1st Birthday Contest!

cakePop Goes the Page turns 1 in August, and we’re celebrating with a birthday contest! Here’s how it works. Send us your artistic birthday well-wishes, and the selected winner will receive a $150 online shopping spree at Discount School Supply!

The birthday wishes can take the form of a card, photo, adorable cupcake, artistic sculpture, song – whatever you desire. Behold, for example, our crafty little cake slice above. But before you take a bite, look closer. It’s actually stacked sponges iced with shaving cream (because nothing says “birthday” like Barbarsol).

Entries for the Pop Goes the Page birthday contest must arrive by Friday, July 25th at 5pm. The winner will be featured in our Friday, August 1st post. Complete contest details are below!

Ze Rules & Regulations

  1. While anyone can send us lovely birthday wishes, this contest only applies to residents of the 48 contiguous United States.
  2. 1 submission per person please.
  3. Open to readers of all ages – be you 9 or 99.
  4. The $150 spree must be spent in the “Arts & Crafts” section of the Discount School Supply’s site/catalog (don’t worry, the section is over 100 pages long).
  5. The spree only applies to in-stock items. Items marked with a truck symbol are not eligible for the spree. The $150 prize cannot be applied towards a larger purchase.
  6. Images that include children must be accompanied by a signed Princeton University photo release form for each child.
  7. Digital entries should be e-mailed to: danas@princeton.edu Please make sure that images are a maximum height/width of 15″ and 72dpi.
  8. Physical entries can be mailed to:
    Princeton University Library
    Attn: Dana Sheridan
    1 Washington Road
    Princeton NJ 08544
  9. If you’re local, please feel free to drop your entry off at the Cotsen Children’s Library.
  10. Entries cannot be returned. We reserve the right to photograph or present the entries however we like (but we’ll make sure they look fabulous).
  11. Entries must arrive by Friday, July 25th at 5pm.
  12. The winning entry will be featured in our Friday, August 1st post.
  13. Please be sure to include a name, address, e-mail and/or phone number so we can contact you!

The BiblioFiles Presents: Platte F. Clark

platte f clarkJust posted! An in-depth interview with Platte E. Clark, author of Bad Unicorn and its newly-released sequel, Fluff Dragon.

Max Spencer, middle school student, is about to have a very unusual day. It begins when he drags an old book from under his bed to use for a last-minute book report. Unbeknownst to Max, this book is the legendary Codex of Infinite Knowability, the most powerful book in three worlds, and Max is a descendent of Maximilian Sporazo, the book’s creator. Right now, however, Max is just hoping to avoid the school bully, Ricky “The Kracken” Reynolds, and hang out with Dirk, his hyperactive, game-obsessed best friend.

When Max unknowingly unleashes a spell from the Codex, he transports himself, Dirk, a girl named Sarah, and a disgruntled dwarf named Dwight into a future where humans are extinct and machines have taken over. It’s going to take more than Glenn, the Legendary Dagger of Motivation, to get them out of this mess. As if that isn’t bad enough, Max and his companions are being hunted by a unicorn. A bad unicorn. A nasty, petulant, human-eating unicorn. Princess the Destroyer has agreed to find Max and the Codex in exchange for an all-the-humans-you-can-eat rampage in Texas.

Bad Unicorn is irreverent, ironical, and completely hilarious. Clark composes an epic tale of good versus evil complete with nods to Dungeons & Dragons, computer games, malevolent sci-fi robots, zombies, and 80s arcade games. There’s even a dash of geek romance and an explanation of the true purpose of jackaolopes. Bad Unicorn has it all. The second book in the trilogy, Fluff Dragon, was released last month.

Ready to check it out? Follow this link to get to the BiblioFiles!

Sneak Peek: Cinderella Story

dress on stairsCinderella’s fairy godmother managed to do wonders with rags, rats, mice, lizards and a pumpkin. Local high school artist Vicky Gebert produced something just as miraculous with plastic bags, forks, chicken wire, bubble wrap, and drinking straws!

bodiceWorking over the course of 25 hours, Vicky used wire cutters, hot glue, and scissors to sculpt the dress into existence. In total, she used 5 feet of bubble wrap, 30 trashcan liners, 60 straws, 100 t-shirt bags, 25 forks, 25 feet of plastic blue lace print, 1 Styrofoam box, and 5 feet of chicken wire.

This dress is the centerpiece of a “Cinderella Story” program we’ll be hosting in April. A slew of young stylists (ages 3 – 10) will design and model their own dresses constructed of different materials. In addition to exhibiting her creation, Vicky will be on hand at the program to answer questions and lend her “fairy godmother” artistic talents. I’ll definitely post pictures in April. But I couldn’t resist a little sneak peek today…

dress in archPhotos by Minjie Chen