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Scary windows —Dunedin monsters (this week)

big-eyes-24 (1)Mike Wazowski (green) at Hayward’s Auction House; ‘red’ at University Book Shop (UBS) – children’s book cover detail, Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan.

A young monster named Michael “Mike” Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) appears in films by Disney/Pixar: Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Monsters University (2013). Mike dreams of being a scarer (a monster who enters the human world at night to scare children so their screams can be harvested for energy) when he grows up, after visiting Monsters Inc. — the city of Monstropolis’ most profitable and best-known scaring company — on a school field trip. Eleven years later, Mike is a first-year scare major at Monsters University, where he meets a large, blue, furry monster named James P. “Sulley” Sullivan.

Shaun Tan (born 1974) is an Australian illustrator and author of children’s books and speculative fiction cover artist. He won an Academy Award for The Lost Thing, a 2011 animated film adaptation of a 2000 picture book he wrote and illustrated. Tan’s work has been described as “at once banal and uncanny, familiar and strange, local and universal, reassuring and scary, intimate and remote, guttersnipe and sprezzatura. No rhetoric, no straining for effect. Never other than itself.” —Sydney Morning Herald
Rules of Summer (Lothian Children’s Books: October 2013)

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Dunedin Institution: University Book Shop (UBS)

UBS 1 [facebook.com] re-imaged 2378 Great King Street, Dunedin

### ODT Online Fri, 13 Sep 2013
Smaller University Bookshop on cards
By Vaughan Elder
After cutting staff numbers, the University Book Shop (UBS) is now considering reducing the size of its Great King St store.
Staff at the book shop were told in June to reapply for their jobs, as bookstore manager Phillippa Duffy looked at ways to reduce costs in the face of falling revenue. The Otago University Students’ Association-owned shop could be in for more change, with options being considered to reduce the shop’s size and split up its Great King St site.

“The iconic building is very much part of the UBS identity and we have no plans to move.”

The shop, especially now a second branch had been opened on campus this year, did not need to take up as much space as it did, Miss Duffy said. She met architects yesterday and options being examined, including what should be done with the space upstairs previously used to sell text-books and whether to keep the “non-stop sale” upstairs or move it downstairs, freeing up space.
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