Blái hnötturinn | The Blue Planet

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„Einu sinni var blár hnöttur lengst úti í geimnum. Við fyrstu sýn virtist þetta bara vera ósköp venjulegur blár hnöttur …“
“Once upon a time there was a blue planet far out in space. At first sight, it looked like a very ordinary blue planet …”
– Andri Snær Magnason: Sagan af bláa hnettinum / The Story of the Blue Planet.

♦ Bókamessa. Svona er líka hægt að myndskreyta Söguna af bláa hnettinum: með súkkulaði, eins og gert var í Alþjóðaskólanum á Íslandi í tilefni af Barnabókamessu skólans 2013 s.l. laugardag. Þar voru reyndar ótal litlir bláir hnettir gleyptir af ógurlegum svartholum …

♦ Book Fair. There are many ways to illustrate a book. Here it is The Story of the Blue Planet : 3D in chocolate, as done by students in The International School in Iceland to celebrate the Children’s Book Fair  2013 last Saturday But as you know, small planets tend to get swallowed by big black holes …

Tenglar | Links:
US: The Story of the Blue Planet – Seven Stories Press | US Amazon | Barnes and Noble |
UK: The Story of the Blue Planet – Pushkin Press | UK Amazon | Pushkin Press Shop
IS: Sagan af bláa hnettinum – Forlagið. 

Blái hnötturinn USA ISL UK

Illustrations by Áslaug Jónsdóttir

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 – 
Kirkus
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!