Happy Birthday G. Brian Karas - September 27
This week we discovered the book Bebe's Bad Dream by G. Brian Karas. The story is about a young girl, Bebe, who happens to have a nasty older brother named Walter who teases her about her reoccurring nightmares. Bebe is living her life in fear thinking that the aliens from her nightmares are going to snatch her up and eat her. Walter does not make things easier when he often talks in a mean alien voice and says things like, "Yum. Bebe sandwiches." Bebe tries to defend herself from the aliens by wearing a helmet, shield, and armor to bed while holding her special laser sword, but her mother tells her that her protective gear will rip the sheets. Bebe must find a way to conquer her nightmares and her brother all by herself.
|This is the first page of the Bebe's Bad Dream. I love this illustration by G. Brian Karas. I knew the moment I saw this picture that my boys were going to enjoy the book.|
Upon waking up this morning I realized that the weather report was going to be exactly right. I needed an activity that was going to keep my boys engaged and happy for much of the morning. I remembered the illustration from Bebe's Bad Dream. I thought it might be fun for us to work together to make Bebe's armor, shield, helmet, and laser sword.
|Once the laser swords were made we had to try them in the dark! We turned on the flashlights and were instantly impressed. They would definitely help us defeat the aliens if we saw them.|
|Next, we made the armor and shields out of cardboard pieces. I used the illustration by G. Brian Karas as a model for these creations.|
|My boys added some decorations to their protective gear.|
|Bebe would be so proud!|
|I quickly discovered that the helmet I made was too big for our heads. I found some bubble wrap in the garage. Then, lined the inside of the helmet to allow it to fit better.|
Candace Fleming, Clever Jack Takes the Cake, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, and Tippy-Tippy-Tippy Hide! (According to Publisher's Weekly he and Fleming are currently working on a third book about the bunnies!) His career in children's literature began strictly as an illustrator. However, in 1996, he wrote and illustrated his first book, Home on the Bayou: A Cowboy Story, which was awarded the Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award. Expect to see lots more from G. Brian Karas as he is currently "booked out for the next two years" with many projects!
Check out G. Brian Karas' latest book, Lemonade in Winter, that he illustrated for Emily Jenkins that was released this month, September 2012: