SpineOut : October - November 2018
MEET KAREN FOXLEE MEET THE AUTHOR ONE river, which was a few streets from our house, built cubby-houses and forts, played in the park, rode our bikes out to the Barkly Highway and watched the big road trains coming in and waved at them until they sounded their air horns, and played a LOT of sport. We also had an encyclopedia set arrive in my childhood home when I was around eight and we spent hours exploring its pages. We loved those books until they literally fell apart. Encyclopedias hold a wealth of knowledge about the world (and obviously would have been particularly valuable pre-internet), but as far as reading material goes, some might consider them a little dry. What is it Lenny and Davey find so fascinating about the entries? I think they love the sheer diversity of what they are reading about and the novelty of having that knowledge delivered to them. It’s like the whole world is slowly, week by week, moving into their little living room on Second Street. Right from the start, they are fascinated by what the As contain, from the abominable snowman to amoeba, and they start to think ahead to what the other volumes might hold. But they aren’t always happy with what they read. Sometimes they are bored. Sometimes disappointed. Sometimes they feel the entries lack detail. They have definite favourites and entries they return to again and again – birds and beetles in particular. SPINEOUT CHALLENGE Using video editing software or Microsoft Powerpoint, make a 30-second trailer or presentation that acts as a teaser for Lenny’s Book of Everything. Make readers want to grab this book and start reading it immediately. Start with an idea that you think will create intrigue and interest, then storyboard your idea before you begin to create your book trailer video. Decide if you will use actors, drawings or photos, and how you will move from one image to another, e.g. dissolve, cut, wipe, etc. Write some text to include in your trailer, perhaps some intriguing questions or present a cliffhanger mystery, or focus on the characters in the book.
August - September 2018