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all things space-themed

When Stuart and I were visiting the Reeve house on Dartmoor, we spotted two Poglite visitors perched on top of the piano, gently waving about their tentacles:



And then the Reeves notices that all their spoons had disappeared, and I know for certain that these two occurences were linked. Poglites have never managed to develop their own spoon technology, and they are always on the prowl for these treasures.

And just today, Zoe Toft pointed out this article that would have interested the Poglites very much:



Philip and I particularly admired the spoon for disposing of horrific soups:



If you've been following Zoe's Playing by the Book blog, you will have seen that she and her family have already made forays into the world of spoon valuation:





Perhaps some day Reeve & McIntyre will write a Poglite song - and play the spoons! - but in the meantime, you can hear our first Cakes in Space song, as performed at Budleigh Salterton:




But Cakes in Space is not the only new space book, there's an amazing one coming out next week! Kids, adults, librarians, everyone, go get a copy of James Turner's STAR CAT.



James is possibly the funniest writer of comics on the planet, and you can't go wrong with this book. His humour works on many levels; from slapstick to breath-takingly absurd metaphysics. ...Oh, and the London launch party at Gosh is NEXT THURSDAY! Do go along if you can, and get James to sign and doodle in your book:



Besides Gosh comics, another great place to buy STAR CAT online is from The Phoenix Comic's own shop (where you can get lots of other great comics, too.). Check out James's website and you can follow him on Twitter as @eruditebaboon. If you love STAR CAT, be sure to check out his earlier amazing book, Super Animal Adventure Squad... and subscribe to get a weekly dose of comics from The Phoenix Comic!

Speaking of comics, be sure to check out Neill Cameron's blog: he's been writing up a storm about how to get kids reading using comics. I back him 100%, this is something I really believe in.



Comics And Literacy, Part 1: Why Reading Comics Matters

Part 2: The (New) Golden Age of Children's Comics

Part 3: Things You Can Do

Follow him on Twitter as @neillcameron and keep an eye on the #ComicsAndLiteracy hash tag.

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(Anonymous)
Oct. 2nd, 2014 09:50 am (UTC)
Spoons rock :) Just in case it is of interest - there's a MOOC that's recently started all about American comics (mostly aimed at adults), but I'm enjoying it as I'm learning a lot about how comics work: https://class.coursera.org/comics-002, Comic Books and Graphic Novels
by Prof. William Kuskin
jabberworks
Oct. 2nd, 2014 10:00 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks, Zoe! (And thanks for alerting me to your comment on Twitter! I've just unspammed it, LiveJournal is being hyper-sensitive to anything with a link in it.) :p

Here's a live version of your link: https://class.coursera.org/comics-002

Edited at 2014-10-02 10:01 am (UTC)
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