Monthly Archives: April 2011
“Today has to be perfect.
I look at the clock.
Saturday, 10:14 am.
Ten fourteen. One plus one is two plus four is six plus ten is sixteen minus one is fifteen minus two is thirteen. OK.
I turn from the clock and walk into the hallway. ‘Ready.’”
COMPULSION is the story of 17-year-old Jake Martin, a soccer star who is hoping to win his third state championship. Three. A good number. A prime. Once he wins, he’ll finally be free of the numbers that go through his head and rule his life. The numbers have to stop. But what if they don’t?
Check out the reviews:
“A compelling entrée into the claustrophobic world of an OCD teen. Taut, suspenseful and well-realized.” ~ Kirkus
“Achingly believable. Highly recommended.” ~ VOYA
Acclaimed, award-winning author Francisco X. Stork said, “COMPULSION is a starkly honest, compelling read. It will grab you and plunge you into the unusual, yet strangely familiar mind of Jake Martin and you will come out different.”
And the blogosphere is buzzing too:
And lest you think it’s all about the book, we also can’t say enough about author Heidi Ayarbe – she is super nice and even sends us coffee treats from her home in Colombia! Check out her website, as well as her blog, her Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.
COMPULSION is on-sale May 3rd.
We love our Kindles. We love our company-issued Sony Readers. And of course we love our iPads.
Kids can read in the traditional way with “page turns” and either they can read to themselves or be read aloud to by a parent or caregiver. There’s also a “read to me” feature with a pre-recorded voice. And now, with the new interactive ability, there’s some animation and activities – while still staying true and respectful to the book’s original art and intent, we think (yes, we were skeptical at first too). But LITTLE WHITE RABBIT is darling when he hops. SPLAT THE CAT hides under his bedsheets, peeking out periodically, making us giggle. FANCY NANCY allows the reader to create and draw and interact. It’s pretty darn cool.
Well done, Nook.
It’s arrived in the office. Big time. It affects productivity. It distracts us. And it makes us feel trapped inside. That’s right: it’s SPRING FEVER. And all of us here in school and library marketing have caught it.
In light of our illness, this seems like the perfect video to share today:
written and illustrated by Daniel Roode
In this breathtaking retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”, Azalea, the eldest princess, must fight to save her family—and her heart—from an ancient dark magic within the palace walls. In its starred review for ENTWINED, Booklist said, “Full of mystery, lush settings, and fully orbed characters, [Heather] Dixon’s debut is both suspenseful and rewarding.”
And I can’t help but editorialize here: can you believe that cover? Sooo gorgeous. Do you think I can get away with wearing that dress to the Newbery-Caldecott banquet at ALA this year? Or is that over-the-top?
We recently put Heather Dixon in the hotseat and, despite being a debut novelist, she handled our grueling interview with aplomb and deftness.
What time is your alarm clock set for?
4:30 am. I hit the snooze about 37 times.
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It’s the story of a crabby crab apple that goes around yelling at birds and worms. I can tell you this book formed a lot of my comedic timing as a child.
If you weren’t an author/illustrator, what job would you like to have?
I think I’d like to be a professional taste-tester. I’d wander around places like Costco and Sam’s Club and try out all their food samples and hoard the little spoons and plastic cups and stuff. I pretty much do this all day now so how awesome would it be to get paid for it!!
How many stamps are in your passport?
What’s a passport?
Fie. It’s short and it is also fun to say. Fiefiefiefiefie.
Scourge is a close second.
What are you reading right now?
“Making Money” by Terry Pratchett.
…and Crabby Crabapple.
Finish this sentence: “I always smile when…”
Oh, I always just smile. It’s my favorite!
Funniest (or most interesting) question from a fan?
I actually haven’t met a talking fan yet. I expect they’d say whirrrrrr.
Thanks, Heather, for answering our questions (and introducing us to the magic of Crabby Crabapple)! Visit Heather at her blog, Story Monster (where you find out that she’s a stellar artist as well as a great writer!)!
In its starred review, Publishers Weekly said that “from the first sentence Lamar will have readers hooked.”
Mo Willems has a new picture book, HOORAY FOR AMANDA & HER ALLIGATOR!, on-sale next week on Tuesday, April 26th. When we saw this video trailer, we just couldn’t resist sharing it with you a little early. Take a look:
This year is the 15th anniversary for El día de los niños/El día de los libros! Happy birthday to this wonderful celebration of children and books from all linguistic and cultural backgrounds!
There are lots of celebrations going on and one I’m particularly excited about is the Pura Belpré Celebración at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans this June. Organizers tell us that they’re going to celebrate it as a Quinceañera with a traditional promenade. It’s going to be fabulous – we only hope we can sneak away from our booth long enough to participate!
For your collections, here are some Spanish and bilingual books to consider for your Día celebrations:
- Ada, Alma Flor and F. Isabel Campoy ¡MUU, MOO!: Rimas de animales/Animal Nursery Rhymes. Illus. Vivi Escriva. 2010
- Ada, Alma Flor and F. Isabel Campoy TEN LITTLE PUPPIES/Diez Perritos. Illus. Ulises Wensell. 2011
- Brown, Monica SIDE BY SIDE/Lado a lado. Illus. Joe Cepeda. 2010
- Dorros, Arthur MAMA AND ME. Illus. Rudy Gutierrez. 2011
- Dorros, Arthur RADIO MAN/Don radio. 1997 (paperback)
- Guy, Ginger Foglesong BRAVO! Illus. Rene King Moreno. 2010
- Guy, Ginger Foglesong MY GRANDMA/Mi abuelita. Illus. Vivi Escriva. 2007
- Lacamara, Laura FLOATING ON MAMA’S SONG/Flotando en la canción de mamá. Illus. Yuyi Morales. 2010
- Martinez, Rueben ONCE UPON A TIME/Habia una vez: Traditional Latin American Tales/Cuentos tradicionales latinoamericanos. Illus. Raul Colon. 2010
- Mora, Pat BOOK FIESTA! Illus. Rafael Lopez. 2009
- Mora, Pat WIGGLING POCKETS/Los bolsillos saltarines. Illus. Maribel Suarez. 2009
- Reiser, Lynn Tortillas and Lullabies/Tortillas y cancioncitas. Illus. Corazones Valientes. 2008
This list is by no means exhaustive (many of these authors and illustrators are prolific with rich and beautiful books in their backlist), but hopefully it’ll help get you started.
And make sure to check out the Día website – there’s a wealth of information about hosting your own Día event, events going on around the country, and lots more information.
Happy 15th birthday, Día!
Congratulations to Geraldine McCaughrean and THE DEATH-DEFYING PEPPER ROUX for being named to the Carnegie Medal Shortlist for 2011! It received four starred reviews in the United States and we’re thrilled to see it nominated for this honor!
In its starred review, Kirkus said “[A] laugh-out-loud funny, picaresque adventure. McCaughrean’s frequently over-the-top metaphors mirror the delightfully implausible plot. [A] poignant, odd, wonderfully composed and vastly entertaining novel.”