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… unless you have a Mars lander June 16, 2008

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There’s nothing to do on Mars is the title of a fun picture book by Chris Gall, but NASA begs to differ. Here’s the latest from the agency’s Phoenix Mars Mission:

June 13, 2008 New observations from NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander provide the most magnified view ever seen of Martian soil, showing particles clumping together even at the smallest visible scale.

In the past two days, two instruments on the lander deck — a microscope and a bake-and-sniff analyzer — have begun inspecting soil samples delivered by the scoop on Phoenix’s Robotic Arm.

Waldo hits drinking age June 16, 2008

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Waldo turns 21 this year! Expect new books this fall, a new website, and there’s a cool game going on right now on Flickr.

Going, going, Gon June 16, 2008

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From Cynopsis Kids:

Japanese publisher Kodansha enters into a deal with Korean production house Daewon Media to produce a animated new TV series based on Gon, a non-verbal early 1990s manga series by Masashi Tanaka for air in 2010, per Anime News Network. Gon revolves around a small and cute orange dinosaur. Several years back Sprite Animation Studios, which announced it was at work on a movie version of Gon, but not word on what happened to that endeavor.

This adorable wordless manga title can be hard to find, but it’s perfect for the kid who still struggles with reading – keeps that kid holding books and turning pages until the reading thing gels.

Hollywood comes to Chewandswallow June 16, 2008

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Anna Faris and Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg will be two of the voices in the feature-length animated movie adaptation of the evergreen children’s favorite Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

As reported in MTV’s Movies blog:

The blockbuster will be the next from the studio that made “Open Season” and “Surf’s Up,” and is based on the 1982 book by the wife-and-husband author/illustrator duo Judi and Ron Barrett.

Targeting a March 27th release date, the film will build on the book’s brevity by digging deeper into the origins of Chewandswallow, a town that rains breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

Martial arts mayhem June 5, 2008

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With the release of Kung Fu Panda (and all of its attendant merchandizing, and believe me, they’re merchandizing the heck out of this one), we are sure to see additional interest in martial arts books (796.8) and DVDs. Don’t forget manga, Jeff Stone’s Five Ancestors series, and  biographies of Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jackie Chan!

Peep-peep! Make way for Thomas June 5, 2008

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A new direct-to-DVD Thomas the Tank Engine movie will hit the streets in September. How are your Thomas books looking? They’re probably in for some increased circs before the end of the calendar year.

Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment will release the new direct-to-DVD movie Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery on September 9, 2008.  The movie features Pierce Brosnan as the new narrator.  The DVD movie includes five new original songs, a special behind-the-scenes featurette with Brosnan, and several game/activities.  The episode will air on PBS stations just prior to its release on DVD.  Additionally, Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery will be included in KidToons national movie theater July, as well as promoted at Simon Malls, MyGym outlets and so on to support the DVD release.

The Reverend Awdry probably never saw all this coming.