Posts filed under ‘Kids 7-12’

Author Suzanne Selfors & Illustator Catia Chien

Sunday March 29th at 3:00pm


To celebrate the release of their book, Fortune’s Magic Farm, author Suzanne Selfors and illustrator Catia Chien are sponsoring a contest.

WRITERS: In Fortune’s Magic Farm, Isabelle meets people who have secret magical powers. In one page or less, describe the moment when your character discovers that he/she has a magical power.

Winner will receive a basket of books and a $30 gift certificate to Once Upon a Story.

ARTISTS: In Fortune’s Magic Farm, Isabelle encounters magical plants with powers to cure sickness and to make people fly. Draw or paint a picture of your own magical plant.

Winner will receive a basket of art supplies and a $30 gift certificate to Once Upon a Story.

Deadline to enter is March 25th. Drop entries at Once Upon a Story.

Winners announced on Sunday, March 29th, 3pm
Once Upon a Story
3740 E 4th street, Long Beach, CA
562 673-5777
Come and meet Suzanne and Catia!


March 11, 2009 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling

December 4, 2008 – Pre-order now

 The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

 This purchase also represents another very important form of giving: All net proceeds from the sale of the books – expected to be in the region of $8 million – will be donated to CHLG.

 The charity works to make life better for vulnerable children across Europe, where over a million children and teenagers are growing up in unacceptable conditions in large residential institutions.  In most cases they are without adequate human or emotional contact and stimulation, while many only just survive without life’s basics such as adequate shelter and food. 

 J K Rowling says: “There was understandable disappointment among Harry Potter fans when only one copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard was offered to the public last December.  I am therefore delighted to announce that, thanks to the generous support of Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Amazon (who bought the handwritten copy at auction) – and with the blessing of the wonderful people who own the other six original books  – The Tales of Beedle the Bard will now be widely available to all Harry Potter fans.  Royalties will be donated to the Children’s High Level Group, to benefit institutionalised children in desperate need of a voice. The new edition will include the Tales themselves, translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, and with illustrations by me, but also notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore, which appear by generous permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters’ Archive.”

August 5, 2008 at 9:34 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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