1:30pm March 12th, order forms due Feb. 27th
Order form due Feb. 27th, 2020
Just a few of his other books...
What a fun author visit from Remy Lai!
Before the visit, students came up with MANY questions that she answered:
1. How long does it take to make the book?
I got the idea of the two boys baking in 2016, but I only figured out the story in 2017, and I think from there, it took me 6 months of full time writing and illustrating to write and draw the book.
2. What is your first book? / How many books have you written?
PIE IN THE SKY is my first book, but I have many manuscripts (around 20) that I wrote before PIE that did not get published (but I might try to publish them again in the future).
3. Is the book based off your childhood? / Is this a true story?
Parts of it is based off my childhood. I only learned English when I was nine years old. And [spoiler alert] my older sister did leave me behind at a bus station and I did end up at the police station.
4. What inspired you to write the book? / How did you come up with the idea for the book?
It started with an image that popped into my mind, of two brothers secretly baking cakes. When I figured out they couldn’t speak English, the story fell into place, and from there, I borrowed things from my childhood.
5. How did you come up with the characters?
The brothers popped into my head almost fully formed. My characters in my stories usually pop into my head as an image. I think I’m a very visual thinker. For the other characters, I came up with them as I wrote the story. The other characters are the ones that are needed to advance the plot and to also bring about the changes in the two brothers.
6. Why is it called PIE IN THE SKY when they make cakes? / How did you come up with the title?
The original title was RULES FOR MAKING CAKES but my editor changed it to PIE IN THE SKY and I think he was right to do that. Pie in the Sky is the name of the cake shop the boys’ dad would have opened in Australia if he hadn’t passed away. It is also an idiom that means “an impossible dream”, and it symbolizes the dream the dad has for the brothers, for them to have a better life in Australia. It also speaks of how hard it is for someone to migrate to another country. For some people, it might seem impossible.
7. Has my dad died?
Yes. He passed away many years ago. Writing about the boys’ father being dead was hard for me.
8. How old are you?
I’m old enough to be your mom but not old enough to be your grandma.
9. Are you going to write another book?
I have finished writing and drawing another book, but it will only come out next year May 12, 2020.
Grades 3-5 AUTHOR VISIT
HER BOOK: PIE IN THE SKY
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Holly Goldberg Sloan I have made a living as a writer since I was in my early twenties. I've worked in film and television. Family entertainment. I've put words in the mouths of angels and elephants–soccer players and crocodile hunters.
But nothing has been as fulfilling as writing my book.
I believe that what we experience as we go through life—the incidents and actions, people and places—the small bits and the big pieces—are determinative. I wouldn't call it fate. And I wouldn't call it chance. For me it's something squishy in between
Visit her online at http://hollygoldbergsloan.com
Avery Bloom, who’s bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who’s fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads.
When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends–and possibly, one day, even sisters.
But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. Now that they can’t imagine life without each other, will the two girls (who sometimes call themselves Night Owl and Dogfish) figure out a way to be a family?
*Order forms due to Buckman Library by Friday, Feb. 8th
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So much fun having Laurie Keller teach us all about EMOTIONS and DRAWING!
Inspiring our authors and illustrators of the future...
Thank you again to Green Bean Books for your continued effort to get authors and illustrators into our public schools!
Laurie Keller will be having an author visit at Buckman Elementary on Monday, October 8th at 9:15am for grades K-2!
She is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Do Unto Otters, Arnie, the Doughnut, The Scrambled States of America, and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, among numerous others. She grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and always loved to draw, paint and write stories.
HER NEW PICTURE BOOK: POTATO PANTS!
A potato and his eggplant nemesis struggle to find the perfect pants in Potato Pants!, a hilarious, heartwarming tale of forgiveness by bestselling Geisel-Award winning creator Laurie Keller. Potato is excited because today—for one day only— Lance Vance’s Fancy Pants Store is selling potato pants! Potato rushes over early, but just as he’s about to walk in, something makes him stop. What could it be? Find out in this one-of-a-kind story about misunderstandings and forgiveness, and—of course—Potato Pants!
Graham Annable came to visit Buckman Elementaryfor an engaging and animated author visit. We were so lucky to hear about his love of drawing and reading!
But most of all, his love for drawing everything Spiderman.... Even Spiderman pancakes! Hahaha!!
We also learned that most often, there is someone that is better than you at drawing, but did that stop Graham from trying???? NO!
Peter and Ernesto are sloths. Peter and Ernesto are friends. But Peter and Ernesto are nothing alike. Peter loves their tree and never wants to leave, while Ernesto loves the sky and wants to see it from every place on Earth. When Ernesto leaves to have a grand adventure, Peter stays behind and frets. The two friends grow even closer in separation, as Peter the homebody expands his horizons and Ernesto the wanderer learns the value of home.
With ridiculously cute art and simple, funny text, their reunion is even more adorable than you are imagining.
Order forms for a signed copy of his new book in PDF link below...
Due to the library by March 16th!
Top students will receive books and prizes!
2nd - 5th Graders
Library Media Specialist
Art Show & Sell
Children's Choice Awards
Elephant & Piggie
Global Due Date
Holly Goldberg Sloan
Little Free Library
Monthly Reading Challenge
Multnomah County Library
Portland Art Museum
School Library Month