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StoryPeople flood relief September 1, 2008

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StoryPeople “Deep Roots”

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I love StoryPeople. They are a little odd, but have such a deep message that is yet so simple at the same time. 


Deep Roots

When I die,

she said,

I’m coming back

as a tree




and I’ll

wave my

leaves at

the children

every morning

on their way to 

school & whisper tree songs 

at night in

their dreams. Trees with 

deep roots know

about the things

that children need.


This is my favorite of Brian Andreas’s work. I found it in a local store the week after my favorite aunt passed away suddenly last year from a brain aneurysm. Two months before she died she had delivered a toast at her son’s wedding that referred to deep roots and wings. I think I was meant to find this piece of art. I also bought it for my cousin.


Creepy Read aloud Kids Will Love

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Coralineby Neil Gaiman is a book that has been in my “to read” pile for several years. It actually made it out of the “to read” pile into my classroom library two years ago when I realized it was one of those “best books i have not read” and that kids would get to it before I could. Despite my best intentions to get a student to read the book, I’ve had no takers. Now that I finished it, I realized I wasn’t selling it to them correctly. If I had told them it was “too scary”, “downright creepy”, and a little disturbing they would have been all over the book. When I was trying to describe the book to my husband last night I described it as almost a new genre of “kid horror” novel which then seemed even more scary to me. This morning in the shower I realized that lots of kids love being scared, hence the Goosebumps series and the Spooky Stories of …

It is worth noting, that the shadows that surround Coraline in the cover I pasted in this post, are not on the cover that I have from Scholastic. I think those shadows add to the appeal of the book, whereas this might be the first time in a long time where I feel the illustrations actually deter from the story! Several times while reading the story, I had to cover up the illustrations (my husband wants me to add that I am a giant chicken and that artists should be encouaged,) so I could keep reading as I turned off from the story by the illustrations, which were often not with the matching text.

When I went to get the cover of the book, low and behold, there is a new cover (see below) and also an additional cover for the “movie” version of the book that is coming out in 2009. What! A movie of the book? I’m not sure I should have been surprised. I acutally really like the cover of the movie book and the foreshadowing of the “hand”.

This book is a fast read and I think it would have my students spellbound and begging for more as a read aloud.  I would suggest trying to get it read in October, or definitely before the movie comes out, as that always changes students’ perception of a book. 


New Cover

post about the movie

Coraline "movie" book cover


Coraline trailer on YouTube

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