Book Review: The Phenomenals:A tangle of traitors

My son (9), loves to read.  He would like to share some of his recent favorites with parents who are choosing books. Here is his first book review on my blog.  I am pleased to see him using the computer for constructive activities, such as typing this all by himself.

The Phenomenals:A tangle of traitors

by F.E. Higgins

reviewed by kyle

A metal-handed cutpurse and expert picklock go to a strange town, and meets three other people. They become the Phenomenals, and try to save a town from lurids - a kind of living dead that wants to be freed from a tar pit-because an evil person freed one of them. Also, this is a series, and I can't wait to read the next book, A gaggle of ghouls.

Book Review on Binky Blog: Calm and Compassionate Children

First of all a big shout out to Leonie, who has been working hard on the Grateful Project, the Grateful Salons, and now the uplifting collaborative blog Binky.

Leonie is looking for people to share their thoughts on books that promote gratitude in adults and children.  I was excited to share my review of the book Calm and Compassionate Children - A Handbook.

So, jump on over to Binky and be part of the happiness.


[April 27, 2014, 1:30pm] R4 Presents Treasure Island - A Live Radio Play for the Family (Shilin)

Here is the official description of this lively presentation happening at the "In memory of Lee ko-yung" Library in Shilin. (Address information at the bottom of this post.)  This show is a delightful version suitable for children, and is guaranteed to get them inspired by live performances and readings.  
This is a free showing.  Seats are limited to just over 100.  The theater is lovely.  Food and drink is not permitted inside the theater. The show is just around an hour long.

Press Release
RED ROOM RADIO REDUX will present a staged radio-theater-style production of TREASURE ISLAND, the Robert Louis Stevenson classic story of pirates and buried treasure, for two performances on Sunday April 27 at 1:30 PM at the new branch of the Taipei Public Library near Shilin Summer Residence.
Treasure Island is the tale of young Jim Hawkins, who sets sail as a cabin boy on the Hispaniola, on a voyage in search of treasure hidden on a faraway island. In the course of his adventures, he comes across a motley assortment of devious seaman, including the infamous buccaneer Long John Silver.
The R4 performance of Treasure Island will be in English, in an adaptation that draws extensively on the original language of the story. It will be presented as a radio-style staged reading in which the actors use voice, characterization and gesture, as well as live sound effects and music, to recreate the story in the minds of the audience. R4 is dedicated to this unique style of performance, a type of “theater of the imagination,” as a means for sharing great works of literature and to promote a culture of live storytelling and creative listening. R4’s repertoire includes: Macbeth, The War of the Worlds, Dracula and A Christmas Carol. In addition to live performances, the group has produced and broadcast voice dramas in partnership with ICRT-FM100.
This production of Treasure Island will appeal to adults as well as children aged 8 and up.
Red Room Radio Redux is affiliated with Stage Time & Wine @ the Red Room. The group is sponsored by the Ripplemaker Foundation. For more about “spoken word” events sponsored by the Red Room, go to www.redroomtaipei.com.

紅坊廣播劇場會帶來舞台電台戲劇風格的演出金銀島,是羅伯特·路易斯·史蒂文森經典海盜藏寶故事,星期日演出時段,4/27, PM1:30
金銀島是一個青年賀詹姆(Jim Hawkins)的故事,從伊斯帕尼奧拉島揚帆啟程,在航程中找尋隱藏在遙遠島嶼的寶藏。在冒險的過程中,他遇到一群狡猾奸詐混雜的航海人,包含了最有名的海盜,單腳西渥弗(Long John Silver)
紅坊廣播劇場會用英文演出金銀島,從原語的方式帶出延伸的效果。會用電台的效果來呈現每一位角色的說 詞,個性特色和手勢比劃,搭配著現場聲音效果以及配樂,重新帶出原始故事的感覺給觀眾們。紅坊廣播劇場要將這樣獨特的表演方式,一種戲劇的想像的方式獻給 觀眾,透過分享偉大文學巨作和表達文化特色的現場說故事效果。先前表演過馬克白、世界大戰和聖誕頌歌。會有額外的現場表演,會將聲音的劇情和電台 ICRT 一同播出。
金銀島演出適合大人到 8 歲以上小孩。會有個簡單的詩詞作為開場,來自路易斯·卡羅爾的愛麗絲夢遊仙境。會將音樂和聲音強化,來優化重述史蒂文森的知名故事。
紅坊廣播劇場是一個附屬於 Stage Time & Wine 活動,紅房社群 Red Room 的演出群組,贊助單位有漣漪人基金會。妳可以在 Red Room 的網站找尋 "Spoken word"。網址是:http://www.redroomtaipei.com.tw

Here is the sypnosis of the story. You can also find some dramatisations on You Tube.
TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson

adapted for radio drama by Ignatz Ratzkywazky

for Red Room Radio Redux

Treasure Island, by Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson, is the 18th century tale of young Jim Hawkins, who sets sail as a cabin boy on the Hispaniola, on a voyage in search of treasure hidden on a faraway island. In the course of his harrowing adventures, he comes across a motley assortment of devious seaman: Bill Bones, Black Dog, Old Blind Pew, Ben Gunn and that most notorious pirate of all, the one-legged Long John Silver, with the ever-present chattering parrot on his shoulder. Along the way, Jim uncovers the crew’s plot of mutiny, comes face to face with their greedy and bloodthirsty tricks, and helps to rescue the ship as well as the stash of buried gold.
The story is told by Jim as an adult, looking back on his youthful, daring adventure. We begin by finding young Jim at home with his mother at the Admiral Benbow Inn, where the boy meets his first shadowy buccaneer, Bill Bones, and unknowingly comes into possession of an old treasure map…a map that everyone is after...
金銀島,由蘇格蘭小說家羅伯特·路易斯·史蒂文森著。背景自十八世紀青年賀詹姆(Jim Hawkins)從伊斯帕尼奧拉島揚帆啟程,在航程中找尋隱藏在遙遠島嶼的寶藏。在冒險過程中,他遇到一群狡猾奸詐的航海人,包含許多惡名昭彰的海盜,其中最有名的海盜:單腳西渥弗(Long John Silver),和站在他肩膀上的活潑鸚鵡。沿路上,賀詹姆揭發了叛變的船員們,親眼目睹他們的貪婪以及各種詭計,最後拯救了航海船以及找出埋藏深處的黃金寶藏。
About the Production
身 為 “深度聆聽” 的紅坊社群一份子,紅房新廣播劇團的使命是藉由述說文字,透過極簡讀者聽眾和廣播現場方式,帶給廣大聽眾們更精采的文學體驗。身為地球村的一份子,紅坊新 廣播劇團和東方朋友們擁有這樣特別機會,分享最美好的西方文化傳統,重新燃起偉大故事和詩詞的火種,探索世上文學的共同使命。
About Red Room Community
紅房新廣播劇團是紅房大社群的一份子,亦為 Stage Time & Wine @ the Red Room 之贊助者。
About the Sponsor
Library Address:
No.15, Zhongzheng Rd. Shilin.
Carparking available under the library.
Photos of library here.
The library is almost brand new.  Books have all been purchased within the last three years.  There is a large DVD and English book selection.