Fractions in Disguise
From Charlesbridge Press. When a valuable fraction goes missing, George Cornelius Factor (a.k.a. GCF) vows to track it down. Knowing that the villainous Dr. Brok likes to disguise his ill-begotten fractions, GCF invents a Reducer—a tool that strips away the disguise, reducing the fraction and revealing its true form. Equal parts of action and humor add up to a wholly entertaining introduction to simplifying fractions. Illustrataed by David Clark.
A Very Improbable Story
From Charlesbridge Press. Ethan wakes up one morning to find a very strange cat stuck on his head. The cat, Odds, refuses to budge until Ethan wins a game of probability. Without looking, Ethan must pick out a dime from his coin collection or two matching socks from his dresser, or do something else improbable. If he doesn't, Odds is there to stay, and Ethan has a 100% chance of missing his big soccer game. A very improbable story about a challenging math concept. Illustrataed by Adam Gustavson.
The Living House of Oz
From Hungry Tiger Press. ILLEGAL MAGIC IN OZ! What do you do when your mother is arrested for practicing witchcraft? For thirteen-year-old Buddy the answer is easy—he’s off to rescue her from imprisonment in the Emerald City of Oz! With help from friends such as the living hat stand that calls itself the Earl of Haberdashery, Buddy finds he must challenge the Wizard of Oz and Glinda the Good, the most powerful magic-workers in Oz. Illustrated by Eric Shanower.
Paradox in Oz
From Hungry Tiger Press. OZ IS AGING! Ozma, the lovely girl ruler of Oz, must find a way to restore the enchantment that keeps her people young and vibrant. A lovable but puzzling Parrot-Ox named Tempus carries Ozma back through time to seek the source of the aging enchantment. Ozma meets strange versions of her closest friends in an alternate timestream: Glinda, the Wizard, the Cowardly Lion, even Ozma herself! Illustrated by Eric Shanower.
From Theater 61 Press. The humor in Lysistrata is the focus of this adaptation. Playwright Edward Einhorn, known for his comic absurdist plays, translates the ancient Greek humor into something equally amusing to a modern audience, without losing the flavor of the ancient text. Complete with essays, selected music, and a second version of the play for inventive directors, this newest adaptation of Aristophanes' philosophical comedy focuses on three elements of the human condition that have not changed in nearly 2500 years: war, sex, and, most of all, laughter.
The Golem, Methuselah, and Shylock
From Theater 61 Press.Three full length plays plus a one-act about legendary Jewish figures. Golem Stories retells an old Kabalistic legend. It's a ghost story and a love story, about a childlike clay man who may be a demon inside. In The Living Methuselah, the oldest living man survives every disaster in human history, with the help of his wife Serach, the oldest living woman. But when a doctor tells him he will only live until the end of the play, will this be his final curtain? To find the title character of A Shylock, Jacob Levy interrogates every character in The Merchant of Venice, but oddly Hamlet may know the most-although this Hamlet is a woman. And in One-Eyed Moses and the Churning Red Sea, Rabbi Tzipporah Finestein dreams Moses is a pirate captain, but what do the dreams mean? Two congregants hold the key.
The Velvet Oratorio
From Theater 61 Press. An evocative retelling of the Czech Velvet Revolution using found text, choral music, and scenes inspired by Václav Havel's Vanêk plays. The work was originally presented at the Walter Bruno Theater at Lincoln Center, as part of the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts' Performing Revolution Festival. This book includes the full text of both the scenes and choruses, as well as interviews with the composer and the librettist.
Playing Dreidel with Judah Maccabee
From Theater 61 Press. A play in eight scenes. A modern boy finds Judah Maccabee in an abandoned room that exists both in his own temple and the ancient Temple in Jerusalem. A celebration of both Hanukkah and its ancient origins, told with gentle humor.
The Pig, or Václav Havel's Hunt for a Pig
From Theater 61 Press .Václav Havel’s final theater piece, a shaggy-dog tale set at a pig roast and filled with music.Vladimír Morávek took an old dialogue of Havel’s, combined it with Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, and the resulting collage comments both on Communist Czechoslovakia and the post-Communist Czech era. Also included is Havel’s first ever one-act,Ela, Hela, and the Hitch. These plays, translated by Edward Einhorn, have never before been published in English translation.