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Book recommendation: Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dina Simpson

Book cover

Book cover

Phoebe is skipping stones one day when she hits a unicorn, who, of course, grants her a wish. And so Phoebe and Marigold Heavenly Nostrils become best friends.

This lovely comic strip chronicles their adventures as precocious Phoebe and not-so-modest, ultra-fabulous Marigold navigate elementary school, bullies, parties, and ordinary life.

Kids will enjoy the colorful illustrations and situations; adults will devour the allusions and witty word play. Love it!

For teachers: Publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing offers a free teacher’s guide with CCSS-aligned activities for grades 3-5.

Book info

Age Range: 8 to 12 (But enjoyable for all ages)
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781449446208
Publication Date: 9/2/2014
Pages: 224
Ebook available too.

Writing on writing: New collection of Vanity Fair essays out now!

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for short, interesting texts to complement the assigned readings in our course9780143111764s. This essay collection is perfect for that purpose.

Previously published in Vanity Fair magazine, these essays highlight the breadth and depth of the magazine’s commitment to the literary life. The gimmick is simple but effective: assign one writer to examine the life or work of another and read what happens. The essays are a glorious, eclectic mix of styles, lengths, and vantage points, so every reader will find something to enjoy. This is a collection to be dipped into, savored, and shared with students, who will benefit both from the content and the style of the pieces.

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