Amy Krouse Rosenthal: A Celebration of her Life

Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a person who liked to make things.

She was born on 29th of April 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, the city she loved and lived in all her life until her death on March 13th 2017.

She will be missed by all who love her: from her beloved family to her amazing fans. Her award-winning books are part of her huge legacy, and her curious and creative spirit lives on in them, and in her children.

Her YouTube videos and TedTalk contributions were funny and inspiring, and the impact she had on the world and people around her will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace, Amy.

We hope you are inspired to visit Amy’s page to see more of her work, and to celebrate her life with us.

Her children’s books are quirky and fun, and highly recommended.

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If you feel the need for something a little more grown up then Amy’s book Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal is perfect. As recommended by John Green, of Paper Towns fame:

“You know how you have—or I hope you have—a quirky and delightful friend who is just the most fascinating person you know? I have the perfect gift book for that person. Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a wonderfully eccentric memoir that is enhanced by texting, really.”

The Room of Requirement Coming to Cardiff’s Historic Arcades

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Calling all Cardiffian Potterheads – Magic is coming to town! In the coming months, should you find yourself traipsing through the Castle Arcade, concentrating on something you require in particular, you might just be lucky enough to stumble upon the arcade’s newest addition. Relocating from Hogwarts’ seventh floor is the ‘Come and Go Room’ – and if you’re not a Hogwarts house-elf – better known as the ‘Room of Requirement’.

In the past, the room has served to fulfil many witches and wizards’ greatest needs. Dumbledore once stumbled upon the room with an especially full bladder, to find it full of chamber pots. Whilst it transformed into a broom cupboard for the mischievous Fred and George to hide from Filch. Lest not forget, the room fulfilled the requirements of Dumbledore’s Army, serving as their headquarters and practice area. For you, the room will transform into a shop, stocking everything Harry Potter (basically essentials for every doting fan). Read More

Roald Dahl’s Charlie Was Originally Written As A Black Character.

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In an interview with BBC Radio 4 last month, Roald Dahl’s widow, Liccy Dahl, revealed that the “…first Charlie that he wrote about was a little black boy. I don’t know (why it was changed). It’s a great pity.”

Dahl biographer, Donald Sturrock, told the Today Programme:

“I can tell you that it was his agent who thought it was a bad idea, when the book was first published, to have a black hero. She said people would ask: ‘Why?'”

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Are Celebrity Authors Ruining Literature?

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After the announcement of the World Book Day 2018 £1 titles, many authors have spoken out against the influx of celebrity authors. Interestingly, four out of the ten World Book Day £1 titles in 2018 are by celebrity authors.

In response to this news David Almond, author of Skellig, has stated that “the nation’s children are being shortchanged”.  Almond complained how “authors and illustrators are being scorned” by the list of television stars, reality show winners, and comedians.

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2018 World Book Day Books Announced

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The £1 books for World Book Day 2018 have been announced in what will be the 21st year for this prestigious event. The next World Book Day will take place on 1st March 2018, so save the date as we look at the books selected for next year’s event.

World Book Day often offers a range of books, all on offer for £1 with a World Book Day voucher, given away at schools. However, the usually diverse range is celebrity author heavy this year, leading many children’s authors to speak out about being crushed out of the genre by celebrity writers. Read More

David Walliams’ 10th Novel “Bad Dad” Ready for Festive Release

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If you have kids who are fans of David Walliams then we have something you might like to add to the Christmas list. This week it was announced that David Walliams is to release his tenth book, Bad Dad, in time for Christmas.

The heart-warming rags to riches story follows a boy trying to break his dad out of prison. Frank’s dad went to jail for driving the getaway car in a bank robbery but he wants to put the money back and so Frank and him hatch a daring plan to break out and restore the missing cash. Read More

Biff, Chip, And Kipper Shock Readers!

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We all have those moments as adults where our minds go to places it perhaps shouldn’t. Twitter user Ed Brody apparently had one of those moments when looking over a Biff, Chip, and Kipper story and saw “somewhat dubious scenes spotted in the background…”

The Oxford University Press insists the scene is taken out of context. The startled old woman was not in fact horrified by sexual activities occurring in the bushes.

Ed Brody’s tweet soon gathered attention. Before long other Twitter users were adding innuendos and awkward moments found in children’s books. These included an illustration of Hitler walking his dog, naked breasts in Where’s Wally, a priest watching children undress, and more.

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Do You Own A Valuable Harry Potter First Edition?

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Sitting upon your bookshelf could be a first edition worth more than 5,000 times its original value. Therefore it may be worth your while to check your old copy of the first Harry Potter book…

A recent online auction made one lucky seller over $80,000 (more than £60,000)! Because such a hefty price tag is unheard of for an unsigned piece of fiction, this was deemed a record breaker by officials.

The original owner, a private UK collector, kept the first edition 1997 book in pristine condition, and it was sold by Heritage Auctions based in Dallas, Texas, USA.

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BBC Documentary to Air on the History of Magic to Mark Potter Anniversary

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A BBC documentary on the History of Magic from the world of Harry Potter is to air on BBC 2. Harry Potter: A History of Magic will show as part of an Arts series that takes a look at the lives of artists and their inspiration.

The series will follow the 20th anniversary exhibition at the British Library starting in late October where the public will be able to access ancient texts, artefacts and artwork. The documentary will unveil all things magical, the history and myths that inspired the Potterverse, magical objects and the folklore at the heart of the Harry Potter series. Read More

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