DC Heroes

DC Comics will be publishing a collection of graphic novels based on NBC’s hit Heroes TV show.  The stories were originally created for the official website for the show.  Look for a hardcover release of the graphic novels this fall. 

More Potter News

BBC News reports that JK Rowling is back at work writing already. 

“I’m sort of writing two things at the moment,” she said. “One is for children and the other is not for children.”

Rowling, 41, said she expected to drop one of her two
new books, which is what happened when she started writing Harry Potter
and the Philospher’s Stone in the 1990s.

“The weird thing is that this is exactly the way I started writing Harry,” she said.

“I was writing two things simultaneously for a year
before Harry took over. So one will oust the other in due course, and
I’ll know that’s my next thing.”

As a reader of children’s fiction, can I just put in my fervent wish that the one for children wins out!  C’mon Jo, think of the kids!

Poetry Friday – Shape Me a Rhyme

Shape Me a Rhyme: Nature’s Forms in Poetry by Jane Yolen, photographs by Jason Stemple.

Following in the tradition of their first two books of poetry and photos (Color Me a Rhyme and Count Me a Rhyme), Jane Yolen and her son focus this time on shapes.  Each poem focuses on a specific shape with the corresponding photograph.  As always, Yolen’s poetry manages to be both simple and deep.  Her words are accessible, but each poem will have children thinking more deeply than they may have expected.  What a testimony to her gift as a poet.  Stemple’s photographs offer a real visual treat.  From the fiery ball of the sun with grassy silhouettes before it to the arch of a sand dollar half hidden in the sand, his photographs add another dimension to the poems. 

My favorite poem is that of the rectangle where readers will find rectangles reflected in the strands of a spider web.  Made me want to immediately head outdoors and find shapes in my local spider webs.  Just lovely.

Recommended to add a little poetry to a mathematics class looking at shapes.  It will also be a welcome addition to kindergarten classrooms where it may inspire an outdoor expedition for shapes in nature. 

Graphic Novels by Prose Authors

Oni Press is working with author Karin Slaughter to create an imprint of graphic novels written by prose writers.  I love her take on graphic novels:

“Graphic novels let you take risks that just
wouldn’t fly in the conventional book form,” Slaughter said. “Visual
story telling is at once immediate and subversive.”

It will be interesting to see what sorts of crossover this creates.  Will it be readers of prose moving to graphic novels or graphic novel readers seeking out the prose of the authors?  Definitely an exciting new approach that we will all have to keep an eye on.