Monday, May 09, 2011

It will be a Zany Sunday

on May 15th with kids authors Jeff Szpirglas and Danielle Saint-Onge!

Jeff Szpirglas lead an awesome session for kids at last year's Turning Pages Festival. We are super excited to be bringing him back to Waterloo, this time with his wife, Danielle Saint-Onge. The couple have written a book together that they will be sharing with us on May 15th, in the store at 2pm.


Jamie loves sharks. He reads about them. He talks about them. Sometimes he even pretends to be a shark. Too bad no one else wants to join his Shark Club. His peers and parents are quickly growing tired of his current obsession.

When Jamie's teacher, Mr. Claxton, brings in a new class pet, Jamie is put in charge. But Jamie has an accident while feeding it, and everyone becomes upset with him. He needs to find a way to make things right. In the end, he comes up with a solution that pleases both his teacher and classmates, a solution that also gives Jamie an opportunity to share his newest obsession—lizards.


How many times have you been frightened and felt the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Or been unable to hold back a laugh? Or flinched when an object whizzed by, too close for comfort? The thing is, you just can't help yourself - you're only human! This unique book provides a cultural, historical, and socio-biological perspective on human behavior. Szpirglas's goofy, kid-friendly sensibility paired with the book's look, energy, and scope is guaranteed to engage and captivate young readers. Children read about body language, birth order, staring contests, fits of laughter, crowd behavior, sniffing dirty diapers, yawning, dreaming, and the art of lying - only to realize that science is at work behind each action! You Just Can't Help It! is an enthralling and slightly zany exploration of the basic human biology that determines our reactions, social interactions, and the ways we communicate with one another.

This event is part of our Family Sunday program, a fun filled hour of story time, crafts and games for kids and their parents (or Grandparents). Each afternoon is centered around a theme or specific author.This event series is suitable for pre-school to older children.

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