Archives for August 21, 2013

Take A Visual Journey Under The Ocean To Meet Monster Squid And Sea Creatures From The Depths At The Aquarium Meet deep-sea explorer Dr. Edith Widder, featured on Discovery Channel’s recent giant squid documentary, and view her photographs from around the world at the Aquarium


An Art – Science Collaboration


WHAT:           She has traveled around the ocean depths and seen mysterious animals. She has shared her discoveries and experiences at TED  and on the BBC and National Geographic channels. Most recently her use of bioluminescence to lure the giant squid was featured in the Discovery Channel’s documentary Monster Squid: The Giant is Real. The public is invited to meet Dr. Edith Widder during a special presentation at the Aquarium of the Pacific on August 27 at 7:00 p.m. and see some of what she has seen in a special underwater photography exhibit in the Aquarium’s Great Hall through August 31, 2013.


Widder and photographer and inventor Dr. Steve Bernstein have collaborated to produce an exhibition of photographs featuring digitally enhanced images of marine life. The photographs, captured by Widder from locations around the world and altered by Bernstein, depict sea creatures like sea jellies and squid, accentuating their colors and shapes. The exhibit pieces are printed on aluminum via giclée dye sublimation. Widder’s lecture at the Aquarium is titledThe Kraken Revealed: The Story Behind Finding the Giant Squid and will take place in the Ocean Theater and be broadcast live on the Aquarium’s website. A deep-sea explorer, oceanographer, marine biologist, and co-founder of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association, Widder was the first to capture video recordings of bioluminescent animals and the first to film the giant squid in its natural habitat.


WHEN:           Photography exhibit: daily, now – August 31, 2013

Lecture: Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.                     


WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802


COST:            Exhibit: Included with general admission–$25.95 adult (12+), $22.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members.

Lecture cost: $5 per person; free for Aquarium members, seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students with valid I.D. and advanced reservations. (A free live stream of this lecture will be available on the Aquarium’s website)


AQUARIUM:  The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important topics facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. Home to more than 11,000 animals, the Aquarium features the new Wonders of the Deepgallery. A world of discovery awaits people of all ages and interests.


INFO/RSVP:   (562) 590-3100, ext. 0 or


Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific.

Hotdogger hurtles onto shelves September 2013 Eighth title in the award-winning Aldo Zelnick series provides heaps of hilarity



We’re big Aldo Zelnick fans in my house!  My son was quite excited to receive the newest book: Hotdogger written by Karla Oceanak and illustrated by Kendra Spanjer.  This latest book will not disappoint!  “It is hilarious and epic!”, says my soon to be 10- year- old son. Hotdogger, an Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel will soon hit the shelves and is available from Bailiwick Press. It’s an illustrated novel for middle-grade readers ages 7-13. Hotdogger continues the laugh-out-loud adventures of 10-year-old Aldo Zelnick. To Aldo’s dismay, the Zelnicks are planning a family ski trip in effort to combat the boredom brought on by the humdrum month of January. Aldo doesn’t know how to ski and seems weary of going. Feeling unusually confident, Aldo hits the slopes, ready to show off his skills! But will his hotdogging make Aldo a hero, or will it be hazardous to his health? You have to read the book yourself to find out! But, my son and I enjoyed reading the latest adventures of Aldo Zelnick in the latest book: Hotdogger.

The Aldo Zelnick books, hardcover novels for 7-to-13 year olds, feature the hybrid half-text, half illustration format made popular by the Wimpy Kid series. I have to admit we like the Wimpy Kid series but Aldo Zelnick is a smarter and more creative..dare I say it?  Yes, a smarter and more artistic character. My son can relate to Aldo because he is funny and realistic and his friends Jack and Bee also have such fun personalities.  Unique to the series is the emphasis on vocabulary. Each book integrates fun and challenging words starting with the title letter. Hotdogger features hilarious H words such as hornswoggled and hubris. Each book also includes a back-of-the-book glossary with the words aptly (and amusingly) defined-and sometimes illustrated-in Aldo’s voice and hand. Now, how cool is that!? Shh! Kids won’t even know they are learning! They can have fun reading and learn new words all at the same time.

Self Disclosure: I received this book to facilitate this review.

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Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this review and giveaway.