Bokrea or Nirvana for Swedish Book Lovers!

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LA2 bokrea 2009 BokskottenYou see those big signs yelling  “REA” at you? That is a word of magic and wonder that means “Sale”. You might have noticed the big piles of books scattered around. Yes, you got it, you got it! It’s a book sale! Today in Sweden all the bookshops have major book sales. It is a great day for me because I can go out and get some nice titles. Then again, this is a sad day for my wallet who screams as I enter yet another bookshop “No more!  No more”. The prices are really low, so now is the time to stack on those books that I have been thinking of getting but never did since I prioritized text books and other (seemingly) useful things for school. Oh! And did I mention that this is going on as well on the online bookshops? Mmmm, sweet day of book sale here I come! Read the rest of this entry »

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Have You Heard of Harris Burdick?

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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is a very special picture book written by Chris Van Allsburg in 1984. “A picture book?”, you are probably asking now. Well hold on a second! This book is something much more than just that. If you answered my title  question with a  ´´No´´, looking all confused at your monitor, let me enlighten you on who Harris Burdick is. First of all, he is a fictional character. His story goes like this: One day Mr. Burdick, the prolific writer that he was, went to a publisher called Peter Wenders with a collection of 14 illustrations. After proudly telling him that he has a story for every illustration, as well as many more where those cme from, he was informed by Mr. Wenders that  he would love to publish his work. But Mr. Burdick, the tricky thing that he was, did something that would drive any publisher insane. While Mr. Wenders was dreaming of fortune and glory, looking greedily at the 14 illustrations, Mr. Burdick did something very  very rude: he never came back. So now Mr. Wenders was left with a sad-looking deadline and 14 illustrations together with their titles and short captions from the texts. But not the stories! Wait a minute! People can make the stories. So many people did their own stories, based on the Burdick illustrations, titles and captions. Some were scary, some were emotional, some perhaps a little dull.

Did this raise your interest? Well then I will spice it all up a little bit by telling you that the author of this amazing book, Chris Van Allsburg, wrote and illustrated  Jumanji and  The Polar Express. Now you know who wrote this. Now you even know who Harris Burdick is. You are very welcome!

If your answer to my question was a knowledgeable´´ YES! Everyone knows who Harris Burdick is. ‘Doh.´´ ,well then you have to calm yourself ! Do not worry though, this blog entry will not be about The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, but about The Chronicles of Harris Burdick. This is a collection of short stories based on the original illustrations. The authors involved in the project are: Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate Dr. Camillio, Cory Doctorow,Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire,Walter Dean Myers,Linda Sue Park,Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, and Chris Van Allsburg himself. It is a great collection of short stories that are appropriate for children (most of them, some could be a tiny bit scary or hard to understand; this is of course depending on the age). Read the rest of this entry »

Hello World, as They Say Around Here!

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What does a person who is so busy that sometimes she barely has time to sleep (okay, so that is a gross exaggeration) do? Why of course she starts a blog! Right? Wrong! However, this is what I am doing and I am not listening to any silly voice of reason! I will not waste anyone’s time by telling the story of my life, what lunch I had today, or why I like writing (although that might come  up); if you are curious you can check all this stuff in the About section (it’s right above all this text. Look there! Under the title! Yeah that’s it. You found it). What I am going to do is tell you why I started this blog and what I intend to write about. Read the rest of this entry »