ERIN SODERBERG: BOOKS FOR KIDS
A most unusual family lives down the block...HAVE YOU MET THE QUIRKS?
THE FINAL QUIRKS BOOK is in stores now! Don't miss the conclusion to the series!
There's a new Quirk in town! In the last book in the QUIRKS series, you'll meet mysterious, fun-loving Uncle Cork and join the Quirks on a field trip to a spooky museum. Monsters, monsters everywhere...and plenty of big surprises!
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A QUIRKALICIOUS SCAVENGER HUNT
In The Quirks and the Quirkalicious Birthday, the Quirk girls can't wait for their Grandpa Quill's annual Quirkalicious Birthday Hunt - a week-long scanveger hunt with strange clues, silly riddles, and lots of curious and interesting mini gifts.
To celebrate the recent release of the third book in the QUIRKS series, I've designed a fun Bookalicious Scavenger Hunt that will lead you to some of my family's favorite books. Can you puzzle out these clues to find the right title?
1) What does a cow say? Can you spot this picture book by a Minnesota author/illustrator pair?
2) Pee-ta, a turtle, and sweet, silly Fudge…the little brother in this chapter book helped inspire the character of Finn in THE QUIRKS!
3) Like graphic novels? Say cheese and ______!
4) Know what’s terrific? How radiant you are! (Don’t be humble…it’s true.) Also, I should tell you—that is SOME PIG. Can you untangle this web?
5) Searching for a silly family, a big ball of ABC gum, and a lovable pet monster? Look no further than Normal!
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LOVE YOUR QUIRKS
In The Quirks: Welcome to Normal, the Quirk family is thrilled that they get to be a part of their town's annual festival - Normal Night - a fun event where the people of Normal, Michigan, work together to try to break a very abnormal record. This year, the town of Normal is trying to build the world's largest ball of ABC (already-been-chewed) gum.
To celebrate THE QUIRKS and their Quirks, I wanted to share some other QUIRKY achievements and world records. There are towns all over the world who have some quirky claim to fame...let's find them, and celebrate them! Here are a few fun ones:
#1: The WORLD'S LARGEST BALL OF TWINE, made by Francis A. Johnson in the town of Darwin, MN. Mr. Johnson began rolling his fabulous twine ball in March 1950, and rolled for four hours every day for 29 years! The twine ball is 12 feet in diameter, and weighs more than 17,000 pounds. Hooray for twine!
#2: The second Quirky claim-to-fame is in Hayward, WI, where they are proud to be the home of: THE WORLD'S LARGEST FIBERGLASS FISH! Random... and quirky... and fabulous. Go, Hayward!
#3: Here's a Quirky claim-to-fame that the Quirks' pet monster, Niblet, can appreciate. Le Mars, IA is: THE ICE CREAM CAPITAL OF THE WORLD! More ice cream is produced by a single company than in any other city in the world. Gotta love a town that celebrates ice cream!
#4: This one is not a Quirky claim-to-fame, but rather a celebration of TOWNS WITH CRAZY-QUIRKY NAMES:
#5: This Quirky destination/claim-to-fame just happens to be a perfect fit with the first QUIRKS book: SEATTLE'S GUM WALL! This amazing "art" runs for about 50 feet along Post Alley, and apparently it's one of the germiest tourist attractions on earth. The people of Normal, MI, would probably love to send their ABC gum-ball to Seattle for display in Post Alley!
#6: WHAT'S YOUR QUIRK? Come on...everyone's got one. Think about it. What makes you special and unique and totally YOU?
Arrrrrr you ready to set sail with a pirate ship full of puppies?
The first four books in this fun new chapter book series are available in bookstores, at Target, and through Scholastic Book Clubs now! Four more adventures are on the horizon.
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April 29, 2016: Guest Speaker at Twin Cities Catholic Librarian Conference
May 5-7, 2016: Presenter at the Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference at the LOFT Literary Center
June 23, 2016 (6 pm): Panelist at Friends of Washburn Library Event (Minneapolis, MN)
July 19, 2016: Puppy Pirates Super Special #1: GHOST SHIP available in stores!
July 26, 2016 (6:30 pm): Puppy Pirates event at the Oakdale Library (free and open to the public!)
December 27, 2016: Puppy Pirates #5: SEARCH FOR THE SEA MONSTER available in stores!
2017: Two more Puppy Pirates adventures on the horizon!
For a list of schools I've visited, as well as past events & presentations, please look on the School Visit page!
Text copyright by Erin Soderberg Downing.
Quirks 1/2/3 cover and interior art copyright by Kelly Light.
Quirks 4 cover copyright by Colin Jack.
Puppy Pirates cover art copyright by Luz Tapia.
Puppy Pirates interior art copyright by Russ Cox.