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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

Thalia Kids’ Book Club Camp – Day One

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Published on August 3, 2009

The Thalia Kids’ Book Club Camp launched today with a great day full of writing, learning, drawing, reading, and even some acting! After a brief introduction to the new camp and each other, we jumped right into the exciting day with a visit from John Rocco, the cover artist for the kid’s book series Percy Jackson. We learned that he has directed projects for buildings across the nation, Disney, and has even worked on the movie Shrek! John also took us through the artistic process of creating the illustrations not only for book covers but also for entire picture books, which we found out involved a lot of thought and took many stages to complete. The most exciting part, however, was when he showed us a sneak peek of the full-page illustrations for the new collector’s edition of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which doesn’t come out until November! That’s right – besides us, only John Rocco and the author, Rick Riordan, have seen these newly finished images, completed just last week.  John then guided us as we created our own book jackets for Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot, helping us think as book illustrators would think!

John Rocco talks to Kids' Book Club campers about his work

John Rocco talks to Kids' Book Club campers about his work

Campers designing book jackets for "Percy Jackson & the Stolen Chariot"

Campers designing book jackets for "Percy Jackson & the Stolen Chariot"

Helping a camper with his book jacket

Helping a camper with his book jacket

John poses with the campers!

John poses with the campers!

After lunch, we read The True Story of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, then made skits of our own fractured fairy tales – fairy tales with a different point of view or a new, funny twist.  It gave us great ideas to then write our own!

Check out this blog tomorrow night for another update on the Thalia Kids’ Book Club Camp – we’ve got another exciting line-up of authors and activities for tomorrow!  Meanwhile, we asked our campers to share their favorite books with us, so that we can share them with you.  Check them out:

Aimee – The Zoo Doctor
Francesca – A Mango-Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
Fred – Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney
Isaiah – The Warriors series, by Erin Hunter
Jad – The Warriors series, by Erin Hunter
Lizzy – Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
Lucara – Someone Was Watching, by David Patneaude
Lydia – The Warriors series, by Erin Hunter
Madeline – Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick
Marian – Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, and Sherlock Holmes series, by Sir Author Conan Doyle
Matt – The Outsiders, by Susan Eloise Hinton, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Nadia – Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism, by Georgia Byng
Olivia A. – The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart
Olivia P. – The Warriors series, by Erin Hunter
Owen – Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Pascale – Nancy Drew series, by Carolyn Keene
Sarah – The Sinking of the Titanic
Sophia – A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket
Zulma – Holes, by Louis Sachar


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