AUTHOR OF THE MONTH: CHRIS COLFER

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Christopher Paul Colfer, a Golden Globe Awardee for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on the TV hit series Glee, is our multitalented author of the month. He released his first novel in 2012. A two-book deal that has now grown into a 10 book (and counting) story about the twins Alex and Connor Bailey as they fall from the real world into a world of fairy tales which is a far cry from what they have read from their storybooks.

As a child, he had trouble reading by himself and so he would often ask his mom to read him fairy tales.  He always wanted the back story and would always ask his mother questions about the characters and their motives, but his mom wouldn’t have the answers and finally told him to write his own fairy tales.

His series opener, The Wishing Spell, is dedicated to his grandmother, whom he considers his first editor and who told him to wait until he finishes elementary school before worrying to become a failed writer.  It was also during his elementary years that he was often left by himself because his younger sister had a very rare form of epilepsy that required majority of his parents’ attention.  Writing or even thinking up stories became a therapy and escape for him.

Chris is currently in active talks of making his first book, “The Land of Stories: the Wishing Spell” into a movie.  But he is being very careful, because he believes that if they were able to make a great adaptation it will immortalize the book but a terrible movie will kill it. 

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Below is the list of Chris Colfer’s books that you can borrow from the library :

  1. The Wishing spell
  2. The Enchantress return
  3. The Grimm warning
  4. Beyond the kingdoms
  5. An Author’s odyssey
  6. World’s collide
  7. The Mother Goose diaries
  8. Queen Red Riding Hood’s guide to royalty
  9. Trobella throws a party: A tale from the Land of Stories

Author Visit: Mr. Cheeno Sayuno

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Author of “The Missing Blanket”, Chino Sayuno, visited Xavier School and gave a talk to selected Grades 5 and 6 students. Members of Hoofprint, Film Club, Art Club, and boys who wanted to learn how to write stories of their own listened to Mr. Sayuno as he described what made him write his story.

The boys were truly inspired by his book, and some even got free copies of his book. Mr. Sayuno graciously signed their copies and was very willing to take photos with the boys.

Continue to inspire students Mr. Sayuno!

Author of the Month : JEFFREY BROWN

Born in 1975 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jeffrey grew up reading comic books and dreaming of drawing them someday.  When he was 25 years old, he moved to  Chicago to pursue a degree in Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago.  But by the time he finished his MFA, he had abandoned painting and started drawing comics with his first autobiographical book entitled, “Clumsy” in 2001.  Aside from drawing comic books for publishers like TopShelf, Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, McSweeney’s, and Chronicle books, he also directed animated video for the band, “Dead Cab for Cutie.”  His art was also shown in galleries in New York, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles. 

Some of his comic book creation for children are:

  • Lucy and Andy Neanderthal (2016)
  • Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age (2017)
  • Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones (2018)
  • Vader’s Little Princess (2013)
  • Star-Wars: Jedi Academy (2013)
  • Goodnight Darth Vader (2014)
  • Darth Vader and Son  (2014)
  • Return of the Padawan (2014)
  • Darth Vader and Friends (2015)
  • The Phantom Bully (2015)
  • Jedi Academy Journal (2015)

References:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/45429.Jeffrey_Brown
http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog/jeffrey-brown

Author of the month: Dav Pilkey

David Murray Pilkey, or Dav Pilkey for the readers of his famous Captain Underpants book series, was born on March 4, 1966, to David and Barbara Pilkey. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio but eventually moved to Washington where he met his wife Sayuri, the owner of his favourite Japanese restaurant and a professional musician.

While he was in elementary, he was diagnosed with and suffers from dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  He was often scolded for his behavior in school and was always asked to stay outside in the hallway. His teacher even moved a desk there just for him where it remained in use for three years.  He kept that desk well stocked with pencils, paper, magic markers, and crayons. He spent his detention time immersed in drawing to relieve his boredom, stapled together sheets of paper to make his own comic books filled with  adventures of a group of superheroes. One of these creations was Captain Underpants, who was destined to be a big hit in later years.

A life-altering event happened during his senior year in high school.  He was working as a waiter at Pizza Hut. While they were making his name tag, the label maker got broken and instead of printing Dave it printed Dav and the name got stuck.  As Dav Pilkey, he entered Ken State University as an art major where his freshman English teacher complimented his creative writing skills and encouraged him to write books. Thinking that it was an idea with some merit, he created a children’s book  entitled, “World War Won” and entered it in a competition. World War Won was awarded the grand prize and Pilkey became a published author at the age of nineteen.

From then on he continued writing books for children.  Some of his works that are available here in the Grade School LRC are:

  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants
  • The adventures of Ook and Gluk : kung-fu cavemen from the future
  • Captain underpants and the sensational saga of sir stinks-a-lot
  • Captain Underpants and the wrath of the wicked wedgie woman
  • The all new Captain Underpants extra-crunchy book o’ fun 2
  • Captain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets
  • Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, part 1 : the night of the nasty nostril nuggets
  • Captain Underpants and the invasion of the incredibly naughty cafeteria ladies from outer space (and the subsequent assault of the equally evil lunchroom zombie nerds
  • Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, part 2 : the revenge of the ridiculous Robo-Boogers
  • Captain Underpants and the perilous plot of Professor Poopypants
  • Captain Underpants and the preposterous plight of the purple potty people
  • Captain Underpants and the revolting revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers
  • Captain Underpants and the terrifying return of Tippy Tinkletrousers : the ninth epic novel
  • Captain Underpants and the tyrannical retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000
  • Dog Man
  • Ricky Ricotta’s mighty robot vs. the stupid stinkbugs from Saturn
  • Ricky Ricotta’s mighty robot vs. the mutant mosquitoes from Mercury
  • Ricky Ricotta’s mighty robot vs. the mecha-monkeys from Mars
  • Ricky Ricotta’s mighty robot vs. the Uranium unicorns from Uranus
  • Ricky Ricotta’s mighty robot vs. the voodoo vultures from Venus

Sources:

https://www.famousauthors.org/dav-pilkey

http://biography.jrank.org/pages/2022/Pilkey-Dav-1966.html

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U22ZdsqiYdYwqcf59MNA8ZwUVU1CzKEO6o3wDl8gLls/edit

Local Author of the Month: Rene Villanueva

imagesSi Rene O. Villanueva ay isang tanyag na manunulat ng mga librong pambata, mga dula, at mga dayalogo sa telebisyon at pelikula. Isinilang si Villanueva noong ika-22 ng Setyembre 1954 sa La LomaLungsod ng Quezon, sa mag-asawang Francisco at Vicenta Villanueva. Nakapagtapos siya ng kursong Kasaysayan sa Lyceum of the Philippines noong taong 1969.

Nagsimulang magsulat ng mga dula at libro para sa mga bata si Villanueva noong dekada ’70 at nailimbag ang mahigit limampung librong siya ang may akda mula noon. Nakamit niya ang kanyang unang gantimpala sa Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature noong 1980 para sa isang maikling dulang pinamagatang “Kumbersasyon.” Isa lamang iyon sa marami niyang akda na nabigyang gantimpala at nagluklok sa kanya sa Palanca Hall of Fame noong 1995. Isa siya sa mga unang nagsulat para sa serye ng Aklat Adarna. Dati rin siyang prodyuser ng programang pambata na “Batibot” na sumikat noong dekada ’80. Siya ang naging ikalawang patnugot ng isang seksyon ng Diyaryo Pilipino; patnugot ng Diliman Review; sanggunian ng “Children’s Communication Center”; orihinal na punong manunulat ng “Philippine Sesame Street Project”; at malikhaing director ng “Philippine Children’s Television Foundation, Inc.” Naging pangalawang propesor si Villanueva ng Departamento ng Pilipino sa Kolehiyo ng Sining at Letra ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas. Kasabay nang pagsusulat at pagtuturo ay naging miyembro din si Villanueva ng “Likhaan: U.P. Institute of Creative Writing,” Galian sa Arte at Tula, “U.P. Writers Club,” Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, at “The Writers Bloc, Inc.”. Ginawaran siya ng Gawad CCP Para sa Sining (Literatura) noong 2004, at nahirang siyang Pinakamahusay na Alagad ng Sining sa 2005 Gawad Chanselor sa UP. Nabibilang si Rene Villanueva sa unang hanay ng mga manunulat na naisama sa Hall of Fame ng Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

MGA AKLAT NI MR. RENE VILLANUEVA NA HUMUBOG SA KAALAMAN NG MGA GURO AT MAG-AARAL :

  • Ang Batang natutong maging matapang = The Child who learned to be brave
  • Alamat ng atis = The Legend of the custard apple
  • Kumusta!
  • Maghapon ni Bong = Bong’s day – Ang karamihan ay gusting hiramin
  • Okaka-okaka, ang batang palaka
  • Tubig: ano ang magagawa ng tubig

Sanggunihan: http://fil.wikipilipinas.org/index.php/Rene_O._Villanueva