Out of the Bottle Book Reviews

I’m coming out of my bottle to talk about my favorite books!

The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi
Simon & Schuster

Inspiring wonder with an imaginative new trilogy, Caldecott Honor winner Tony DiTerlizzi creates a unique and timeless story. Forced to flee her underground sanctuary, twelve-year old Eva Nine, with the help of her Multi Utility Task Help Robot (a.k.a. MUTHR), sets out on a quest to find others of her kind. By holding up special illustrations to a computer’s webcam, readers can explore an interactive map through WondLa-Vision (a.k.a. augmented reality). Watch the story come alive!

I had the pleasure of meeting Tony DiTerlizzi in New York at a party for this book.  Having started the book beforehand, I was already enchanted by the story.  He is such an amazing and talented man.  During the party, Tony showed us just how augmented reality works.  When he held up his book to a web-cam, there was an audible gasp from the audience as a detailed map of Eva Nine’s world popped up.  The characters could be seen running around and when Tony moved the book, the map moved too!  It was an exciting experience!  Of course, the book is excellent even without that.  Tony has  breathtaking illustrations throughout the book. 

Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper
Roaring Brook Press

Based on a true story about a house-maid, Anne Green, who was wrongly tried and hanged for murder in 1650, only to survive and awaken on a dissection table among a group of physicians and medical students. Newes from the Deadis told in two voices: Anne Greene’s as she lay trapped within her own body, not knowing if she is alive or dead, and Robert Matthews, a shy medical student attending his first dissection when he notices that Anne’s eyes seem to “flutter”.  This compelling novel concludes with an excerpt of the original 1651 “Newes from the Dead” article. 

I don’t usually like morbid stories, but I couldn’t resist this one.  Mary Hooper has a beautiful way with words and completely enthralled me with this story.  If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be trapped in your own body, read this and hope it never happens to you!

Writer’s Block

You know the term writer’s block.  It’s a scary and frustrating time when you are on a deadline.   What do you do when you reach this conundrum?  Sometimes you just need to focus on something else.  

I’ve developed a fun game to generate ideas and get your creative thoughts flowing once again.

How to play:

1. Develop Writer’s Block

2. Visit Editor Genie’s Writer’s Block game

3. Read the beginning of a story and add 1 paragraph to further the story.

4. Reread, laugh, write!

Ready?  I’ll start:

Title: Writer’s Block

Sally sat on her bed writing the next great novel when she heard a scratching at the door.  Being a cautious woman, she quietly got up, grabbed the nearest sharpie marker, and crept to the door.  She listened. 

tap… tap… tap…

Trembling, Sally cautiously looked through the peep hole.  Having seen many horror films, she knew not to get too close or she’d risk her eye being stabbed through with an awl.   What she saw caused her more fear than she’d ever experienced in her whole life.  It was the dreaded WRITER’S BLOCK!

(Story to be continued by the next Writer’s Block victim.)