“Fairy Godmother Academy” book signing Event with Jan Bozarth

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Terra Toys will be hosting a special demonstration and book signing by author of "The Fairy Godmother Academy" book series, Jan Bozarth. 

This event will mark the release of the third book in her series, "Zally’s Book."

 The book signing will be held on October 23rd 2010 from 1pm to 3pm.

This is a Free event!

Come in to Terra Toys to meet the author of this popular book series and get her autograph!

Also, Terra Toys sells all the books from this series, so new readers can become fans!!

 

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The Other Side by Istvan Banyai (2005)

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The Other Side by Istvan Banyai (2005) is a title that presses readers to explore how its images are connected from beginning to end.  There are no words and no express plot – these are left for the imagination to dream up. 

From the very first page, the illustrations on each following page are somehow related to those on the previous page.  In many cases this is a point-of-view reversal, but in some cases the relation shatters an illusion.  What seemed to be a cat is a child in costume.  What seemed to be an upside-down painting is in fact a shadow cast by the world outside into the house which is upside-down.

Toward the end of the book, the pages seem to be unrelated, the thread broken up into chunks.  But look closer!  There’s something that connects each idea to the next.

Istvan Banyai is a gifted artist, creator of the children’s books Zoom and Re-Zoom, and well-known for editorial illustrations in publications such as The New Yorker.

Prices and availability may change – call the store for current info.

 

My Little Home on the Range

Monday, March 8th, 2010

 

"Yee Haw!" she hollers across the playground, before dashing away on her noble steed, Mr. Stickhorsey. Her Pa tries to run after her, but she’s just too fast. He sighs and smiles, thinking of how happy she will be when she receives a brand new copy of "Little House on the Prairie" at her birthday party tomorrow.

Cowgirl Dress by Walkup Wear, $38.50, sizes 12m-6; I-Walk Fringe Boots by Bobux, $48, available in tan and pink, sizes 2-8; Horse Shoe Western Sak with horse by Douglas, $15; Red Hair Bow by Party Bags Etc., $5

Prices and availability may vary – call store for current info.

The Greatest Dot to Dot Super Challenge! by David Kalvitis

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

 

Okay, okay.  I know this isn’t your typical book-review book, but I think it’s definitely worth mentioning.  Most dot-to-dot books are very simple and geared for younger kids.  Usually the progression is from matching to dot-to-dot to mazes to more difficult things like sudoku.  But dot-to-dot puzzles don’t have to be just for small children.

The Greatest Dot to Dot books are a series of 7 (and hopefully more forthcoming) books of innovative variations on dot-to-dots.  Books 1-4 take the regular old puzzle to the next level – harder than usual, but not epically frustrating.  Books 5-7 are Super Challenge! books for even more advanced users – fun even for adults!

Some cool examples: odd/even puzzles puzzles in which you only connect odd numbers only and even numbers only on two separate lines, "compass" puzzles in which you connect a solid grid of dots by traveling in the directions specified by the code key, and puzzles with over 1300 dots spanning across two pages!

To visualize those confusing descriptions and try some sample puzzles, visit the website.

(For younger kids, we still have lots of dot-to-dot and picture puzzle books in our Dover books rack).

Prices and availability may vary – call store for current info.

Fold Me a Poem by Kristine O’Connell George (2005)

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

 

Fold Me a Poem is a lovely book of poetry that highlights the author’s realization that a few folds can bring paper to life just as a few words can bring an idea to life.  Each page contains a poem: some haiku, some free verse.  The words and illustrations bring the paper animals to life and provide interesting ideas to get creative with paper creations.

This is not an instruction guide, but the inspiring illustrations will make kids want to learn to make every animal in the book.  (Check out our origami section for paper and instructions).

Prices and availability may vary – call store for current info.

What Colour is Your World? by Bob Gill (2008 Edition)

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

 

What Colour is Your World?  In 1962, illustrator and graphic designer Bob Gill wrote and illustrated this simple and bold consideration of color.  Nearly fifty years later, its message is still valuable: your world is what you make of it.  Every person sees things differently, and you are free to create the world as you want it, both literally and figuratively.

Though the book is apparently marketed for children, it is just as valuable for parents.  It gently provokes the imaginations of children who are learning their colors and anyone who is exploring his/her creativity.

$14.95

Prices and availability may vary – call store for current info.