Thursday, January 14, 2010

SNEAK PEEK! Exquisite Corpse Adventure Episode 9

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Episode 9

Goes LIVE Friday, January 15
on Read.Gov

The latest installment in The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, the online story game starring eleven-year old twins Nancy and Joe and a cast of other wacky and sometimes bizarre characters, will be published tomorrow, January 15, on Read.Gov.

Episode 9 was written by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. A crop of Chris' magical illustration appears at right.

And here's a sneak peek at how Episode 9 starts:

Nancy was none too fond of thunder. (It had something to do with her being shot out of a cannon one time too many as a young child. ) Fortunately, Nancy had no inkling of the coming storm.

Nancy, Joe, Max, and Genius Kelly pressed on to the hill and the sea beyond. It seemed to Joe that they had been walking for quite some time and still there was no sea in sight.

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a reading and writing outreach project jointly sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the NCBLA. Created by a dream team of eighteen award-winning authors and illustrators, a new episode is published every two weeks. The NCBLA has created an extensive educational resource center in conjunction with the talented professors and staff at the Butler Children's Literature Center at Dominican University to help parents, teachers, librarians, and homeschoolers maximize the educational opportunities presented by The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.

Buttressing the educational mission of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is The Exquisite Prompt, the coordinating writing contest for kids of all ages sponsored by Reading Rockets. Prompts for January are inspired by Exquisite Corpse Adventure authors Gregory Maguire and Patricia and Fredrick McKissack.

Episode 9 author Nikki Grimes is a New York Times best-selling author and prolific artist, who has written many award-winning books for children and young adults. Her works include the novels Bronx Masquerade (Dial), winner of the 2003 Coretta Scott King Author Award; and Jazmin's Notebook (Dial), a Coretta Scott King honor book and Bank Street College Book of the Year; the popular poetry collections Danitra Brown, Class Clown, Danitra Brown Leaves Town (HarperCollins) and Meet Danitra Brown (Lothrop), an ALA Notable and Coretta Scott King honor book. More recent books include Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel and Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book.

Episode 9 illustrator Chris Van Dusen is the author and illustrator of Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee (Chronicle), A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee (Chronicle), and If I Built a Car. Van Dusen also illustrated Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson series (Candlewick). His latest book is The Circus Ship (Candlewick Press).

Check back next week for an exclusive interview with Nikki Grimes!

Illustration © Chris Van Dusen 2009