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Showing posts from July, 2011

The Ramayana from a Woman's Point of View!

The Ramayana was required reading in my all-girls high school and I quite like the idea of a new generation of students studying the great Indian epic using this graphic novel retelling from Sita's point of view. Sita's Ramayana by Samhita Arni and Moyna Chitrakar (Tara Books, 2011)

Happy Philippine Children's Book Day!!!

Whoa, it exists.

One picture with two of my favorite things: children's books and K-pop! [ETA: Seriously, allkpop is just as important to me as A Fuse #8 Production . And that's saying a lot.]

Author Interview: Laura Manivong

Vonlai knows that soldiers who guard the Mekong River shoot at anything that moves, but in oppressive Communist Laos, there’s nothing left for him, his spirited sister, Dalah, and his desperate parents. Their only hope is a refugee camp in Thailand—on the other side of the river. When they reach camp, their struggles are far from over. Na Pho is a forgotten place where life consists of squalid huts, stifling heat, and rationed food. Still, Vonlai tries to carry on as if everything is normal. He pays attention in school, a dusty barrack overcrowded with kids too hungry to learn. And he plays soccer in a field full of rocks to forget his empty stomach. But when someone inside the camp threatens his family, Vonlai calls on a forbidden skill to protect their future, a future he’s sure is full of promise, if only they can make it out of Na Pho alive. Hi, everyone! :o) Today's interview is with the beautiful Laura Manivong , author of Escaping the Tiger (HarperCollins, 2010), a treasure

Out now! Out now!

Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif (Flux, 2011) No pizza. No boyfriend. (No life.) Okay, so during Ramadan, we're not allowed to eat from sunrise to sunset. For one whole month. My family does this every year, even though I've been to a mosque exactly twice in my life. And it's true, I could stand to lose a few pounds. (Sadly, my mom's hotness skipped a generation.) But is starvation really an acceptable method? I think not. Even worse, my oppressive parents forbid me to date. This is just cruel and wrong. Especially since Peter, a cute and crushable artist, might be my soul mate. Figures my bestest friend Lisa likes him, too. To top it off, there's a new Muslim girl in school who struts around in super-short skirts, commanding every boy's attention-including Peter's. How can I get him to notice me? And will I ever figure out how to be Muslim AND American? I noticed that Flux books are available in the Philippines, so I can't wait to buy this! :o)


Dumpling Days written and illustrated by Grace Lin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, January 2012) Is it January yet??? Gah! It's taking forever.

Book Trailer: Sidekicks by Dan Santat