Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Fall Catalogue Picks

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."~George Eliot

The next few posts will be highlighting picture books that I hope to order this fall. These are my top picks from children’s publishers and their current catalogues.

First up, Candlewick Press!

Lively stories, superior art, and revisited classics:

(I have quite a few.)

(I gave this one to my grandson.)

And here's what I plan to order this fall:

Scrawny Cat by Phyllis Root
Illustrations by Alison Friend

The scrawny cat used to belong to someone, someone who scratched his ears and let him lick her chin and knew his name. Now the only thing anyone ever calls him is "get out of here!" But when a snarling dog and a blowing rain turn the scrawny cat into a sailor cat, he learns that even a scared and shivery stray can find a kindred soul at the end of a storm-tossed night. Phyllis Root’s lyrical narrative joins with charming illustrations by Alison Friend in a classic, comforting tale about a lost creature that cat lovers (and story hounds) will cozy up to.

(Poor kitty needs a big hug!)

The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Michael Morpurgo
Illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark

In the town of Hamelin, the rich folk live high off the hog, while the poor and sick must scavenge in the trash that’s left behind. And that trash keeps building up and up until a horde of rats overruns the town. In this lively retelling, a spunky street kid narrates the age-old tale of a piper who offers to rid a town of its rats for a single gold coin, then lures away the town’s children when the greedy mayor reneges on the deal. With a nod to contemporary social and environmental themes, former British Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Emma Chichester Clark team up to charm readers with a compelling--and ultimately hopeful--new take on a timeless story.

(Right up my alley!)

King Hugo's Huge Ego by Chris Van Dusen

Hugo is a tiny king with a very large ego. But when he mistreats a villager who also happens to be a sorceress, the spell she casts causes his head to literally swell. The more he boasts, the bigger it gets, until it finally topples the mini monarch right off his castle! Who will cut this royal pain down to size? And, more important, will anyone live happily ever after? Chris Van Dusen’s hilarious story is matched only by his outrageous illustrations. Together, they make for a picture book that is sometimes fairy tale, sometimes cautionary tale, and always laugh-outloud funny.

(Love that royal pooch. LOL!)

Click here to download the entire catalogue. What are your top picks?

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