Have you ever had a dream that felt so real, you swore you weren’t even asleep? I just read a great book that reminded me of this kind of feeling.
The Sleeping Gypsy by Mordicai Gerstein is all about an artist named Henri Rousseau who has a dream about a girl falling asleep in the middle of the desert. While the girl is sleeping, a group of curious animals come up to her one by one, to get a better look.
Then, out of nowhere, the animals spot a strange figure coming towards them. It’s Henri, the artist who’s having the dream! Why is he there? What will he say to the animals? What happens after he wakes up? You’ll have to check out this book to find out.
Summer’s almost here and we’ve got the perfect giveaway to celebrate!
We’re giving THREE lucky readers the chance to WIN a pack of Lonely Planet Kids activity books including Boredom Buster: Games for the Road, My Family Travel Map, and My Travel Adventure.
But first, find out what OWL reader Olivia had to say about these fun books!
These books are fun for the road! You can be creative and awesome in your own way. Whether it’s maps or journals or boredom busters, you can have fun. There are games and fun activities in Boredom Buster. In My Family Travel Map, you can put stickers on a giant map to show where you’ve been. And in My Travel Journal, you can do fun activities and write about your trips so you don’t forget them. These are great books to bring on any vacation.
For your chance to WIN this prize pack of books, just tell us:
You’ve probably heard of the Titanic, the “unsinkable” ship that sank in 1912. It went down after colliding with an iceberg on its very first voyage and was lost somewhere on the ocean floor.
It was an amazing discovery when underwater archaeology expert Dr. Robert Ballard finally found the Titanic on September 1st, 1985. This was the first time anyone had seen the now-legendary ocean liner in the 73 years since it sank. All those years, it had been sitting at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland.
It’s been about 103 years since the Titanic was lost at sea. But today—September 1st, 2015—is the 30th anniversary of its groundbreaking discovery.
We here at Owlkids wanted to do something special to mark the occasion, so we’ve decided to give away a copy of SOS! Titanic! to one lucky OWL reader.
In SOS! Titanic!, friends Emily and Matt are magically transported back to the doomed ship the day before it sinks. Can the two friends convince Captain Smith to turn the Titanic around or change its course? Can they help their new friend Maddy and her aunt survive the disaster? Is the “unsinkable” ship going to sink no matter what they do or say?
To enter the giveaway, tell us why you would like a copy of SOS! Titanic!
Comment below or email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contest closes September 11, 2015, at 11:59pm. Winner will be randomly chosen and announced on the blog. Full contest rules and regulations can be seen here.
OWL reader Ryan, 13, reviewed The Art of LEGO Design by Jordan Schwartz. Check out his review below!
I’ve been building with LEGO and other building systems my entire life and have learned many tips and tricks along the way. So I was surprised that I didn’t recognize a single trick in this book! Most tricks didn’t even enter my mind.
I’m interested in a specific trick that appeared throughout most of the book, and that was the emphasis on using the arms and hands from mini-figures in any model, not only for details but also as connectors. Another unusual trick I learned is to put together two pieces that aren’t supposed to connect. I thought of this trick as an amateur before but when used correctly, it really adds an interesting new level of detail.
By far my favourite section in the book is the sci-fi section, and more specifically, the pages on making mech-suits. I’ve created my fair share of sci-fi models before, but never a mech-suit. The overall incredibility yet simplicity of the author’s finished products is inspiring to me and I plan to make my own mech-suit design.
Overall, this book is professionally geared towards truly dedicated designers, and will really improve my building skills and perspective. I give it 10/10.
Thanks for your review, Ryan! Sounds like this will be a big hit with LEGO fans!