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THE DRESS AND THE GIRL #picturebooks #starredreviews

“Andros’s words are well matched with Morstad’s evocative artwork, conjuring a gentle, lyrical version of what used to be the dominant American immigration story.”
— The New York Times
Abrams Books | 9781419731617

Abrams Books | 9781419731617

ABOUT THE BOOK

A little girl and her favorite dress dream of an extraordinary life. They enjoy simple pleasures together on a beautiful Greek island. They watch the sunset, do chores, and pick wildflowers on the way home. One day, the dress and the girl must leave the island and immigrate to the United States. Upon arrival, the girl is separated from the trunk carrying her favorite dress, and she fears her dress is lost forever. Many years later, the girl—now all grown up—spots the dress in a thrift store window. As the two are finally reunited, the memories of their times together come flooding back. While the girl can no longer wear the dress, it’s now perfect for her own daughter—and the new journey of a girl and her dress begins. Featuring lush illustrations, The Dress and the Girl is a stunning picture book about memory and the power of the items we hold most dear.

Morstad’s (House of Dreams, 2018, etc.) clean illustrations expertly evoke the era through a nostalgic color palette and the (unnamed) locations through carefully chosen details. The opening and closing spreads echo each other, reinforcing the theme of connection. Immigrant stories are perennially relevant, and the rarely seen 20th-century Greek setting is refreshing.
— Kirkus Reviews
In perfect juxtaposition, the spare, lyrical text is completed by images that capture time, place, and essence. There is a quiet wisdom to this book that asks us to look around and take note and allow time to work its magic.
— Booklist
Together, the carefully crafted text and gorgeous illustrations pair to tell a truly extraordinary tale. A delightful picture book with an important story to be told. Recommended for sharing again and again. **STARRED REVIEW**
— School Library Journal
The lyrical text and evocative art will make readers linger.
— Publishers Weekly

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Camille Andros has made her home in Israel, Utah, Arizona, California, Ohio, Nevada, and, now, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has her BA in health science, is an EMT, and danced ballet for fourteen years. Julie Morstad is an award-winning artist living with her family in Vancouver. She is the illustrator of many books for children, including Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, When Green Becomes Tomatoes, and This Is Sadie.

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Watch the Book Trailer for Animal Gas by Bryan Ballinger

Watch the hilarious book trailer for Sterling Publishing's awesome kid's book ANIMAL GAS (9781454916161) written and illustrated by Bryan Ballinger. 


BOOK SUMMARY

Every kid knows that nothing's funnier than a fart joke. And it's also a universal truth (and mysterious fact) that people don't mind the smell of their own farts. Animal Gas explores this hilarious concept through a parade of animals who describe why they don't think their own farts stink—against the truth about how they REALLY smell!

Sterling Publishing 
Animal Gas
Bryan Ballinger
9781454916161
$14.95 CDN
 

 

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WE LOVE EACH OTHER | New York Times Book Review

We all know "find love before V-DAY" is at the bottom of your February to-do list. Nobody wants to spend their precision time looking for a date when there's a million other things to do like watch figure skaters dance on ice (OLYMPIC time, people). That's why this Valentine's Day we're highlighting books for kids because they actually enjoy receiving candy in kitschy heart shaped boxes and, as The New York Times wrote, "mimicking the conventions of courtship without suffering its uncertainties."  Valentine's Day is also the perfect holiday for children because it offers them another opportunity to learn about love in all its various shapes and forms. And, of course, the best way to teach children is through books. Below you'll find a few of our favorites as well as two titles recently highlighted in The New York Times Book Review:

We Love Each Other, by the Brilliant illustrator Yusuke Yonezu, is a clever and charming board book with an upbeat theme and a special surprise on the last page. The book features birds, elephants, rabbits, turtles and kittens celebrating love and togetherness. Kids will enjoy the bold and colorful illustrations that reveal a surprise beneath the flap on every page.

WE LOVE EACH OTHER Written and illustrated by Yusuke Yonezu Minedition (Independent Publishers Group) 9789888240562 $10.95 Board book Ages 1 to 4

Love You More Than Anything, a picture book by Anna Harber Freeman and illustrated by Jed Henry, is all about telling children how much their parents love them.  This rhyming read-aloud assures kids—in so many ways—that they're loved more than anything in the world. Readers follow an adorable chipmunk family for a fun outing at the park, a special homemade cake after dinner, and a snuggle before bedtime—and all the while mom and dad find dozens of ways, big and small, to give their children the affection and security they crave. Sarah Harrison Smith of The New York Times Book Review wrote, "Sprightly rather than soppy, “Love You More Than Anything” reminds readers that having fun together is one of the best ways families can show their love, whatever the day."

LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING By Anna Harber Freeman Illustrated by Jed Henry Sterling Publishing 9781454900214 $9.95 Picture book Ages 3 to 7

For more on these two titles, read The New York Times Book Review feature "Love for the Littlest, Yusuke Yonezu’s ‘We Love Each Other,’ and More" on their website.

In this favorite Hello Kitty story, Hello Kitty explores what love and friendship mean as she tries to find the perfect gift for her special friend Dear Daniel. After all of her friends offer suggestions that don’t seem quite right, Hello Kitty finally has an idea for something very special that she hopes Dear Daniel will love. Includes bonus Valentine’s Day cards.

HELLO KITTY HELLO LOVE By Sanrio Abrams Books 9781419712494 $7.99 Picture Book Ages 3 to 8

Learn the names of six animals and their sounds as friendly farm animals say hello to each other on each spread. Featuring sturdy tabs to turn and a die-cut handle built right into the book, this is the perfect story for little ones to read together with parents or flip through on their very own.

This new book in the I Love Learning series teaches simple concepts while reminding little ones how much they are cherished through Sandra Magsamen's signature heartfelt text and cozy, hand-stitched illustration style. Readers will *love* learning about animal sounds!

BAA, MOO, I LOVE YOU By Sandra Magsaman Little, Brown for Young Readers 9780316133586 $8.99 Board Book Ages 0 to 3

Ten little fingers, ten little toes Two little ears and one little nose. Two warm cheeks, all rosy and bright A kiss and a cuddle to say goodnight. An exuberant and heartwarming book about the arrival of a new baby from the creators of I Love My Mummy and I Love My Daddy. One little boy discovers all the wonderful things about his new little sibling is this joyful top-to-toe celebration of babies. A warm-hearted, celebratory book that's perfect for sharing when welcoming a new baby to the family. From the bestselling author Giles Andreae, whose rhyming text perfectly captures the joyful exuberance of young children, and the award-winning Emma Dodd, whose cheerful colours and irrepressible illustrations delight children and their parents everywhere.

I LOVE YOU BABY By Emma Dodd & Giles Andreae HUK Kids 9781408327494 $16.99 Picture Book Ages 0 to 5

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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: HARD LUCK | Cover Reveal & Book Tour!

It’s Hard Luck being a Wimpy Kid!

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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: HARD LUCK

the 8th book in the #1 bestselling series by Jeff Kinney, on sale 11.5.13!

 

Promotions for Hard Luck begin today as an authorless nationwide Hard Luck Truck Tour rolls out. The first stop is a special cover reveal event at Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in New Jersey, to be followed by a 3 month, 50 city, 150 stop tour that includes stops in TORONTO, KINGSTON, BELLVILLE, & MONTREAL August 17-19th!

August 17th: Mabel's Fables & Type Books Toronto

August 18th: Chapters Belleville & Kingston

August 19th: Oink Oink, Livres Babar and Archambault books Montreal

At each stop, fans are treated to free photos and Wimpy Kid goodies, and they can preorder book 8 and purchase favorite backlist titles. Fans can see if the truck will be in their neighborhood by visiting wimpykid.com.

In Hard Luck, Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has abandoned him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes,

Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

Go to www.wimpykid.com/wimpykid8 to download Hard Luck wallpaper!

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Carnegie Medal & Kate Greenway Nominees

Untitled-4More exciting news from our publishers! We are pleased to announce that we have the following two titles on short list for the Carnegie Medal:

Established in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), the Carnegie Medal is a British literary award that annually recognizes one outstanding new book for children or young adults.

Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books, has also been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, which was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children.

The winners will be announced in June!

9781419701689A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Abrams, 9781419701689

Mary O’Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny can’t let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary’s street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Granny’s own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past. Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.

9781780620091Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Indigo/HUK, 9781780620091

Have you ever had the feeling that you've lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you've never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens. In 2073 on the remote and secretive island of Blessed, where rumour has it that no one ages and no children are born, a visiting journalist, Eric Seven, and a young local woman known as Merle are ritually slain. Their deaths echo a moment ten centuries before, when, in the dark of the moon, a king was slain, tragically torn from his queen. Their souls search to be reunited, and as mother and son, artist and child, forbidden lovers, victims of a vampire they come close to finding what they've lost. In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon - the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter's moon, the blood moon - this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting. Beautifully imagined, intricately and cleverly structured, this is a heart-wrenching and breathtaking love story with the hallmark Sedgwick gothic touches of atmosphere, blood-spilling and sacrifice.

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Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books, 9780340999349

Following on from the fabulous Dust 'n' Bones and Fangs 'n' Fire, comes Pirates 'n' Pistols - ten swashbuckling pirate tales. Come face-to-face with some of the most villainous and scurrilous rogues ever to sail the seven seas in these stories about pirates from all around the world. This special giftbook edition is packed full of traditional pirate myths and legends, as well as some new and original tales, re-told and illustrated by the award-winning Chris Mould. Stories include: Davy Jones, Treasure Island, The Tenth Man, The Gold Bug, Dead Man's Ink, Dionysus, Cross-legged Jack, Mochimitsu's Music, Jewel of Bengal and Ghost in the Cupboard. Read more about Chris Mould at http://www.chrismouldink.com/.Piratesnpistols_9780340999349

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The Carnegie medal shortlist in full

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, Bloomsbury A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Marion Lloyd Books Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, Hot Key Books In Darkness by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury Wonder by RJ Palacio, Bodley Head Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Indigo A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton, David Fickling Books Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Electric Monkey

The Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist in full

Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan Children's Books Again! by Emily Gravett, Macmillan Children's Books Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton, Walker Books I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Walker Books Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (author), Puffin Books Black Dog by Levi Pinfold, Templar Publishing Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author), Walker Books

MO WILLEMS

On April 7th, at the beautiful YMCA Elm Street Theatre, Mo Willems read from his hilarious and charming new book, THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!? (ISBN 9781423151289) to a delighted crowd of librarians, parents, teachers and, of course, giggling children. The event, organized by Mabel's Fables and Small Print Toronto, sold-out in 48hrs! Photos below...

THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!? Hyperion Books for Children Publication date: April 3, 2012 ISBN: 9781423151289; CDN $17.50; Ages 2-6

For more tour dates please visit Mo’s website: http://mowillemsdoodles.blogspot.com/2012/03/duckling-gets-cookie-tour.html