NBC’s TODAY SHOW SELECTS NEWBERY HONOR WINNER SAVVY FOR NEXT AL ROKER BOOK CLUB
New York, NY…July 30, 2009 – NBC’s Today show announced this morning that Ingrid Law’s Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestseller SAVVY will be Al Roker’s next Book Club Pick this fall. The TV host and young fans will have a chance to interview the author in the studio during a live show at the end of August. SAVVY was published under the joint venture between Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, and Walden Media and will soon be a major motion picture from Walden Media.
Al’s Book Club for Kids has become synonymous with outstanding children’s literature. The club began in 2007 as a way to get kids to keep reading and not experience the “summer slide”. Roker chooses books for kids between the ages of 9-11 and then gives them the opportunity to discuss what they are reading. Past selections have included The Golden Compass, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Tale of Despereaux, in addition to other acclaimed titles.
Some fun! I'm so honored that they chose SAVVY and thrilled to get the opportunity to share more about the book with the kids on the show and all across the country.
So, what's a good, unusual word for fun or happy? Oh, I've got one, no Word of the Week preempt necessary.
Today, I feel downright...
"abderian" (AB-dir-ee-uhn) is an adjective meaning: prone to laughing a lot. According to Anu Garg at wordsmith.org, the word is from the place name Abdera, a town in ancient Thrace, which is present day Bulgaria, Turkey, and Greece. Abdera was the birth place of a man named Democritus, also known as the Laughing Philosopher.
On his word site, Anu Garg says that it is not certain why this fellow, Democritus, was called the Laughing Philosopher. He has some theories though, and Democritus often appeared laughing in painted portraits.
Just as a fun side note: What is the opposite of an abderian person called? What is the word for someone who never laughs? According to Anu Garg, the best word choice here would be: