Monday, October 31, 2011

These Treats Are No Tricks

Since today's Halloween, I went trick-or-treating along with some human friends, and, boy, did I get some great kitty treats.

Thanks, "Flat" Cauli III, for posing while I took the photo.  That Halloween basket was hand-made especially for moi.  Well, actually, it's been sitting in a closet for some time now, but I got to use it to trick-or-treat.  The Lady With the Red Hair made it.  She's so talented!

Drawer Dude and Buffalo Gal designed my Halloween mask.  I blogged about it recently, but here are the photos again.

Did you go trick-or-treating, too?  What'd you get?  I'll share some of my treats if any of yours looks good.  Well, you probably wouldn't like mine, since they're made for cats.  May I still share some of yours? Just kidding.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Scary Stories at Pioneer Park

Last night Miss Suzanne (Broadway Gal) told some pretty scary Halloween stories at Mooresville Pioneer Park.  A crowd of candlelit onlookers sat spellbound as Broadway Gal spun her tales of terror.  I wasn't scared, of course, because I am, after all, a black cat.

I was there, but I stayed in the shadows (those candle flames could scorch my fur!), so "Flat" Cauli III and the Lady With the Red Hair sat at the picnic table.

One of Broadway Gal's stories was taken from local folklore. According to legend, if you make a wish at the grave of Samuel Moore, founder of Mooresville, Indiana, at exactly midnight on Halloween night, your wish will come true.  I decided to try it.

I don't think it worked, but that's because I was there at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, which was October 28.  So I guess I didn't follow the wish-granting rules.  It's just folklore, of course, but it's kind of fun to pretend about such things sometimes.

That was "Flat" Cauli III standing on the tombstone, because I'm too big (about 10 pounds), and I didn't want to seem disrespectful. Samuel Moore liked cats, however, so maybe it was okay that "Flat" Cauli posed for the photos.  We were very careful not to disturb anything in the cemetery.

Drop by my favorite library sometime and visit the Indiana Room. You can learn all about Samuel Moore and the history of the town he founded in 1824.  There are lots of interesting stories to tell about my hometown.  I know a few that you might like to hear sometime.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Honeymoon Helicopter Ride

Newlywed GPL literacy slobberdogs Fifi and Scruffy promised a photo of their honeymoon helicopter ride at Myrtle Beach, S.C.   Thanks to Greenwood (Indiana) Public Library for emailing this great picture.

So when am I going to get to go on a helicopter ride around here, Boss Lady? Just asking.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Scary Stories With Broadway Gal

Don't forget about Broadway Gal's (Miss Suzanne's) scary Halloween stories this Friday (October 28, 2011) from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Pioneer Park in Mooresville, Indiana.  Click here or here for the details.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Los Gatos Son Spooky

I found the perfect Halloween book for moi on a book display in my Library's Youth Services Department.

Have you spotted it yet?  I'll give you a hint:  Look for my likeness on the cover.

Los gatos is Spanish for boy domestic cats, and Los gatos negros are boy black domestic cats.  It would be Las gatas negras for girl black domestic felines.  At least, that's the way I remember what little Spanish I used to know back in my days (in a previous life) south of the border.  Ask me about that story sometime.

This book mixes Spanish and English words to tell a scary tale that's just perfect for early grade school children but is probably too intense for preschoolers.  I would have included a book trailer, but my library hasn't made one yet!  Somebody needs to fix that.

Since I haven't yet read the book, I can't give you a review.  Here is one by a popular children's author, which you might ask your grown-ups to read and talk with you about.

Learn About El Día de los Muertos and Halloween (and the differences between these holidays and celebrations) by searching our online Evergreen Indiana catalog.  Type-in  those terms (or others you may think of) into the search line and see what you retrieve.  But don't be scared. You can always visit my Library to check-out the books you find, if you have an E.I. library card, like I do.

"Flat" Cauli III (there are many "flat" Caulis--sounds like a James Thurber book) knows how to use the MPL self-checkout computer.  You should try it yourself sometime.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Join Our Halloween Special

Miss Jaymi and Sammy the Toucan have just made this really cool Halloween Special video for their  Explore to Learn: Early Literacy Fun blog.  Let's watch!

You saw it here first!  Well, I did, anyway.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Slobberdog Honeymoon Photos!

Scruffy and Fifi, newlywed literacy slobberdogs from Greenwood Public Library (Greenwood, Indiana), sent moi some great photos from their honeymoon to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The Happy Couple Dining at Damons on Myrtle Beach


Fifi & Scruffy Playing Dominoes With Grandpa in Conway, N.C.
Cuddling on a Hammock Under Palm Trees on the Beach Dunes

Honeymoon Cottage on the Beach
Enjoying the Beach's Fine Playground Equipment

The Beach All to Themselves (Jellyfish Alert)
But You Can't Keep Good Slobberdogs
Away From the Surf

Running the Rapids Calm Waters of the
Lazy River at THE DUNES Resort

Fifi & Scruffy Were a Big Hit With the Crowds of Adoring Fans
Posing For Another Photo Op

There are more pictures to share, but that's probably enough for this blog. I don't want your downloading times to be too long! I can't wait to see the helicopter that Fifi and Scruffy flew around the beach! I don't think they were piloting, though. Could be, however. They're mighty talented for slobberdogs.
Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

There Are Many Moons

James Thurber became famous as a humor columnist for The New Yorker magazine, but he also wrote wonderful children's books. One of my favorites is Many Moons, first published in 1943.

Many Moons won the Caldecott Medal in 1944. The book was first illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, but in 1990 it was republished with illustrations by Marc Simont. It has been adapted into a stage play, an opera, and movies.

Grown-ups and young children (particularly those just learning to read) will enjoy Thurber's command of language and phrasing.   Thurber's style is straightforward but filled with humorous observations, puns, and other silliness.

Watch our book trailer to see if you'd like to read it.

The book is available in our Evergreen Indiana catalog.
Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, October 24, 2011

Check Out My Cool Halloween Mask

Drawer Dude has custom-made a Halloween mask for moi.  I am now officially set to attend the gala of Halloween parties held in my honor.  It can double for my Mardi Gras costume, too.

That is one super-cool kitty mask!  But Drawer Dude built-in some extra special features.  Check out this glow-in-the-dark spookiness!

So, do I get gifts when I attend upcoming Halloween parties?  Just asking. Canned tuna-in-oil is always welcome.  But I'm open to other gifts.  Check with Buffalo Gal, who selected my mask design, or The Lady With the Red Hair.  They know my tastes and preferences.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Enjoy some of Drawer Dude's early quick-sketch artwork in our book trailer for The Zombie Survival Guide, which is recommended for young adults and grown-ups.  Drawer Dude also designed a business logo for Baskets From Junior's Farm.  See it here.

A Trumpet-Playing Swan

What happens when a trumpeter swan cannot make the trumpet call?  How will he woo the lovely swan, Serena?  Maybe by learning to play a brass trumpet made by humans?  The Trumpet of the Swan, by E. B. White, is a classic children's novel recommended for readers ages 9-12, but older readers will also find it charming, clever, witty, and loads of fun.  If you want to see a truly great writer in action, then White's your man.  I heartily recommend it.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Saturday, October 22, 2011

"Flat" Cauli Rides Again!

Read about the latest adventures of "Flat" Cauli, my thin, laminated alter ego, on my Cat's Eye View blog.  We've talked about "Flat" Cauli before in one of my previous posts.  "Flat" Cauli has already appeared on the radio and ridden a miniature horsey.  What's next?  You'll have to follow along to find out.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Miss Jaymi & Toucan Sammy "H"owl 4 Halloween

I guess I should say right off that Miss Jaymi and Sammy the Toucan were not actually howling in their latest early literacy video, but that's another great "H" word and fits nicely into their blog topic this week.

As you can see from Miss Jaymi and Toucan Sammy's blog, the letter "H" stands for Hearts and Halloween.  I'm especially excited about Halloween, being a black cat and all.  As always, you can learn some great early literacy crafts to teach young preschool-age readers the alphabet in fun and innovative ways.  There are always cool books featured, too, on the early literacy blog.

Look For These to Follow Our Blogs

If you're interested in early literacy and are not following Miss Jaymi and Sammy's blog, you should be.  It's easy to follow a blog.  Just go to our early literacy blog and either sign-up to follow by email or log-in using Google Friend Connect.  Ask your grown-ups first to get permission, of course.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Where's MY Donut, Ms. Numeroff? Just Asking

Another charming If You Give… children’s picture book has just been published, and our favorite library cataloged it yesterday (check the Evergreen Indiana online catalog to place a hold on it using your E.I. library card).  The book is called If You Give a Dog a Donut, by Laura Numeroff (illustrated by Felicia Bond) (N.Y. : Balzer & Bray, 2011).

If you have read any of the other books in this series, you know that one thing leads to another, and anything can happen.  We have here the nice slobberdog (I call all pooches “slobberdogs”) who first appeared in If You Give a Pig a Party.   Once he has that donut (or doughnut, depending upon your spelling preference) in his paws, you know he will munch it right down.  Then he’ll be thirsty and will want some apple juice to drink.  But once that’s gone, he’ll want some more.  This leads to surprising twists and turns until everyone returns to where he started.

For preschool readers, this is a wonderful read-aloud.  Grown-ups will enjoy reading this story to their youngsters, and “early readers” will have fun following along.

The illustrations are colorful and friendly, and the narrative will keep you guessing. What will happen next?  Visit our favorite library to find out!  The book is available in the MPL Youth Services Department on the easy readers new book shelves.  The library call number is EASY NUM.  If you need help finding it, please ask any of the library’s staff.  They will be glad to help.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, October 17, 2011

Letter G is for . . . Giraffes & Ghosts!

Miss Jaymi and Sammy the Toucan have posted their latest early literacy blog and video featuring the letter G . . . for giraffes and ghosts!  Halloween is fast approaching, so ghosts will be here soon. Well, at least kids dressed up for trick-or-treat will be dropping by.

Remember my blog posts about visiting the Indianapolis zoo?  I saw some giraffes there.

Like ghosts?  We have many ghost stories in our library.  Here is one book that is aimed at young adults, who we used to call teenagers. It is available in our Evergreen Indiana online catalog.

We actually have two book trailers for this book.  Which one do you like better?  Please let me know in the comments section of the blog.

Everybody who's interested in early literacy should read Miss Jaymi and Toucan Sammy's blog.  The videos alone are worth watching, but the blogs are chock full of great ideas for young readers (who we used to call preschoolers) to learn how to read.  Nothing is more important than reading!  Well, maybe canned tuna-in-oil, which is my favorite food, but that's probably just moi.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Wonderful Slobberdog Wedding

Yesterday (October 15, 2011), the wedding between Fifi and Scruffy, GPL literacy slobberdogs, took place in Community Rooms A & B at Greenwood (Indiana) Public Library.  Over 100 patrons attended, most of whom were young children and their caregivers.

Fifi in Her Wedding Dress

Fifi's wedding dress and headpiece included seed pearls and lace edging reminiscent of Princess Catherine's wedding dress.  Since Fifi is from London (and a mail-order bride to boot), she wanted to have a wedding dress fit for royalty.  She looked stunning and elegant.

Approximately 30 young flower girls in Fifi's bridal procession accompanied the bride as she walked down the aisle, as a gifted young pianist played Mendelssohn's Wedding March in C Major (1842).  The flower girls dropped daisy petals as they entered.

The Best Slobberdog, Groom, Minister, and Bride
(Along With Their "Handlers")
Begin the Wedding Ceremony

Scruffy and his best man --er-- slobberdog stood stage left as Fifi took stage right.  Scruffy looked quite dashing in his custom-made suit and tie, while the best slobberdog was dressed in red tennis shoes and possibly short pants.  He wore a tie, so that's suitably dressed up.  A tie makes every guy look classy.

The ceremony began with Miss Rachel and a choir of youngsters in attendance singing "L-O-V-E" (lyrics by Milt Gabler; music by Bert Kaempfert), which was perhaps most famously recorded by Nat King Cole in 1964.

Scruffy and Fifi Exchange Vows

John, the minister, lead the couple in reciting their vows, which were both touching and clever.  Scruffy promised to share treats and never growl, even if Fifi ate them all, while Fifi vowed to help at storytime and encourage children to read and especially to love the letter D.  (D for dogs, I'm guessing?)  Fifi also vowed to love Scruffy even when he growled at the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, a point Scruffy strongly denied, but he had been seen doing it, so he was "found out" and had to own up.

The minister pronounced the couple husband and wife, and Scruffy and Fifi exchanged slobberdog smooches.  To seal the deal, the wedding party and guests danced the "Chicken Dance."

Chicken Dancing

Instead of throwing rice, the children blew bubbles to wish the happy couple a lifetime of blessings.  Next, Fifi and Scruffy posed for photographs, and then the really important activities began.  It was time to cut the cake and have some punch.

Wedding Cake (Donated by Sam's Club)
Decorated With Lillies-of-the-Valley
to Match the Bridal Bouquet

Hey, Slobberdogs, Please Don't Eat the Daisies
(Apologies to Jean Kerr)

The happy couple will be honeymooning at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  We wish them well and hope they bring us back some seashells.

The Happy Couple

Many thanks to Greenwood Public Library for inviting moi to a most wonderful wedding.  It was, quite plainly, the Slobberdog Wedding of the Century!  Fit for royalty, to be sure.  That's why I was invited.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's "The Chicken Dance" as demonstrated by several long-time performers from The Lawrence Welk Show.  The video description lists the performers.

P.P.S.  Here's Nat King Cole singing "L-O-V-E" (1964).