Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jeff Szpirglas wants ONE MINUTE of your Time!

Jeff Szpirglas loves anything that kids love! His picturebook, Just a Minute!, is a fun take on what can happen in a minute (and an hour, a day, a month, a year…) Meet Jeff at the Turning Pages Literary Festival as part of the day long celebration of books for children and teens on May 15th. Jeff will be presenting at 2pm at The Musem (10 King St. W. Kitchener).

Jeff Szpirglas loves disgusting things, silly things, scary things—in fact, if it appeals to kids, then it appeals to Jeff! Jeff’s first book, the highly acclaimed Gross Universe: Your Guide to All Disgusting Things Under the Sun, was shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers’ Association Science in Society Children’s Book Award and was a finalist for the Independent Publishers Award. His other books include They Did What?!, Fear this Book, and Just a Minute! His stories have been published in Chirp and chickaDEE magazines, where he once worked as the kids’ page editor. And he has written for the television series’ Polka Dot Shorts, Ricky’s Room, and System Crash, and co-produced two radio pieces for CBC’s Out Front. Jeff currently lives in Toronto, where he influenes young minds on a daily basis as a middle school teacher. You can find Jeff on Facebook and on Twitter. His books are published by Owl Kids, you can become a fan of Owl on Facebook too!

Did you know that in just a minute -Your heart will beat 60 to 100 times, Your kitchen faucet will send 2 to 4 gallons of water down the drain, A cheetah racing after its food will run the length of 4 to 5 football fields?

Just a Minute! A Crazy Adventure in Time is more than just a picture book; it couples a delightfully zany story with a fact-filled look at what can happen in a minute (and an hour, a day, a month, a year…) So what can happen in just a minute? Readers will have to follow David (who is almost 5 million minutes old) through his wacky day to find out!

It’s the weekend and David’s family has big plans to go to the zoo, but their outing takes some decidedly unusual turns—including escaped animals, a crashed movie set, and backyard hi-jinks. As readers come along for the ride, they learn a myriad of facts (featured as bubbles on the pages) related to what can happen in a minute in the world all around them.
For example:
- An elephant, the world’s largest land mammal, only averages around 30 heartbeats a minute. That’s 50 times slower than the world’s smallest shrew!

- In one minute, a good marathon runner can run 230 meters (755 feet)—the length of about 3 downtown city blocks.

- Most movies run 100 minutes long. That works out to 2,700 meters (9,000 feet) of film to make up a movie you see in the theater. That’s nearly 100 basketball courts long!

Vivid and energetic artwork is the perfect complement to the lively text. Plus, a special section at the back of the book presents a brief history of time devices, from sundials to water clocks and candle clocks, all the way through to atomic clocks. Howlingly funny, surprising, and fascinating, this is a tour through time that readers won’t want to miss!

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