Lorijo Metz is a born storyteller. At least, that's what a gypsy told her mother when Lorijo was just two years old. With a past like that, it makes sense that Lorijo Metz's first storybook would be a wondrous tale encouraging children to break down the walls of fear and doubt so that they can follow their dreams.
Lorijo was originally introduced to reading through C.S. Lewis's Narnia series, and her favorite movies are sci-fi and adventure. Her story Floridius Bloom and the Planet of Gloom borrows the fantastical sci-fi elements from these books and movies as well as the gripping storytelling and the underlying current of Big Questions. Floridius is a blue, human-like creature with the small difference of having a light attached to his head. Yet in modern times it is easy to feel like yours is the Planet of Gloom, your light the only light, and Lorijo Metz warns against too much of the individualist scramble for security that this feeling inspires. For kids growing up in a post-9/11 world, Lorijo's story shows them that it is not by building up your wall that you can avoid disaster, but by breaking down the wall and moving closer to others.
Rather than just sitting and reading, Lorijo's school visits are about involving the kids in the fun. She will answer any questions the kids might have, the audience participates actively in the reading, and more often than not, monster costumes end up being made!
Floridius Bloom and the planet of Gloom
"Metz ... speaks to preschoolers' penchants for concocting their own secret language. As the light of truth finally shines upon Floridius, readers too learn that ... love and companionship is exactly what he desperately needs. This tale proves that letting the light in is a universal necessity, no matter where you live." 2007, Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers Group, $16.99. Ages 4 to 8. Review from Publishers Weekly.
When it comes to school and library visits, the name of the game is interactive. Monster costumes, drama and a little learning tucked in on the side. She offers the following programs for school visits:
- Author Visit (K-3): A small group presentation, one or two classrooms at a time. Presentation may include making monster costumes (material provided), screening of my book preview, a reading of Floridius Bloom and the Planet of Gloom with a keynote presentation, audience participation and discussion afterwards. Half day / 3 classroom visits: $250. Full day / 5 -6 classroom visits: $400 . Travel expenses are free within Lake County IL. Outside of Lake County, please contact me. (Lesson plan, discussion and coloring sheet available (free) on my educator’s page)
- Let's Put On A Play or Reader’s Theatre: This one is perfect for any school’s budget. Why? Because it’s free. I’ve made available - on my website - both a Reader’s Theatre and a Play script of Floridius Bloom and the Planet of Gloom.
- Programs for older students include by are not limited to... - 80 min. writer’s workshop focusing on the publishing experience. - 7-day creativity exercise. (Including lesson plan, author visit & theatrical production.)
- We’re NOT Madonna (K-5): One author not enough for you? Then why not have three? Perfect for family reading nights, or multi-class presentations. Prices vary by author availability, distance and number of presentations needed throughout the day (or evening).
Lorijo's program fees are negotiable.
To learn more about Lorijo and her publications please visit www.lorijometz.com.
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