July 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

Breaking Dawn at La Muse East Village Cafe

Once upon a Story invites you to join us for a dazzling evening at La Muse Cafe

Optional romantic dinner service is at 8:00pm

The party starts at 10:00 until midnight Friday August 1

The menu

Appetizer – Bruschetta – Bruschetta with Italian tomato salsa on ciabatta bread

Salad – CranApple Salad – Apples, dried cranberries and mixed greens tossed in vinaigrette.

Choice of Main Course

·         Baked Ziti– Ziti Pasta tossed with fresh ricotta and parmesan cheese and topped with melted mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce

·         Chicken Tagliatelle with Pistachio Pesto – Tagliatelli pasta in our own creamy basil and pistachio Pesto topped with chicken, pine nuts and fresh tomatoes.

Choice of Sweet Crepes

·         Erato the Lovely, the Muse of Love Poetry. You’ll fall in love with our Nutella, banana and strawberry crepe topped with whipped cream.

·         Urania, the Muse of Astrology. Climb a stairway to the stars with this lemon curd crepe sprinkled with powered sugar and topped with whipped cream


$35.00 per person plus tax and gratuity

Alcohol not included

Dinner service begins at 8:00 pm

Make your reservations at Once Upon a Story

Call (562) 433-6856  or


July 24, 2008 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Breaking Dawn is almost here!!!!

Bite Her Already! at Once Upon a Story.

August 1st


 Breaking Dawn release party at La Muse Cafe. It will be the most dazzling evening of the year – costumes, music, food, and more! Be sure to reserve your copy ahead, and visit our website for more vampirical book selections.

July 19, 2008 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

Dogs in the Window

Local Artist Exhibition

Once Upon a Story is hosting local artist J. Howell “Dogs in the Window.”  From July 11- 27.

J. Howell is a school counselor by profession. He utilizes art as one tool to connect and motivate students socially, emotionally and academically.

In Creating “Dogs in the Window” series he uses mixed media to capture the moments when we look upon our pets with the fondest of memories and tenderness of thought. His work captures the essence of the breed through slight characterization, attention to line, shade and lavish color.

J. Howell’s works include fine art, murals and caricatures. He looks forward to capturing the essence of your four legged family member

$5 from each sale will be donated to Hearts for Hounds www.HeartsForHounds .com

July 18, 2008 at 7:46 am Leave a comment


Spud, by John Howard van de Ruit, hardcover, 352 pages

For those with testosterone and a great sense of humor, Spud, by South African author John Howard van de Ruit is a great choice.

South Africa in 1990 might be foreign to American teens who have never heard of apartheid, but 13-year-old John Milton and the rowdy boys at boarding school make for an unforgettable cast of characters. Read the book, and discover the crude origins of John’s nickname, Spud.

Spud’s honest and often politically incorrect thoughts are refreshing and laugh-out-loud funny. And his silly — but occasionally insightful — diary entries are like catching up with an old friend who has gone off to college and come back with outrageous stories that you can’t quite believe.

July 13, 2008 at 10:22 pm Leave a comment

Book Review: A Miraculous Journey

review by Molly Lewis

Have you ever asked yourself the question, ‘If I were stranded on a deserted island with only one book, what would it be?’ This is a question I ask myself regularly. Not that I get stranded on many deserted islands, but it is important, I think, to recognize the things you find essential. After all, you just never know. Several months ago, there were about four books on my list, ranging from Dostoevsky to Cynthia Voigt. After I read Kate DiCamillo’s young adult book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, that number went to five.


The title says more than I ever could: this book takes you on a miraculous journey. As with many of DiCamillo’s fictional heroes, Edward Tulane is about as unlikely as they come. Not for any lack of uniqueness, mind you. On the contrary, Edward is utterly one-of-a-kind. An exquisitely crafted china rabbit, with ears and tail of real rabbit fur, no one is more aware of Edward’s beauty than Edward himself. And that, my dear readers, is what makes him so unlikely: he is so conceited, that he is completely unlikeable. Nothing, in fact, can save this china rabbit from his insufferable snobbery. Nothing, that is, but the powerful, patient, transformative effort of Love.

DiCamillo draws her characters with insightful creativity. You will delight in following Edward’s haphazard journey as he is cast from the hands of a child to the waves of the sea, from the home of a hearty fisherman to the rambling roads of a friendly tramp. But be sure to bring a box of tissue. The conclusion is too beautiful to summarize (and I never give away an ending). Let us just say, I finished this book at a cafe table, sitting across from a good friend. As I read the last chapter aloud, I could not help but glance up. There were tears in her eyes and a look of complete satisfaction on her face. Had she not been watching the sun setting behind the desert hills, she would have seen the same tears in my own eyes. Read this book. And be sure, next time you find yourself awash on a deserted shore, to have a sturdy copy of the Miraculous Journey tucked under your arm. You won’t be disappointed.

Click here to purchase your own copy of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo.

July 13, 2008 at 12:11 am 1 comment

Amy Hodgepodge

Kim Wayans and Kevin Knotts were at Once Upon a Story

with their new chapter series Amy Hodgepodge. For 1st through 4th graders

Kevin and Kim read from the first book and them signed copies for everyone

July 11, 2008 at 8:55 am Leave a comment

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