Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ladder and Space Monkeys

Today, I had a creative reading session with Nicole (10) and Gabriela (10). Both are students at the Serapis Language Schools - LEARN A LANGUAGE! Expand your world. We warmed up with the "Baking" story (in German!) and explored many different ideas how Hoobsy and Dubsy could find a reasonable way to eat the cookie dough.

Afterwards, we read the "Playing Basketball" story (in German too). Gabriela and Nicole explored many different ideas how the story could end and illustrated them. Let's take a look ...

Gabriela thought that Dubsy is taking a ladder and putting it up for Hoobsy, so he can climb it down and be released from his awkward situation.


Nicole had a different idea. Dubsy calls 911. A fire truck arrives and the fire fighters help Hoobsy to be released from his unpleasant situation. 

Nicole, part 1 

Afterwards, the space monkey would take Hoobsy to the planet Mars where he is by himself. Because he is bored and alone, he calls for help. Luckily, the space monkeys hear Hoobsy and take him back to the planet Earth and to his brother Dubsy - what a happy end.

Nicole, part 2

Thanks so much, Nicole and Gabriela, for your great ideas and for sharing the drawings. It was a pleasure for me to having spent the time with you and your dad.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hoobsy and Dubsy in the West Windsor Plainsboro News

On May 11, 2012, The West Windsor Plainsboro News published an article about Hoobsy and Dubsy (and also a Rubik's Cube world record event).

You can access the article here (1.4 MB): West Windsor Plainsboro News

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

R.I.P. Maurice Sendak (1928 - 2012)

Maurice Sendak is dead. According the New York Times, he died in the age of 83. Maurice Sendak is best known for the book "Where the Wild Things Are" which he wrote in 1963. He won a Caldecott Medal for the book in 1964, and was adapted into a movie in 2009.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Reader Favorite posted a five star review

Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite

Hoobsy and Dubsy are very imaginative and their imaginations will inspire the reader to attempt some of their activities as well as to try their own variations. It is so often heard by children that they are bored when in actuality there are many things that could be done. This book would be great to have children go to whenever they state, “I’m bored,” as it will remind them just how much fun they can have doing “everything” activities. Adorable, vivid, and detailed illustrations go along with the story that the children will love as well!"

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Visit Goddard School in West Windsor, NJ

On April 23, 2012, the Goddard School in West Windsor, NJ, invited me to visit two classes, a pre-K class and a Kindergarten class. We read almost all stories and had a lot of fun exploring ideas how each story could end.

Thanks so much to Diana Sirak, the owner of the Goddard School for inviting me. I also want to thank Lisa Kapili (Educational Director), all the teachers and students involved in the visit. It was an unforgettable experience.

Below, you find illustrated ideas from kids how the Gardening story could end. They are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing!







Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Editions in English and German

The second English edition is published. The cover page was improved and there are some minor text changes. There are now some note pages in the book, so the kids can capture their ideas while reading the stories.

Order English Edition - Bestelle englischsprachige Ausgabe

Eine deutschsprachige Version ist ebenfalls verfuegbar (A German version is also available now).
Order German Edition - Bestelle deutschsprachige Ausgabe

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hoobsy and Dubsy is the favorite book

Today, I received a very nice email from Risa (6 years old). Risa is a first grade student of the an elementary school in South Brunswick, NJ. 

Her teacher gave the students the task to create a poster advertising their favorite book they had read in the previous month.  They had to bring the poster to class and in front of the class had to talk about the book to their classmates and teacher.  This involved summarizing the book, discussing what they liked about the book and why they would recommend it to their classmates. 

Risa's favorite book is "What are we going to do today? Brilliant ideas with Hoobsy and Dubsy". Risa mentioned her favorite parts of the book were that she was really engaged when prompted to think about what she would do in Hoobsy and Doobsy’s situation, and that she could relate to the stories in the book (especially the writing a letter story and biking).

Thanks a lot, Risa, for sharing your story and your poster. You did a great job!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hoobsy and Dubsy visited the Community Business Expo in West Windsor, NJ

Today was a business expo in the Village School in the West Windsor school district. It was amazing how many people were interested in the book and how much they appreciated the idea of "thinking outside the box" as a tool for kids. Many of the families took a book home. Hoobsy and Dubsy wish you fun with the book and a lot of "out of the box" inspirations.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hoobsy and Dubsy in the classroom

The 3rd grade class teacher of my son Julius, Mrs. Reil, invited me to share my experiences as an author. During the school year, the students learned how to write stories and articles, so they are actually author colleagues. I had the opportunity to meet the class on February 6th, 2012. The students were interested listening to my experiences, especially how everything started. They also asked good questions. We together could relate the Hoobsy and Dubsy stories to what they have learned during the school year. I read the "Baking" story to the kids. It was interesting to see how the kids explored ideas how it could end. It was a pleasure and an honor being in Mrs Reil's class. A coridal thanks goes to Mrs. Reil and her wonderful and bright students.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Book launch in Punxsutawney, PA

I went with my family to Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania, the capital of Groundhog Day. We presented the book the first time ever on the eve of Groundhog Day (February 1st, 2012) and on Groundhog Day (February 2nd, 2012) in Punxsutawney.

Laurie from Punxsutawney was the first buyer. She purchased a copy for her grandson Jack. Laurie did not only buy one of the 50 rare and limited copies of the first edition, but she also bought the first of these copies. Helmut wrote a very special autograph for Jack. Have fun, Laurie and Jack!

There are many other families who bought a copy of the stories with Hoobsy and Dubsy. It was a great experience being in Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

First edition completed

The first edition of the book is completed. 

Helmut Degen, Manuela Soriani: What are we going to do today? Brilliant ideas with Hoobsy and Dubsy.

We ordered 50 copies only, so it is a first and limited edition. We are going to show the book the first time to the public during our book launch event in Punxsutawney (PA) on February 1st and February 2nd. We'll keep you posted ...