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Wild Things Get Loose at Miami Book Fair International’s Children’s Alley

~Miami Book Fair International takes place Nov. 8 – 15 at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami~
Wild Things

Miami, October 30, 2009 - Wild Thing from the popular book-turned-movie Where the Wild Things Are will be among the beloved characters inhabiting Children’s Alley, the magical world within the 2009 Miami Book Fair International created just for kids and teens. Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, Grinch and the Lorax, Clifford, Curious George, Madeline, and Olivia, among many others, will also make appearances.

The fun begins Friday, Nov. 13, and will continue throughout the weekend street fair with author readings, puppet shows and dramatic interpretations of favorite books.

The new Storytelling Stage has an international flavor. The CUENTEROS program will take kids on an exciting journey through Latin America and Spain. Hop on an imaginary trip to Brazil with Antonio Rocha and his animal tales, Gerald Hausman will share stories of Native America and the West Indies and Sue Ayvar, in conjunction with the PJ Library a program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, will present bilingual stories. In addition, Kehewin Native American Dance Theatre will perform Trickster Trilogy, stories told with larger-than-life masks and contemporary characters.  

On the Children’s Stage, Fantasy Theatre Factory presents The Dance Factory, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears will be performed by the Momentum Dance Company, Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre presents Jack and the Beanstalk, among many other performances.    

Kids will be dazzled by two new tents. Explore a world of glamour in the Let’s Get Fancy tent, based on the Fancy Nancy books and stop by The Treehouse featuring several new books, including Where the Wild Things Are. The Green Planet tent, Dr. Seuss tent, What’s Up, Doc?, and Let’s Play and Learn with Elmo will also be back.   

Meg Cabot, best-selling author of the Princess Diaries series, will present her new series, Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Batten room, Building 2, Room 2106. Fiction writer Peter Lerangis will discuss his new series, The 39 Clues, at 12 p.m. in the Batten room.     

Children’s Alley will open Friday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 - 15, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Children under 18 enter The Fair for free. Adults pay an $8 admission fee.

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