This Saturday, December 7, Portland author and publisher David Shapiro will appear at Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles for the Children’s Holiday Soiree, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. His writing style is wide-ranging, as you can see from the different titles here. Flowers by Number is a traditional number book — with a twist. Readers will count flowers, count petals, count stems, and even count stamens. Flowers by Number counts from one skunk cabbage to 10 lupine, introducing wildflowers to potential future botanists or nature enthusiasts. Each page also includes the common and Latin name for the flowers, all native to the Northwest. The beautifully colorful illustrations are by Portland illustrator Hayley Vair.
Young readers will enjoy Tool. Time. Twist. as a whimsical and entertaining journey through the history of tools from the stone hand ax [or axe, depending on your grammar preference] to the modern toolbox. Full color illustrations help the young reader identify and name each tool, and the sing-song text will help them remember different events in the history of tool making. There’s new information for adults as well, who may be surprised to discover that the claw hammer was developed in ancient Rome. Tool. Time. Twist. includes 17 tools and covers 2.5 million years of tool making. The artist is Christopher Herndon, who injects delightful humor into several of the illustrations.
Terra Tempo: The Four Corners of Time is targeted for the 9-12 crowd, but adults have been known to thoroughly enjoy this hefty graphic novel, which sends its three pre-teen heroes through a time-traveling map through the geologic ages of the planet, including close encounters of the dinosaur kind. As if mere survival weren’t enough, they are pursued by Bad Guys who want to get their hands on the time-traveling map. This is the middle volume of a projected trilogy, but it doesn’t suffer from sophomore slump as do many middle volumes. The threads of the story are easy to pick up and there is a satisfying conclusion that leaves the door comfortably open for future adventures. Chistopher Herndon’s art is a tour de force, with splash panels, two-page spreads and imaginative page divisions. Colorist Erica Melville, who exercises a delicious palette in the series, now lives in The Dalles and promises to drop by as well. And did we mention all the cool dinosaurs? The third volume will be out next year, and David Shapiro promises to bring copies of volume one as well.
Hear our interview with him by clicking on the grey podcast bar below.