September 18, 2011 |
This season, in the land of children's books, there be giants and dragons, wimps and blue horses. First, about the giants. They're not imaginary ones. In fact, they're quite familiar. Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. New books from both classic authors are coming this month - Seuss' "The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories" (Random House) and Silverstein's "Everything on It: Poems and Drawings" (HarperCollins). "New" isn't exactly the correct word to use - "Bippolo Seed" gathers together stories that Seuss, who died in 1991, published in magazines in the 1950s; while Silverstein, who died in 1999, left behind numerous drawings and poems that make up the content of "Everything on It. " The books, aimed at ages 6 and up (Seuss)
August 26, 2012 |
In 1993, Lois Lowry published "The Giver," a young adult novel about a dystopian culture in which conformity is the standard and Sameness is a social goal. By then, Lowry was already a well-known writer for young readers: Her first book, "A Summer to Die," came out in 1977, and her novel "Number the Stars," which takes place during the Holocaust, won a 1990 Newbery Medal. Still, with its cautionary sensibility, its insistence on thinking for oneself, "The Giver" became a literary lightning rod. Winner of a 1994 Newbery, the novel has been equally assigned and challenged and is the defining book of Lowry's career.
September 30, 2012 |
Son A Novel Lois Lowry Houghton Mifflin: 393 pp., $17.99, ages 12 and up It's been 19 years since the publication of Lois Lowry's pioneering Newbery Medal winner, "The Giver," which painted a bleak picture of a future society in which color does not exist, love is suppressed and sameness is revered. No one would have guessed that almost two decades later, "dystopian" would be its own genre in the young adult biblioscape, giving rise to blockbuster franchises such as "The Hunger Games," "Divergent," "Matched" and now, a follow-up from the author who's credited with starting it. "Son" is the Rashomon-style conclusion to "The Giver," told from the perspective of the young birth mother whose infant was saved in the original book.
November 25, 1999
The critically acclaimed "Anastasia Krupnik," starring Brenda Grate in the title role, concludes its run this weekend at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. This adaptation of Lois Lowry's book, written and directed by Meryl Friedman, is the first offering of the Falcon's Children's Theater series. * "Anastasia Krupnik," Saturday at noon, Sunday at noon and 2 p.m., Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Ends Sunday. (818) 955-8101. $8.50.
July 15, 2004 |
The film company of Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz has agreed to work on five movies, including four based on award-winning children's books, in a deal with 20th Century Fox. Walden Media of the Anschutz Film Group would produce and develop the films with Fox, while Fox would distribute them. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
January 9, 1990 |
Author Lois Lowry has won the prestigious John Newbery Medal for children's books, while illustrator Ed Young was awarded the Randolph Caldecott Medal. The awards were announced Monday at an American Library Assn. meeting. Lowry, author of "Number the Stars," won the 1990 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in 1989.