Archive for June, 2011

We love books, and we love art, and we are also pretty big fans of the internet, so we were very thrilled today to find heaps of images of amazing book art online.  Here are some examples of the kind of crazy awesome art that people make out of old books!  You can click on the images to see them in full size.  If you’d like to find out more about making book art, there is a really interesting article about artist Brian Dettmer here at the LA times.

 (Disclaimer: While we are hugely supportive of your creativity, please don’t ever ever be tempted to unleash your scalpel-wielding genius on any library books!) 


We have been having a lovely time reading all the picture books made by Year 7 and 8 students today.  Particular favourites include ‘Captain Chicken Saves the Day’ and ‘How to be a Rebel’.  These colourful and tasty literary snippets have inspired us so much that we have decided to make this week’s quiz all about picture books!

How to enter:  Fill in the form at the bottom of this post with your name, email address and the correct answers to all ten questions.  Entries which answer all questions correctly will go into the draw to win a book voucher from our literary friends at Readings book shop.  This competition will close at 10am on Friday July 1st, and winners will be announced on the blog later that day.  You must be a Uni High student to enter this competition.  Good luck!

Quiz questions:

1.  In Eric Carle’s story, what creature is very hungry?

2.  Julia Donaldson created a strange creature with “terrible tusks and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws”. What name did she give him?

3.  What is the name of the little boy in Where the Wild Things Are?

4.  In the classic Australian picture book John Brown, Rose, and the Midnight Cat, what sort of animal is John Brown?

5.  Who is the author of Speak Chinese, Fang Fang?

6.  In Graeme Base’s Animalia, where are the lazy lions lounging?

7.  In the books by Arnold Lobel, which two creatures are friends?

8.  In Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl, which character “whips a pistol from her knickers”?

9.  In the Where’s Wally books, what is the name of Wally’s female friend?

10.   Which dog is the creation of author Eric Hill?


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We at library blog headquarters are very, very excited today, because this morning marked an important milestone in our ongoing love affair with both books and the internet: we made our very own book trailer!  As you know we have been obsessed with book trailers for quite some time now, and today, after having read Lucy Christopher’s novel Stolen, we were inspired to have a go at making our own.  Is it as good as the greatest book trailer ever?  Probably not.  But it’s ours and we are very pleased with it.

We made our book trailer using Windows Movie Maker with images and music we found on the internet. We made a storyboard first to decide what we wanted to say about the book: we wanted to give hints about the plot, but not tell the whole story! Then we put all our images, text and sounds together to create the masterpiece that you have just witnessed. After that, we were quite exhausted and had several cups of tea.  We hope to see some students making book trailers as the year goes on: if you make one, let us know!

At the moment the library is full of glorious colour as we continue to display all the book covers made by Year 7 students this term.  Last week we had a very exciting morning tea for all contestants during which ace visiting illustrator Sue de Gennaro announced the winning entries!  We also collated the votes for the People’s Choice Award (thanks to all who voted on the blog!).  Astonishingly, the winner of the People’s Choice Award was also the winner of the first prize as judged by Sue!  This superlatively winning book cover, designed by Suriani Lim of 7C1, is pictured below.  Sue de Gennaro commented that Suriani had created ‘a well thought out book cover, using the theme in both colour and graphics. This cover is fresh and strong in design, and would easily jump out at you on a bookshelf’.  Well done Suriani!

Because the standard of the competition was so high, Sue also awarded equal first prize to Rowan Welsh of 7B1 for his spooky cover of Skulduggery Pleasant, calling it ‘a successfully designed and well balanced cover. The use of black and white is classic and the text adds to the overall sophisticated style. Well resolved use of back cover and spine. A great effort.’


There were also two second prizes awarded, one of which went to this very colourful effort by Jacob Hersant of 7B1, with a design that Sue said ‘instantly grabbed my attention with its confident use of illustration and colour. Delightfully quirky!’

Equal second was awarded to a cover by Emma Weir, also of 7B1.  Sue commented: ‘Beautiful use of the computer, it is light, fresh and tender.  I too feel like running with those children into the story. Perfect use of colour, inspiring…’

 And last but not least, we are delighted to announce the Librarian’s Choice Award, given by the librarians to their favourite design.  It was a very tough decision this year but after much discussion the Librarian’s Choice Award was given to the fun and colourful book cover shown below.  Unfotunately the designer did not write their name on the back so we don’t know who created this masterpiece!  If you are the mystery artist, or if you know their identity, please let us know in the comments!

Books: How Do They Work?

Posted: June 10, 2011 in General

Every week your friendly library bloggers trawl the internet looking for interesting stuff about books and reading to share with you, our adoring readers.  This week we came across this image (via @SaundraMitchell on Twitter): a great visual metaphor for how we feel about reading!

Library Blog Quiz Winners!

Posted: June 10, 2011 in Competitions

Well done to everyone who submitted an entry to last week’s Winter-themed book quiz!  We received several sets of correct answers which went into the draw to win this week’s  Readings book voucher.  We are delighted to reveal that this week’s  winner was Ms Carol Wu of 7c3.  Runners-up this week were Bernadette Hall, Deylan Kilic-Aidani, Wendy Zhao, and Elaine Yong, who all get a participation prize.  Prizes will be available for collection from the library on Tuesday (because Monday is a public holiday).  Congratulations to all!