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.

Þrjár kápur | Three covers

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BókaútgáfaSagan af bláa hnettinum eftir Andra Snæ Magnason heldur áfram að gera víðreist. Nú er hvað úr hverju von á bresku útgáfunni hjá Pushkin Press í London. Ég fékk eintakið mitt með póstinum í síðustu viku (til hægri). Bandaríska útgáfan (til vinstri) kom út í lok síðasta árs hjá  Seven Stories Press og hefur fengið fína dóma og viðurkenningar. Báðar þessar útgáfur eru í öðru broti en íslenska frumútgáfan og dökki geimurinn á kápunni fékk að fjúka. Kápu- og bókarhönnun var í höndum erlendu útgefendanna.

 Bókadómur. School Library Journal birti á dögunum bókadóm um Söguna af bláa hnettinum og hann má lesa hér fyrir neðan. Þar segir m.a.: „Well-paced, with some wonderful, story-enhancing color illustrations.“

Book release. The UK-version of The Story of the Blue Planet by Andri Snær Magnason is soon to be released by Pushkin Press in London. I got my copy in the mail last week. The US-version (left) was published several months ago by Seven Stories Press and has received excellent reviews and honors. The two English versions have the original illustrations, but differ quite a bit from the original edition in layout. Cover and book design was made by the publishing houses.

♦ Book review. School Library Journal has published a review on The Story of the Blue Planet, stating: “Well-paced, with some wonderful, story-enhancing color illustrations.”

“Those who enjoyed Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm (Dutton, 2010) may find Magnason’s cautionary ecological tale a perfect compliment. Like Gidwitz, Magnason does not shy away from graphic descriptions of danger and death. That being said, as in all good fables, he begins with once upon a time and readers learn of an innocuous-looking blue planet floating in space. It is inhabited solely by children, who live an idyllic, although somewhat savage life (they hunt for food, even clubbing seals). They are happy and this is most fully realized once a year when the butterflies of the Blue Mountains follow the sun across the sky, a beautiful and breathtaking sight. But as in all good tales and life itself, things are never static. Enter the villain, Mr. Goodday, who lands on the planet and is discovered by the protagonists, Brimir and Hulda. Mr. Goodday, over the course of a very short time, corrupts the children by giving them the power to fly and by introducing them to, among other things, the concept of sefishness. In the process the planet is corrupted as well, affecting the entire ecosystem. After a number of harrowing events, Mr. Goodday is outsmarted by Hulda, who offers to fulfill his greatest wish in return for restoring the children and planet to their former states. Well-paced, with some wonderful, story-enhancing color illustrations.” — Mary Beth Rassulo, Ridgefield Library, CT

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!

 

Fréttir af bláa hnettinum | News of the Blue Planet

 Myndlýsingar. Sagan af bláa hnettinum  eftir Andra Snæ Magnason heldur áfram að kvisast út um heiminn. Nú fá til dæmis börnin í Brasilíu að njóta ævintýrsins. Útgáfan er að hætti hússins: með upprunalegum myndum og í umbroti frumútgáfunnar. A história do planeta azul  kemur út hjá Hedra, São Paulo.

Í september gaf norska forlagið Commentum í Sandnes út Det var engang en blå planet  og heldur sig einnig við upprunalegt útlit, með einhverjum útúrdúrum í leturmeðferðinni, eins og sjá má á kápu.

Og á dögunum kom svo út ensk útgáfa hjá bandaríska fyrirtækinu Seven Stories Press. Upprunalegar myndir fylgja The Story of the Blue Planet, en brot, kápa og annað útlit er talsvert frábrugðið frumútgáfu. Það skal tekið fram að um umbrot og hönnun sá TK / Seven Stories Press.

Ég hef enn ekki handleikið þessar útgáfur en bíð spennt eftir eintökum. Áfram Blái!

 Book illustration. The Story of the Blue Planet  by Andri Snær Magnason is now being published in Brazil. It has the original illustrations and follows the design I made in 1999. A história do planeta azul  is published by Hedra, São Paulo.

In Norway it’s Commentum í Sandnes that publishes Det var engang en blå planet, also sticking to the original design and illustrations, though the cover typo looks somewhat different.

And then there is the English version: The Story of the Blue Planet, published by Seven Stories Press, making it available also in Canada, UK, Ireland and Australia. This English version has the original illustrations, but differs quite a lot from the original edition. Cover and book design by TK / Seven Stories Press. Though I have not yet received a copy of the book, I still think the original design is worth copying.

As in the other twenty-something countries the book has been published in, I am sure that many will enjoy this amazing book.