Fiðrildaflug í London | A Blue Planet and butterflies in London

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♦ Myndskreytingar. Ég fékk þessa skemmtilegu mynd á Twitter í morgun! Bókabúðin Tales On Moon Lane fékk leyfi til að nota myndir úr Sögunni af bláa hnettinum til gluggaskreytinga. Bókabúðin er í Herne Hill í London og hlaut m.a. viðurkenningu árið 2011: The Walker Independent Children’s Bookshop of the Year 2011. Sagan af bláa hnettinum kemur út hjá Pushkin Press í London. Sjá einnig fyrri frétt um bókadóm.

♦ Illustrations. This image was on my screen via Twitter this morning: A lovely decoration in the bookstore Tales On Moon Lane in East London. Looks very inviting! This ambitious bookstore was chosen The Walker Independent Children’s Bookshop of the Year 2011.
The Story of the Blue Planet is published by Pushkin Press, London. Reviews and more here.

Bókadómur: Sagan af bláa hnettinum í Bretlandi | The Story of the Blue Planet: reviewed in Books for Keeps

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♦ Bókadómar. Sagan af bláa hnettinum eftir Andra Snæ Magnason var að fá góðan dóm í Bretlandi í tímaritinu Books for Keeps undir greinartitlinum „Editor’s Choice“. Hér má lesa dóminn og hér: Books for Keeps. Útgefandi bókarinnar í Bretlandi er Pushkin Press.

♦ Book Review. The Story of the Blue Planet by  Andri Snær Magnason is the Editor’s Choice in this month’s Books for Keeps, an online children’s book magazine in the UK. The Story of the Blue Planet published by Pushkin Press.

“With attractive illustrations by Áslaug Jónsdóttir, which have gained her international recognition, The Story of the Blue Planet has already been made into a play and translated into sixteen languages from the original Icelandic, before finding a publisher here in Pushkin Press, a company newly established with the express purpose of “sharing the very best stories from around the world.” This is an excellent choice to kick off their list. Ambitious and intriguing, it creates a fable whose contemporary relevance will be easily grasped by its intended readers. In its mix of social satire and religious overtones, it reminds me of Wilde’s fairy tales. … there is nothing that I can think of in contemporary English language writing for children that has this kind of ambition.” –  Clive Barnes

Tenglar: Fyrri frétt um dóma í Bandaríkjunum.
Heimasíða Andra Snæs.
Links: Post on reviews in the USA.
Andri Snær Magnason’s homepage.

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Þrír dagar | Three days

Viðburðir. Í dag, 24. apríl, er síðasti vetrardagur eins og berlega kom í ljós með snjókomu í Reykjavík í morgun. Í gær, 23. apríl, var Dagur bókarinnar og alla vikuna eru áhugaverðir bókmenntaviðburðir vítt og breitt um borgina, eins og lesa má á vef Bókmenntaborgarinnar. Í fyrradag, 22. apríl, var Dagur Jarðar, þó allir dagar séu í raun dagar Jarðar og dagar góðra bóka. Á vefnum The Children’s Book Review var bent á að Sagan af bláa hnettinum eftir Andra Snæ Magnason væri ákjósanleg lesning á Degi Jarðar og það sama gerði útgefandinn, Seven Stories Press.

Eftir tæpa þrjá daga er kosið til Alþingis. Ég mæli með því að þeir sem vanræktu Dag Jarðar og Dag bókarinnar rifji upp til dæmis Draumalandið eða Söguna af bláa hnettinum fyrir kosningar. Ryksugandi sölumenn hafa safnað fiðrildadufti, slá ryki í augu, slá um sig og bjóðast til þess að negla sólina fasta yfir Íslandi. Ekki kjósa Gleði-Glaum.

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Events. Today, 24th of April, is the last day of winter in Iceland, so of course it snowed heavily this morning! Yesterday, 23rd of April, was World Book Day, which is celebrated the whole week in Reykjavik Unesco City of Literature, with many interesting book events. The day before, 22nd of April, was Earth Day. All in all a good reason to celebrate, although every day should be a day of the Earth and a day of a good book. In The Children’s Book Review, The Story of the Blue Planet by Andri Snær Magnason was selected on a list of recommended reading on Earth Day. The publisher, Seven Stories Press, also pointed that out.

In less than three days we have parliamentary elections in Iceland. I recommend good reading before voting: two books by Andri Snær: Dreamland: A Self-Help Guide for a Frightened Nation, and The Story of the Blue Planet. I fear that too many will put their vote on Gleesome Goodday and his promises of flying in endless sunlight.

Bókadómar í Bandaríkjum | Book reviews in USA

UsSaganAfBlaa Bókadómar. Sagan af bláa hnettinum eftir Andra Snæ Magnason fær fína dóma vestan hafs. Lesa má meira um það hjá forlaginu Seven Stories Press í New York og heimasíðu Andra Snæs. Að vanda er teiknarans ekki alltaf getið, en hér plokkaði ég út hrósið svo því sé haldið til haga.

 Book ReviewThe Story of the Blue Planet  by Andri Snær Magnason (illustrated by Áslaug Jónsdóttir), published by Seven Stories Press, New York, has received excellent reviews in the States. Read more about it here: at Seven Stories Press or on Andri Snær Magnason’s homepage. As usual the illustrator is not always mentioned but I still managed to pick out some praise.

Typographical Era:
“Magnason’s beautifully illustrated and expertly translated book is charming, eccentric, moving, and humbling – often reminiscent of Roald Dahl or William Steig.” – Karli Cude
Typographical Era:
“Of course any review of this particular tale would be incomplete with a mention about the artwork, some of which is sampled here. While it certainly won’t be to everyone’s liking, it does possess a uniqueness about it that binds the reader to the story, propelling them ever deeper into the world that Magnason has gleefully created. It’s both playful and innocent in a way that matches his young subjects.” – Aaron Westerman
Truthout:
“It’s a delightful and pointed tale. Indeed, The Story of the Blue Planet, aided by Aslaug Jonsdottir’s fanciful and evocative illustrations, raises important issues about greed, collaboration, friendship and trust that will kick-start discussions among children and their caretakers.” – Eleanor J Bader
Books for Kids:
“The illustrations are lovely and offer a visual stimulus for the story.  This is one of those books that I think every child should read.” – Dena / Books for Kids

The New York Times – Stealing the Sunlight by Amanda Little
Publishers Weekly – 
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The Complete Review

Sagan af bláa hnettinum hlýtur viðurkenningu | Green Earth Book Awards

NatGen-book-seal2 Bókaverðlaun. Sagan af bláa hnettinum eftir Andra Snæ Magnason hlaut á dögunum viðurkenningu í Bandaríkjunum þegar tilkynnt var að bókin hefði hlotið The Green Earth Honor Awards 2013. Verðlaunað er í fimm flokkum en sjö bækur hljóta að auki heiðursverðlaun og var Sagan af bláa hnettinum, í þýðingu Julian Meldon D’Arcy, ein þeirra. Það er The Nature Generation sem veitir verðlaunin, en þau voru veitt í fyrsta sinn árið 2005. Sagan af bláa hnettinum er gefin út hjá Seven Stories Press í New York og er með upprunalegum myndskreytingum en í broti ólíku frumútgáfunni.

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 Book Prize. The Story of the Blue Planet  by Andri Snær Magnason (illustrated by yours truly: Áslaug Jónsdóttir) has been announced a winner of the Green Earth Honor Awards 2013, awarded by The Nature Generation, first handed out in 2005. The Story of the Blue Planet  is translated by Julian Meldon D’Arcy and published by Seven Stories Press, New York. It has the original illustrations, though the format and layout differs from the original. Follow the links above to read more!

♦ Uppfært 6. apríl 2013: Stoltur handhafi The Green Earth Honor Awards 2013Andri Snær Magnason, sendi í dag skeyti með myndinni hér fyrir neðan, en verðlaunin voru afhent í gær, 5. apríl, í tengslum við Salisbury University Read Green Festival í Maryland. Til hamingju Andri Snær!

photoASMweb♦ Updated April 6. 2013: I just received a mail with this photo from a proud winner of the Green Earth Honor Awards 2013Andri Snær Magnason, who accepted the prize yesterday, April 5., at Salisbury University Read Green Festival in Maryland. Congratulations Andri Snær!