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DAD’S Day Book Giveaway

"It's the Best Day Ever, Dad!" by Brooke ShieldsFather’s Day is just around the corner, so we’re offering up a Dad-pleasing book this week. Brooke Shields’ “It’s the Best Day Ever, Dad!” picture book offers a sweet glimpse of a doting daddy and his daughters having tea parties, watching basketball and making Super Duper Spaghetti Surprise. Adorable. And this book can be yours. All you have to do is click “comments” and tell us, how do you celebrate Father’s Day? We’ll draw a winner’s name next week.

Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2009
Under: Books, Contest | 24 Comments »

TWILIGHT: New Moon Trailer

MTV Movie Awards (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) OK, so I watched the MTV Movie Awards last night, laughed over the antics of Andy Samberg (especially the song medley), roared over Bruno’s entrance, and listened to my lovely teenage daughter shriek every time Twilight anything occurred, including the award for Best Kiss (pictured) and the sneak peek at the first “New Moon” trailer (we’ve got it posted after the jump!). But she took issue with the concluding scene – says that’s not how it looked in her head. OK, “Twilight” experts. Take a peek, then hit comments and tell us, is that how it looked in your head?
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Posted on Monday, June 1st, 2009
Under: Movies, Twilight Saga | 47 Comments »

TOP Zillion Best Books: Grades 2-4

Shredderman by Wendelin Van Draanen This morning’s A&E section featured a Top 10 list of great summer reads, compiled by 24 Bay Area book clubs of all ages, from kids to adults. But we got so many awesome suggestions from the Storyteller’s book clubs for kids, we just had to share more. So far, we’ve posted book recommendations for teens, tweens and older elementary school kids. Today, we’ve got books for grade schoolers, ages 7-9. Take a look, then click “comments” and add your faves too!

GREAT BOOKS FOR GRADES 2-4
The “Shredderman” series by Wendelin Van Draanen features fifth-grader and uber nerd Nolan Byrd who decides to get his revenge on the school bully by creating a cyber superhero alter ego. Introducing: Shredderman.

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Posted on Sunday, May 31st, 2009
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TOP Zillion Best Books: Grades 4-6

Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull This weekend, our A&E section is running a Top 10 list of great summer reads, compiled by members of 24 Bay Area book clubs of all ages. But as we mentioned earlier, some of those clubs, including Storyteller’s dozen-plus groups for kids ages 7 to 18, gave us so many wonderful suggestions, we just had to share them all. So far we’ve given you nine awesome book suggestions for teens and another nine for tweens. Today, we’ve got books for grade schoolers, ages 9-11. Take a gander, then click “comments” and add your faves too!

GREAT BOOKS FOR GRADESCHOOLERS
The “Fablehaven” series by Brandon Mull. Critics call this tale of mystical creatures, a hidden refuge and sheer magic a “children’s fantasy explosion” and worthy successor to Harry Potter.

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Posted on Saturday, May 30th, 2009
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SLEEPYHEADS, Royal Pigs & a 2-Book Giveaway

Princess Pig Ohhhh, we are so late! Something about a long weekend just tangles up the rest of the week. But the good news is, we’re giving away a pair of picture books this time and they are… awesome. First up, “Princess Pig” by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Tim Bowers, tells the tale of an adorable pig who somehow winds up with a princess sash and decides, well, she must be royal.

We’re pairing it with “The Sleepy Little Alphabet,” a bedtime story involving a, b, and of course zzzzzz. That one’s written by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and it’s absolutely darling. Want ‘em? Click “comments” and share your family’s favorite bedtime story. We’ll draw a winner’s name on Monday, June 8! (Congrats, by the way, to Liz, who won last week’s “Life Sized Zoo” book!)

Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2009
Under: Books, Contest | 16 Comments »

THE Top Zillion Best Reads: Tween Time

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins As we mentioned yesterday, we asked 24 Bay Area book clubs, with members of all ages, to help us assemble a Top 10 list of great summer reads for our A&E section. But some of those clubs, including Storyteller’s dozen-plus groups for kids ages 7 to 18, gave us so many fantastic titles, we just had to share them all. Yesterday, we gave you nine suggestions for teens. Today, we’re moving on to the tween portion of the list. Take a peek, then click “comments” and add your faves too.

GREAT BOOKS FOR TWEENS:
Suzanne Collins “Hunger Games” was insanely popualr with the Lafayette bookstore’s mother-tween book groups – and a sequel, “Catching Fire,” is due out this fall. Story line?
Each year, 24 teenagers — two from each district in the apocalyptic ruins of North America — are forced to compete in the Hunger Games. Only one will make it home again. And every moment will be televised for the teeming, brutal crowds. Imagine a novel that’s equal parts “Running Man,” “Mad Max” and Theseus and the Minotaur.

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Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2009
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THE Top Zillion Best Reads: Teen Edition

If I Stay by Gayle Forman Ah, summer … sacked out with a stack of great books. The only question is, what? So we asked the most prolific readers we know, the members of 24 Bay Area book clubs, to help us assemble a Top 10 list of great summer reads for our Sunday A&E section. But you know, 10 is way too few. And some of these book clubs, including the Not Your Mother’s Book Club for teens and 20somethings, and Storyteller’s dozen-plus groups for kids ages 7 to 18, gave us so many awesome titles, we just had to share them all.

So without further ado, here’s their Top Zillion Favorite Books List for kids, teens and young adults. Browse the list – which we’re arranging by age group and parceling out over the next few days – then click “comments” and add your faves too.
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Posted on Thursday, May 28th, 2009
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TWILIGHT: New Moon Movie Poster Released

Twilight: New Moon poster (Summit Entertainment) All right, Twilight fans. A little artwork to brighten your day… Summit Entertainment released the new “New Moon” movie poster early this morning. (And we are indebted to the Twilighters.org folks down in Fremont for the heads up!) Enjoy!

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
Under: Movies, Twilight Saga | 21 Comments »

LIFE-Sized Zoo Giveaway

"Life-Size Zoo" by Teruyuki Komiya This awesome book landed in the office the other day and we can’t tear our eyes away. “Life-Sized Zoo” by Teruyuki Komiya gives you life-sized photographs of zoo creatures, from a little hedgehog to a giraffe’s head, which folds out to fill four glorious pages. Very, very cool. And it’s going to make some animal-loving kid very, very happy. So this week, we’re taking nominations for best zoo – and one lucky soul will win a copy of this book. Click “comments” and tell us, what’s your favorite zoo? (We’ll draw a winner’s name next Monday morning. Speaking of which, congrats are due to Renee, who won last week’s My Little Pony DVD!)

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2009
Under: Books | 6 Comments »

TWILIGHT: New Moon Clips

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You were probably going to tune in to the 2009 MTV Movie Awards anyway – but now, here’s another reason to tell your Tivo to make it happen. “Twilight” stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will screen a never-before-seen scene from “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” – which lands on the silver screen Nov. 20 – during the awards show, hosted by SNL comedian Andy Samberg on May 31. Twilight fans will have much to shriek about. The vampire film is up for the Golden Popcorn award in six categories, and this year, fans get to vote. Cast your ballot for best picture right up until the broadcast, everything else by May 27.

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Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2009
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