Saturday, September 10, 2011

Fall Catalogue Picks Part III

(Click on links for Part I and Part II.)

We are in the midst of major renovations and dealing with a few minor catastrophes at home, so please forgive my lapse in blogging. Here's a favorite quote to get us back on track:

“Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.” ~Augustine Birrell, Obiter Dicta, "Book Buying"

And now let's check out what's new at Arthur A. Levine Books! Here's my first fall catalogue pick:

The Sleepless Little Vampire by Richard Egielski

Even creatures of the night can find it hard to sleep!

What could possibly be keeping a little vampire up tonight? Is it the growling of werewolves? Is it the cackling of witches? Is it the rattling of skeletons? No! It's that all the scary creatures sleep during the DAY, silly!

Richard Egielski's artwork brings back fond memories of the fairytales I read as a child. I also enjoyed reading The End by David LaRochelle. Egielski did the illustrations for this picture book too:

(It's one of my favorites!)

Next up:

The Pet Shop Revolution
Written & Illustrated by Ana Juan

A fearless fur and feather escape. Viva la revolution!

Mina felt sorry for the animals in Mr. Walnut's pet shop. Their faces looked sad. Their cages were so small. And Mr. Walnut? Well, he was probably the meanest pet shop owner ever.

Then one day Mina’s pet rabbit disappears, and she’s sure Mr. Walnut has her. So she springs into action, ready to brave danger to free her friend.

What happens next is a surprise bigger than just one small rabbit: an ending that will change Mina, the animals, and even Mr. Walnut forever.

(I’ve been watching for this one!)

Here’s another great title that I recently picked up from Arthur A. Levine Books. This one isn’t a picture book, but you absolutely must read it. There are spectacular illustrations on every single page, and it’s totally hilarious:

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Look up in the sky! It's a BOLD new graphic novel about SUPERHERO PETS!

Captain Amazing, superhero and savior of Metro City, is getting old. He's out all hours battling arch-villains, catching thieves, and helping little old ladies cross the street. He doesn't even have time for his house full of pets. He needs… a sidekick!

Captain Amazing's pets agree. But each one of them thinks he should get the sidekick spot -- and a chance for one-on-one time with the Captain. Get ready for sibling rivalry royale as pets with superpowers duke it out for the one thing they all want -- a super family.

Check out the book trailer:

And this one too:

Did you know that Dan Santat hired me to design and make a plush toy for Sidekicks? This is a Nummers cat:

I made ten of them:

It was a huge honor to be a part of Dan's celebration.


I have a smile from ear to ear. =)

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