If I Had a Gryphon
Written by Vikki VanSickle
Illustrated by Cale Atkinson
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 3-7
“VanSickle’s rhymes are unflaggingly exuberant as the girl puts up with noisy harpies, biting chupacabras, and mischievous fairies, and Atkinson fills the pages with visual comedy. In one of the funniest scenes, a dopey-looking kraken grins innocently as its tentacles snag an ocean liner and a rather perturbed whale.” – Publishers Weekly
Secret Location Details
For tomorrow’s StoryMob, the meeting place is at The Children’s Book Bank on 350 Berkeley Street. Participants will be in the Book Bank courtyard until 1:30 pm, then parade north up Berkeley Street to Cartlon Street to our StoryMob location, in the heart of the kids area of the Cabbagetown Festival!!!
Sign up for a reader’s part by clicking here and check out costume and prop ideas here.
12:00pm – Volunteers, photographers, and keeners who need extra time to organize their props and costumes will meet at The Children’s Book Bank, 350 Berkeley Street
12:30pm (sharp!) – Official Mustering (we meet, greet, and practice for the StoryMob).
1:30pm – Parade – we will parade from the Book Bank with call and response play to our StoryMob location at Berkeley and Carlton.
1:45pm (approx) – StoryMob performance (lasts 15 minutes).
2:00pm – StoryMob disperses. Participants can enjoy all the Cabbagetown Festival has to offer!
Please call or text if you are delayed or need our help. It is especially important that we hear from Readers and Volunteers if you are not able to make it, as we will need to make quick alternative arrangements … plus, we’ll worry about you if you don’t show up! Roxanne: 416-670-6074
Go early, we can’t have Vikki eating all the candy corn!
My how time flies! For those of you planning your ALA Annual schedule already, we wanted to let you know that Tundra Books will be exhibiting at the conference. Please visit Pamela and Vikki in the exhibit hall at booth #2331 to learn about our new and upcoming books – and to pick up notepads, dry-erase calendars, buttons, educators’ guides, posters, art cards, recipe cards, ARCs, and more!
Here are some events you should make note of to attend:
- At the Book Buzz Theater on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 12:30 – 1:15 pm, Ben Clanton will be presenting Narwhal.
- Ben Clanton will be signing Narwhal on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm at booth 2331.
- Vikki VanSickle will be signing If I Had a Gryphon on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 11:30 am at booth 2331.
For the author and illustrator signings at our booth, we will be handing out complimentary copies of the books at a first come, first serve basis. So don’t forget, there’s a limited number of signed books.
And if you picked up your 2016 Aisle-by-Aisle coupon book, make sure you drop off your entry to win a podtastic Narwhal gift package! The prize includes a copy of Narwhal, a tusk headband, a Narwhal button, a Jelly button, a Narwhal poster and activity guide, a “I don’t think you’re ready for this Jelly” T-shirt, and a “Narwhals: they’re real and they’re spectacular” T-shirt.
Or if you ever fancied yourself with a tusk, we’ll have a photo booth with lots of fun props. #PodGoals right?
Follow @TundraBooks, @Clantoons, and @VikkiVanSickle on twitter or instagram. You can also follow #alaac16 for the latest news and updates! We’ll be posting reminders using the ALA hashtag.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016
This is it. The final day of our blog tour for Shimmer. Hopefully by now, all these wonderful bloggers have convinced you to read the Rephaim series. Do it. Do it in the next three months and you’ll join them in waiting for the final book in June, Burn.
“Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, and so on. But there is more to love about this series than just him. ;0) … This is quite possibly my favorite series involving angels … I’ve read and re-read these books and I plan on re-reading the whole series again in the near future because it is just so awesome and unlike any other angel-themed series I’ve ever read. I dare you to start this series and not immediately the next book…and the next book…and the next book.” – Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue
“My love for this series has not dwindled one bit, and I found myself enjoying this book far more than others I’ve been reading as of late…. I do not regret at all getting emotionally invested into the world of the Rephaim, and I don’t think I will ever be able to abandon this series. Paula, I consider your third installment in this series to be a success.” – Summer at MissFictional’s Books
“WOW. Guys. If you haven’t read this series yet, go to your local bookstore and PICK IT UP ASAP!!!! … I binge read Shadow, Haze, and Shimmer in a matter of days! … Paula’s writing style is extremely addicting and had me flipping pages just waiting to see what would happen next! … Gaby has definitely made it onto my top female characters! … And then there’s Rafa, my new book boyfriend! … Overall, Shimmer was amazing! One of my favourite reads for 2016 and I can’t wait to get my hands on Burn! Although I really don’t want this series to come to an end o.O” – Patty at Bookish Wanderlove
THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016
“OK, Rephaim, now let’s get in formation, ’cause I slay.” – Did you ever realize that this could be the Rephaim’s battle song?
“If you’re looking for a unique take on fallen angels, something that will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what’s coming next, you absolutely need to start this series. I can’t tell you enough how amazing the characters and the story are. RUN and get the first couple books now!” – Jaime at Fiction Fare
“And the ending! Did that really happen? That last sentence dropped a major bombshell on us with no warning! It was brilliant…. The Rephaim series has been consistently action-packed and suspenseful, leaving you on the edge of your seat, and Shimmer is no exception. I’m so glad we only have to wait a few more months for Burn!” – Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
“The characters. Man I just fell in love with each and every one of them. Okay I’m not loving Daniel quite yet, but I have faith that Paula will make me love him by the end. My three favorites of course are Rafa, Jude, and Gaby but all the Rephaim were amazing.” – Crystal at Winterhaven Books
“This series is one of my absolute favourite angel series of all time and I am so excited and yet scared out of my mind to see how Paula will end everything with these characters. I have truly come to love everyone here, and this is my review on how much I love everything about Paula Weston’s writing!!” – Andrea at Cozy Up With A Good Read
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016
Oh the cliffhanger! By now, you must have all heard about the ending of Shimmer. But have no far, the final book releases in three months so you’ll have all the answers!
“Shimmer is another great installment in the Rephaim series … continues to focus on relationships, which is my favorite aspect of this series. I love these books so much!” – Lauren at Love is not a triangle
“By now I can say without a doubt that Paula Weston’s Rephaim series surpassed all the other angel series that I’ve held dear over the years.” – Joy at Joyousreads
“There’s never a dull moment, with twists and turns and captivating scenes … and the cliff hanger we are left with at the end?! Woah. I cannot wait to see what happens in the final installment of Paula Weston’s Rephaim Series, Burn (which you can except to come back sometime in June and see what I thought of it!)” – Krystal at Krystal’s Stellar Book Blog
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016
Double, double toil and trouble; Secrets, threats, and nightmares bubble. Here’s the recap from today’s blog tour hosts:
“…this book focused on the twins and the other Rephaim relationships and dynamics. Furthermore, we do learn more about the other players in the conflict, and once again it appears that things are not as the initially appear. All of this makes Shimmer a necessary addition to the Rephaim series.” – Lynne at Words of Mystery
“I love the action in this series, and Book 3 doesn’t disappoint…. I also love the intrigue that runs as the backbone of the story…. There were definitely secrets and lies and all the threads on those haven’t been untangled yet. Fortunately for us, the final book Burn is due out this summer so it won’t be too long of a wait to find out what really happened!” – Laura at If It Has Words
“As this is book three and I’m new to the series, I was concerned that I won’t be able to break in. But that wasn’t a problem because there’s a who’s-who character list at the front of the book and the prologue offers a review of events…. Weston is skilled at writing action…. The suspenseful last chapter makes me yearn to read book four Right Now!” – Leanne at Author Leanne Dyck
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016
Welcome! We’re excited to see what the first day brings to our Shimmer blog tour. Book three in the Rephaim series, this is what our tour hosts think:
“We have another winning installment in this series here! If you haven’t checked out The Rephaim yet, I urge you to do so. I’ve read quite a few angel books that just didn’t do anything special with such a rich mythology, but Paula Weston has created a thrilling, compelling series that I will miss very much once it’s concluded.” – Lee at Rally the Readers
“This YA series is a devilishly well-crafted maelstrom of lies, devotion, secrets, prophecy, and espionage.” – Jillian at centre of the universe: the dreaming
“After reading the first two books in the series, I’ve come to expect an adrenaline rush of a read in Shimmer and that was exactly what I got: crazy, kick-ass action, full of unexpected twists and turns and some secrets revealed, fully fleshed out cast of characters, a heroine I can get behind of and root for, sexy, sexy Rafa, the sexual tension between Gaby and Rafa **fans self**, and that cliff-hanger ending that was all kinds of frustrating” – Michelle at Undeniably Book Nerdy
“The Rephaim series keeps getting better by each new book. This is the third book in this series and I honestly can say that Weston doesn’t seem like she’ll be slowing down…. It honestly reads like a movie. There is never a dull moment when it came to the plot and I honestly can’t recommend it enough because I have not read a series that had the complete package…. Honestly all three books, Shadows, Haze, and Shimmer have been excellent.. I can’t really tell you which I liked more because I enjoyed them all immensely.” – Juhina at Maji Bookshelf